Paleonet: GSA Topical Session-T113. Geological and Paleobiological Collections: Best Practices for Preservation, Access, and Use in a Changing World

Ann M Molineux annm at
Mon Jun 28 17:07:17 GMT 2010

Dear Colleagues,

We draw your attention to our timely topical session concerning geological and paleobiological collections, at the upcoming GSA annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Abstracts are due August 10th.

T113. Geological and Paleobiological Collections: Best Practices for Preservation, Access, and Use in a Changing World
Sponsors: Paleontological Society; Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections; Mineralogical Society of America; GSA Geoinformatics Division
Organizers: Ann Molineux (Texas Natural Science Center; annm at<mailto:annm at>), Tim White (Yale Peabody Museum; tim.white at<mailto:tim.white at>), Christopher Michael Holl (Princeton University; choll at<mailto:choll at>)

This session provides an opportunity for geoscientists to examine ways to access geological and paleobiological specimens and effective methods to retrieve their related data, underscoring the inherent value of such resources for innovative research and education. As geoscience departments of many colleges and universities are reevaluating their priorities, the value and utility of the fundamental building blocks of past studies are coming under question. In addition, many museums have large backlogs of uncataloged and unprocessed materials that also present challenges for potential research and teaching purposes. In order to access these collections we need to investigate methods for assessing risk, value and priority for curation, improved collections care and the management of specimens and related information. The availability of new methodologies, database applications and internet resources has greatly increased the ability to efficiently manage geological and paleobiological collections for research, education and outreach. Other scientific disciplines, such as biological informatics that has lead to many innovations for collections access and use will be explored. There is a wealth of research and educational opportunities available for existing geological and paleobiological collections. The use of emerging technologies, widespread access to the Internet and construction of online "virtual collections" and data portals, using such data retrieval protocols as DiGIR, are making collections related information accessible to geoscientists and other scientists looking to test hypothesis regarding earth processes and the history of life. We welcome submissions that describe innovative research made possible through use of these collections and associated information."

To submit an abstract follow the links for session T113 on: For more information please contact Ann, Tim or Chris.


Ann Molineux, PhD
Curator and Collection Manager
Non-vertebrate Paleontology, Texas Natural Science Center
The University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 512-232-5384 (lab): Phone: 512-512-792-5521 (cell)
Location: Bldg 122, J.J.Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX78758

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