Tate Annual Summer Conference | Casper College, Wyoming

Tate Annual Summer Conference

Tate Conference 2018: June 1-3

Paleobotany: Rooted In The Past

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Scott Wing, Smithsonian Institution. 

“Fossils to the Rescue – What the Distant Past has to tell us about the Present and the Future.”  

Overview of conference events:

keep an eye on this space for details...


(Listed alphabetically, for now)

•Sarah AllenFlorissant Fossil Beds National Monument

"Reconstructing the paleoecology and paleoclimatology of an early Eocene site in southwestern Wyoming using plant fossils."

Keith BerryHoehne Schools

"Rediscovering the Vermejo and Raton Megafloras 100 Years after W.T. Lee and F.H. Knowlton."

Karen Chin, University of Colorado

"Direct evidence of herbivory by non-avian dinosaurs in the Cretaceous."

Regan Dunn, Field Museum

"Forest Canopy Response to Greenhouse Warming at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum."

Patricia Gensel, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

"It (almost) all happened in the Devonian-  a current view of early land plants."

Bonnie JacobsSouthern Methodist University. 

"Beyond Sheba: How Ethiopia’s paleobotanical riches inform about ecosystem evolution, climate and atmosphere."

Andrew LeslieBrown University

"The Mesozoic roots of modern conifer cones."

Steve ManchesterFlorida Museum of Natural History 

"The inside story on Paleocene fruits and seeds:  new discoveries from micro-CT scanning of fossiliferous sediments from the Fort Union Formation in central Wyoming."

Ian Miller, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

"The Campanian Vegetation of Laramidia."

Mike RischbieterPresbyterian College

"The palynology and paleobotany of the lower Permian Alfredo Wagner locality in Santa  Catarina State, Brazil."

Lauren Azevedo Schmidt, University of Wyoming

"The effects of climate variables on plant and insect herbivore communities across the

Paleocene Eocene boundary, Hanna Basin WY."

Selena Y. Smith, University of Michigan

"Dead plants tell no lies: fossil insights about the evolution of monocot flowering plants."

Elisabeth Wheeler, North Carolina State University

"The inside story on Yellowstone’s spectacular fossil forests


Yellowstone. Not just geysers and grizzlies – fantastic fossil forests." 

Plus a couple of posters this year...

Beth Southwell, Laramie, Wyoming and Brent Breithaupt, BLM Wyoming State Office

"The 19th Century Discovery of Fossil Cycads, Morrison Formation, Carbon County, Wyoming."

•Matt Parker, Casper College and J-P Cavigelli, Tate Geological Museum

"Fossil Plant specimens in the Tate Museum Collections."

Field Trips:

The first field trip will be to the Eagle Butte Coal Mine in Gillette, Wyoming on June 1st.  This is an open pit coal mine that supplies coal to much of the country.  The mine owners, Blackjewel, LLC, will allow us in to look for Paleocene leaves in some of the overburden that they will put aside just for us.  It is about a two our drive from Casper, and there will probably be a safety talk.  Company geologist Dave Olson will be leading the group around.  

The second field trip will be to the Big Cedar Ridge locality in the Bighorn Basin on Sunday June 3rd.  This has been labeled a paleobotanical Pompeii due to its excellent preservation.  Keynote speaker Scott Wing discovered it in 1990 and will be showing us around and telling us about the fossils and the work done there.    It is in the Campanian Meteetsee Formation. 


We will have rooms reserved for the Tate Conference at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper.   


We are always looking for sponsors for our conference.  With the help of sponsors we are able to defray the costs of the Tate Conference, especially bringing the speakers to Casper.