Research Talks

PaleoFest Research

March 6 & 7 2021

A weekend of research sharing

Join us for our 23rd year of the Burpee Museum's annual PaleoFest! PaleoFest has become a much anticipated event on the paleontology scene bringing researchers, students, and interested public together to share research, paleo news, network, and discuss.

A New Format: VIRTUAL

Burpee Museum is excited to present our 23rd PaleoFest 2021. This year we are virtual for the first time! As usual, we are boasting an impressive lineup of guest speakers and researchers. Taking advantage of our virtual format, we are bringing more international speakers than usual! Presentations available to ticket holders for 60 days after the close of the event.

Not Just for Professional Scientists

Students, interested community members, and aspiring scientists are encouraged to join the experts as they share stories, research, and experiences. It is a great opportunity to make connections and become inspired! 

Ticket Options

Weekend PaleoFest VIP  | Public $150 | Member/Student $100 

Ticket includes admission to ALL talks for the whole weekend, PLUS small on-line Q&A meeting with one of the speakers, Burpee Collections Tour, PaleoFest t-shirt, and PaleoFest 2021 poster.  Talks available for 60 days after event closes.

(to guarantee shipment of t-shirt before event, order by February 18)

Weekend PaleoFest Lecture Series | Public $75 | Member/Student $65

This pass gets you into all the science lectures on SATURDAY and SUNDAY! Save by joining for both days, and choose to watch all the talks! Talks available for 60 days after event closes.

Saturday ONLY PaleoFest Lecture Series | Public $60 | Member/Student $45

Join us for Saturday talks only, and enjoy the speaker lineup from around the world! Talks available for 60 days after event closes.

Sunday ONLY PaleoFest Lecture Series | Public $60 | Member/Student $45

Join us for Sunday talks only, and enjoy the speaker lineup from around the world! Talks available for 60 days after event closes.

Speaker Line-Up 2021

There will be a total of 12 speakers from around the world. Below is a sneak peek at some the 2021 speaker line up! Talk titles and abstracts coming soon.

Julie Meachen

Des Moines University, USA. Vertebrate Paleontologist -- mammalian carnivores: Presentation: Wolf Pup mummy from the Yukon.

Steve Salisbury

Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia. Vertebrate Paleontologist who studies Dinosaurs and Crocodylians from Gondwana

Caitlin Colleary

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, USA. Molecular Taphonomy

Thomas Holtz

University of Maryland, USA. Vertebrate Paleontologist who studies Theropod Dinosaurs

Diego Pol

Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, Argentina. Vertebrate Paleontologist studying the evolution of Dinosaur and Crocodylians of Patagonia.

Lauren Sallan

University of Pennsylvania, USA.  Paleobiologist who studies macroevolutionary processes in early vertebrates and marine ecosystems.

Heidi Allen

Geological Survey of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. Paleontologist studying Microbialites of Western Australia and how they shaped life on Earth.

Eric Scott

Cogstone Resource Management, California USA.  Vertebrate Paleontologist studying Ice Age Mammals