23rd Annual Midcontinent Paleobotanical
March 10-12, 2006
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Co-sponsored by the Florida
Paleontological Society and features a keynote
address by Kirk Johnson
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The Midcontinent Paleobotanical Colloquium (MPC)
is held on a different campus each year, providing an informal forum
for paleobotany students and professors to meet with others interested
in fossil plants for social interaction and exchange of information
and ideas. For background and historical overview of the MPC, including
its occasional drift to the extreme margins of the North American "midcontinent",
This year's meeting, co-hosted by the Florida
Paleontological Society (FPS) and the Gainesville
Paleobotany and Palynology Group*, will be held at the University
of Florida Campus in Gainesville, Florida. Welcome and registration
will be in the lobby of Dickinson Hall, Friday afternoon through Saturday
morning. Friday evening at 6:30 pm, we will have an informal barbeque
dinner in the Dickinson Hall courtyard. During the day on Saturday,
there will be a full program of fossil plant lectures and posters dealing
with various aspects of fossil plants and their applications in geological
and biological research. A field trip to Eocene quarries yielding fossil
sea grass remains is planned for Sunday.
Friday (March 10), Afternoon and Evening (Dickinson
Hall, at Museum Rd and Newell Dr.)
- Open house--visit the paleobotany laboratory
and collections in Dickinson Hall. Check in at local hotels begins
at 1:30 pm.
- Registration begins in Dickinson Hall at 4:00
pm. Current research projects will be on exhibit.
- Contributed posters may be set up on Friday
afternoon and will be taken down Saturday before dinner.
- Informal barbeque dinner on the patio of Dickinson
Hall at 6:30 pm.
Saturday (March 11): (Physics auditorium - Room
1002, walking distance from Dickinson Hall)
- Morning and afternoon (Physics auditorium,
near Dickinson Hall):
- Oral presentations, morning through afternoon.
- Lunch is open, with a nearby campus cafeteria
- Poster presentations and discussion time
is planned for the afternoon.
- Evening (Paramount Plaza Hotel, and Bivens
North Lake house):
- 5:30 pm Bivens North Lake house, mixer
- 6:30 pm banquet at the Paramount Plaza
- 7:30 pm Evening lecture: The Green River
Paleobotany Project by Kirk Johnson (Denver Museum of Nature and
Sunday (March 12):
- Optional field trips to visit Eocene limestone
quarries from which sea grass impressions have been recovered and
to local natural areas to view extant flora and fauna.
click here to view the program in detail.
For those who can stay longer, please join us
for the Advances in Paleobotany Conference, convening Sunday evening
and continuing through Wednesday evening, March 15. This conference,
celebrating the contributions of David Dilcher and Jack Wolfe, will
include symposia on Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleobotany and a range of
contributed papers and posters from both US and international colleagues.
Click here for more information.
Due on February 15, 2006. Please use this format (word
or pdf) to compose your abstract.
Please send your abstract to Judy
Chen at email@example.com as
Please click here to view submitted
abstract to MPC.
The cost of the meeting is $35 for students and $65 for professionals.
This includes registration, dinner on Friday and Saturday, and refreshments
Saturday morning and afternoon. Breakfasts and Lunch on Saturday are
not included. There is no cost to participate in the Sunday excursion.
Registration payment should be postmarked by February 15, 2006. Payment
should be in the form of a check or money order in US dollars made out
to GAINESVILLE PALEOFEST (credit cards NOT accepted). If you are also
IN PALEOBOTANY, a three-day program of symposia, contributed papers
and posters and social events, celebrating the achievements of Jack
A. Wolfe and David L. Dilcher, you may submit a single check with the
combined registration total for both events (please e-mail Hongshan
Wang, if you intend to participate, so that we include you in the
advance count of participants expected for receptions and banquets).
Please download the registration form here in PDF
or word format and send the form
and your payment to:
FLMNH, Dickinson Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800
Nearby hotels along SW 13th street, south of
the university campus, range from $45 to $79. "Hobo housing"
may also be arranged by request for visiting grad students to stay overnight
at the homes of local faculty and students.
For Paramount Plaza Hotel at the Lake, the guaranteed
(discounted) room rate is $79 for both single and double occupancy.
They do not have a way for registering for group discount on line. Please
call the hotel directly to reserve your room at 877-992-9229 (Toll free
in the US; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Be sure to mention "Paleofest" and the guaranteed rate mentioned
These hotels are served by a direct city bus
line to the Museum (Bus #13 runs every 15 min. Disembark at Dickinson
Hall, at the corner of Museum Rd and Newell Dr.), and are 15-25 minutes
by walking to the Museum.
Please reserve directly with the hotels:
- Comfort Inn, 13th St.: 352-373-6500. 10 minutes
walking distance to Paramount conference center.
- Florida Motel: 352-376-3742. Older small
motel with less expensive rooms. 5 minutes walking distance to Paramount
- Rush Lake Motel. Ten minutes walking distance
to the Museum (Dickinson Hall). Phone: 1-888-787-4525 or 352-373-5000.
15 minutes walking distance to Paramount Conference Center.
- Bambi Motel: 1-800-342-2624 or 352-376-2622.
Older small motel with less expensive rooms. 15 minutes walking distance
to Paramount Conference Center and the Museum.
The Florida Museum of Natural History is situated on the University
of Florida campus in Gainesville, a few miles east from Interstate Highway
75. Gainesville regional airport is served by Delta and US Air airlines.
The closest larger airport hub is Jacksonville, Florida (JAX), about
1.5 hours driving from Gainesville.
If you arrive to the Gainesville airport (GNV), we will arrange free
transportation to and from the airport (please let us know your arrival
date and time). Those arriving to Jacksonville or Orlando are requested
to cover the additional expense of ground transportation to Gainesville.
We are prepared to make two or three round trips to JAX with the museum
van for pickups in the late morning and afternoon of Friday, March 12.
If you desire to be included in this informal shuttle service please
let us know as soon as possible your flight number and arrival time.
Those considering car rental from JAX or Orlando may wish to consider
AVIS, which has a drop off and pick up counter conveniently situated
at our host hotel, the Gainesville Paramount Plaza. [When making reservations,
request theState of Florida--University of Florida rate for a significant
Shuttle service from Jacksonville or Orlando airport may also be arranged
directly with the service providers by the participants. For example
Runways Transportation Company
provide one way ($35/passenger and $52/two passengers) or round trip
($60/passenger and $90/two passengers) service between Jacksonville
The Florida Museum of Natural History is situated
on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, a few miles east
from Interstate Highway 75. Gainesville regional airport is served by
Delta and US Air airlines. The closest larger airport hub is Jacksonville,
Florida (JAX), about 1.5 hours driving from Gainesville.
Please be advised that the Florida Museum of
Natural History has two buildings on opposite sides of the University
of Florida Campus. Highway and local road signs for the Museum point
to the exhibition building (Powell Hall) on the west side of the campus.
However, our conference is centered at the research building (Dickinson
Hall), located at the intersection of Museum Road and Newell Drive,
near the east side of the campus.
Parking restrictions are lifted on weekends (after 4:30 p.m. on Friday
afternoon), so parking during the meeting should not be a problem. Before
4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, visitor permits are available from checkpoints
located throughout the campus, or from the University Police Department
located at the southeast corner of Museum Road and Newell Drive. With
visitor permits, meeting participants can park on level one in Parking
Garage 4 which is located at the northeast corner of Museum Road and
Newell Drive. The Florida Museum of Natural History is on the southwest
corner with front entrance on the Museum Road. The following is a schematic
map of the Museum, Parking Garage 4 and the University Police Department.
Click here to
view or print a larger version of this map.
*The Gainesville Paleobotany
and Palynology Group currently includes
David Dilcher, David Jarzen, Beth Kowalski, Steven Manchester, Terry
Lott, Hongshan Wang, along with graduate students Judy Chen, Shusheng
Hu, Paula Mejia, Elizabeth O'leary.
Division | Florida Museum of Natural
History | University of Florida