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Molecular Paleontology Workshop



Pre-Meeting Workshop August 13, 1995 Molecular Paleontology: New techniques and
applications at the First SEPM Congress on Sedimentary Geology, St.Pete Beach,
Florida Aug. 13-16, 1995

General Overview
Molecular Paleontology is a young,
interdisciplinary field that offers new approaches
for interpreting the fossil record.   Analysis of
organic/inorganic constituents in geological
materials can potentially provide valuable
information on taxonomy, paleoecology, as well as
diagenesis of the components over time.  So many
molecular techniques are being presently employed
that it can be a daunting prospect to "keep up" on
the latest innovations, the potential of techniques
and their pitfalls.  We have yet to take full
advantage of the wealth of information that remains
confined within the organic component of fossils. 
Come expand your background and evaluate the
prospects of this information in your research area
by hearing experts in the field discuss the latest
in research, applications, and future directions.
     
Goals
This workshop is designed to acquaint the
participant in some of the fundamental principals
and techniques for the recovery and analysis of
molecular data.  Experts will discuss topics such
as using residual molecules of skeletal components
for taxonomy and tracing decay pathways;  detection
and recovery of ancient DNA and its application to
taxonomic problems; the use of antibodies for
taxonomic studies;  microstructural concerns
(organic/inorganic interactions) and their
potential use;  biomarkers and their application to
fields of paleoecology and geology. 

Structure
This workshop is divided into a morning and an
afternoon session.  The participants will become
familiarized with some of the major innovations in
the field and their new applications in the morning
session.  The afternoon session will include "hands
on" demonstrations and poster discussions.

Workshop Leaders and Participants: 
Lisa L. Robbins (U. South FL) and Peggy Ostrom
(Michigan State):  Molecular analysis of ancient
proteins;

Participants:
Emily CoBabe  (UMass): Use of bivalve shell lipids
as paleoecological and paleo-
environmental indicators;
Matthew Collins (Univ. Newcastle England):
Diagenetic pathways of  fossil organic material; 
Jean-Pierre Cuif  and Yannicke Dauphin (Universite
de Paris): Molecular preservation in ancient
sponges, corals and mollusks; 
Stephen Macko (Univ. of Virginia): Authentication
of amino acid indigeneity in ancient materials;
George Poinar, (UCal- Berkeley) and Hendrik Poinar
(U. Munich) - Extraction and analysis of ancient
DNA ;

Registration: Professionals-$125.; Students-$50.
For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa
Robbins, (813) 974-1597; robbins@chuma.cas.usf.edu