The Paleontological Society

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Paleontological Society
International Research Program (PalSIRP)

Sepkoski Grants for 2015

The Paleontological Society is pleased to announce continuation and modification of its small grants program for paleontologists living in Eastern Europe and republics of the former Soviet Union. For 2015, the Paleontological Society will award fifteen grants of US $1000. These grants will be made directly to individuals and not to institutions. Grantees will be selected by a committee of the Paleontological Society based on the quality and feasibility of the proposed research. Consideration will be given to paleontologists of all levels ranging from graduate student research to research by active retirees. PalSIRP Sepkoski Grants are named in honor of Dr. J. John Sepkoski, Jr., founder of the program. Dr. Sepkoski died at age 50 in 1999.

Applications for a PalSIRP Sepkoski Grant must include the following four items, all typed in English.

  1. The Cover sheet (download cover sheet here) completely filled out and sent with the rest of the application.
  2. Cover letter, stating the applicant's full name as it appears on the passport, passport number, date of birth, institutional affiliation, address, telephone number, FAX number, and especially the e-mail address. The letter should also provide names and addresses (including e-mail) of North American/European Community (exclusive of former Warsaw Pact countries) paleontologists familiar with the applicant's research; these persons will be used as referees and will be contacted by the Sepkoski Grants Committee.
  3. Research proposal, no longer than two pages, single-sided divided into the following sections.
    I. A project title,
    II. A brief description of proposed research,
    IIa. The significance of the research, both regionally and globally, and
    III. The general uses funds from the Sepkoski Grant
    The subject matter covered by grant proposals may be in any field under the discipline of paleontology/paleobiology. Applicants should look over the Journal of Paleontology as a guide to acceptable topics. Appropriate ancillary uses of Sepkoski Grant funds include (but are not limited to) salary support, domestic and foreign travel, and equipment purchase. Requests for field expenses, publication costs, attendance at scientific meetings, and related aspects to any of these areas is acceptable. If you receive a grant we ask that a brief accounting of how the funds were spent be sent a year after the grant is received
  4. Curriculum vitae (C.V.) listing birth date, education, current professional position, and all published papers, articles, and books. Additional information, such as employment history, awards, participation in international conferences and projects, etc., may be included.

The cover sheet and items (2-4) must be sent by e-mail (in Microsoft Word or plain- text) as a single attachment, (not multiple attachments), to the following address:

Please do not submit proposals by post!
Proposals must be received by April 1, 2015 to be considered for 2015 funding. Proposals received after that date will not be considered. Proposals not written in English will be returned without consideration. Paleontologists living in the following countries are currently eligible for PalSIRP Sepkoski Grants: all republics of the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic States, Mongolia, and nations in Eastern Europe (other than East Germany), including Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

There is no limit to the number of times a paleontologist may apply for a PalSIRP Sepkoski Grant but only one application, per year, will be considered.  Awards are usually made in November and December.

     Applicants for the 2015 grant program should contact their North American or European Community referees by e-mail to determine their willingness to act as recommenders. It is also suggested that applicants send a copy of their proposal to their referees for informational purposes.   We stress on the strongest terms the importance of this. 

The Paleontological Society asks all colleagues for their assistance in advertising PalSIRP Sepkoski Grants.  Please send this grant application information to your colleagues in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Ronald L. Parsley,
PalSIRP  Sepkoski Grants
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118  USA

Awardees for 2014

Anistratenko, Olga, Dept.Cenozoic Deposits, Inst. of Geological Sciences, Nat. Akad of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kiev, Sarmatian Patellogastropoda( Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Eastern Paraththyes:morphology, paleoecology and Biogeography.

Anistrarenko, Vitaliy, Dept. Invertebrate Zoology, Schmalhausen Inst. of Zoology, Nat. Akad. of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kiev. Larval alteration in Maeotian Sea gastropods: a mode of surviving and speciation under decreasing salinity.

Bannikov, Alexander, Borisyak Paleontological Inst., RAS, Moscow. Field excavations of marine fishes from the Paleocene/Eocene boundary deposits in the North Caucasus.

Borszez, Tomasz, Dept. Marine Ecology, Inst. of Oceanology, Pol. Acad. Sci., Warszawy, SLAB: Slabs with sea urchins as a unique tool for discovering drivers in the macroevolutionary history of echinoderms.

Bratishko, Andriy, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine, Miocene teleostean fish  fauna (otoliths) from the Zavetnoe, Crimea, Ukraine.

Fatka, Oldrich, Inst. Geology and Palaeontology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Attendance at the Field Workshop of Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy in Kunming in August, 2014.

Ivanov, Aleksandr, Dept. Sedimentary Geology, Inst. Earth Sciences, St. Petersburg University, Russia, Late Paleozoic neoselachian sharks: dental morphology, diversity, distribution and phylogenetic relationships.

Nemyrovska, Tamara, Inst. Geological Sciences, Nat. Acad. of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kiev, Analysis of the conodont sucession in the Donets Basin, Ukraine, to evaluate potential biostratigraphic markers for GSSP at the Moscovian/Kasimovia (Middle/Upper Pennsylvanian) boundary.

Novikov, Igor, Borissiak Paleontological Inst., RAS, Moscow, Russia, Differentiation of the amphibian faunas in the Early Triassic of Eastern Europe.

Perkovsky, Evgeny, Schmalhausen Inst. of Zoology, National Acad. of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kiev, Sakhalinian amber, an exceptional window to the temperate Eocene of Asia (primitive ants vs. advanced dipterans).

Rosina, Valentina, Borissiak Paleotological Inst., Laboratory of Mammals,  RAS, Moscow, Postcranial morphology of bats (Chiroptera, Mammalia) from the Late Eocene localities of Ukraine: implications to paleoecology and evolution.

Sirenko, Olena, Inst. of Geological Sciences, Nat. Acad. Of Sciences of the Ukraine., Kiev, Palynological studies of Sarmatian deposits of Ukraine for purpose of their stratification, correlation and reconstruction of the paleogeographic formation conditions.

Sennikov, Andrey, Borissiak Paleontological Inst., RAS, Moscow, Russia, Coprolites of tetrapods – the window in the Vyaznikovian pre-crisis Terminal Permian continental ecosystem.

Tolokonnikova, Zoya, Kuban State University, Geological Faculty, Regional and Marine Geology, Krasnodar, Russia, Late Devonian-Mississippian Bryozoans from Eurasia.

Wagner, Jan, National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Ursine bear origin: phenotypic characteristic and taxonomic status of the earliest representatives of subfamily Ursinae.