The Paleontological Society

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Paleontological Society
International Research Program (PalSIRP)

Sepkoski Grants for 2014

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 2014, 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:

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Please do not submit proposals by post!
Proposals must be received by April 1, 2014 to be considered for 2014 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 2014 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 2011

Name, Home Institution: Title of Proposal



Vasily Marusin: Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Novosibirisk, Russia: Organisn-sediment interactions during the late Ediacrian Kotlinian Crisis: insight to evolving benthic communities.

Evgeny Maschenko: Borissiak Paleontological Institute, RAS, Moscow, Russia: morphology and evolution of the middle and late Pleistocene Mammoths (Mammuthus trogontherii and M. primigemius) in Belorussia.

Evgeny Popov: Department of Paleontology, Saratov State University, Seratov, Russia: Collecting chimaeriform fish remains from the Albian-Cenomanian phosphatic sands of Stoilensky Quarry, central Russia.

Andrey Sennikov: Borissiak Paleontological Institute, RAS, Moscow, Russia: Triassic Sauropterygia in Russia – from cymatosaurid to clasmosarid.


Anna Stepanova: Paleontological Institute, RAS, Moscow, Russia: Taxonomic study of the Equatorial Pacific Pleistocene-Holocene deep-water Ostracoda and paleooceanographic implication of ostracod assemblages.


Mikhail Zuykov: Department of Paleontology, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia: A revision of British Lower Paleozoic Platystrophia-like brachiopods.



Pavel Gol’din: Department of Zoology, V.I Vernadsky Taurida University, Simferopol, Ukraine: Research on fossil marine mammals in Crimea and adjacent areas.


Evgeny Perkovsky: Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NASU, Kiev, Ukraine: Syninclusions: to the understanding of the biotic structure of late Eocene environments.

Helena Sirenko: Institute of Geological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine: Influence of mail geological events in the early Pliocene over the vegetation cover composition of Platform Ukraine and correlation of various in age Lower Pliocene sediments using palynological data.


Olev Vinn: Department of Geology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia: Endosymbiotic invertebrates in the Ordovician of Estonia (Baltica).




Matúš Hyžný, Department of geology and Paleontology, Comenius University in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia: Systematic revision of the Miocene mud shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Calliannassidae and Ctenochelidae) of the central Paratethyes.


Dimeter Ivanov: Department of Paleobotany and Palynology, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, sofia, Bulgaria: Critical palymorph taxa from Miocene sediments (Southeast Europe): taxonomic identification and climatic reconstruction.


Czech Republic

Milos Siblik: Institute of Geology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic: Lower Jurassic rhynchonellid brachiopods of the southern part of the Totes Gebirge Mtns. - systematic revision paleobiogeographical and facial aspects of their distribution.


Magdalena Łukowiak: Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland: Historical changes in Caribbean sponge communities: Calibrating the Caribbean sponge spicule record.


Barbara Studencka: Polish Academy of Sciences Museum of the Earth in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland: Late Miocene bivalves from Cacela (Algarve, southern Portugal) housed at the Geological Museum of INETI in Lisbon.