We are all a little jealous of Brian Switek this week, as he is off geeking out and hanging out with a number of great minds in paleontology at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting in Berlin. Basically this doesn’t just translate to fabulously interesting conversations that we are missing out on, but also good German beer and sausages … aaaaaaACKKKK!!!
To ease the pain, Brian has promised to let us be a fly on the wall of some of his dinotastic paleo chats by filming ‘In Conversations With’ some of the great paleontological minds of the day. And he has even promised to ask some questions from us for a #2014SVP edition of PaleoMailbag, if we are quick about it and send questions to him before he and his camera find themselves chatting with the various literati of the paleo world!
So who will Brian be chatting with at #2014SVP, that we can share our desired questions for in the comments below?
Well, not to put too much pressure on Brian, we know he has absolutely promised to corner:
- non-avian dinosaur paleontologist Steve Brusatte
- ungulate palaeobiologist Jessica Theodor
- evolutionary croc specialist Stephanie Drumheller-Horton
- dinosaur biomechanic guy Henrich Mallison
- natural history illustrator and biologist Julius Csotonyi
But as Brian enjoys getting around, he is going to try and chat with many more paleo literati, including: tetrapod biodiversity and extinction PhD student Jon Tennant, vertebrate functional morphology and evolution prof Casey Holliday, paleontology student Danny Vidal, paleontologist / geologist Don Prothero, evolution and palaeobiology of ankylosaurid dinosaur PhD student Victoria Arbour, Triassic crocodile-line archosaurs grad student Susan Drymala, palaeontologist Paul Barrett, and paleoecology PhD student and podcaster Ryan Haupt, who have already expressed interest in being on camera for all of you!
Brian had just better be forewarned, while allowing us to partake in #2014SVP conversations through his camera is most appreciated, taunting us with photo or video of him enjoying German beer and sausages is liable to bring out the T rex (in me, at least)! And yes, to answer your next question (and to forewarn), I do bite!
So be good young dinos now and pop your questions in the comments below!