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The papers presented in this SEPM Special Publication are the result of the successful SEPM Research Conference of the same name held on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas, during the days of March 6–11, 2005. Dr. Garry D. Jones originated the idea of a problem focused microfossil conference and he was the primary driving force during the conferences early planning until his untimely passing in May of 2004. At that time a group of Garry’s colleagues carried forward his wishes for the conference through to its successful completion. More than 150 participants from 20 countries registered for the conference, and over 90 oral and poster sessions were given during the three formal days of the conference. In addition, 22 corporate and institutional sponsors donated over US $35,000 to ensure the success of this event. After expenses the remaining funds were passed on to SEPM, and a scholarship was established in Garry’s memory to support students conducting micropaleontological research and is administered by the North American Micropaleontology Society (NAMS).

During the course of the conference, five invited speakers initiated the two-and-a-half days technical sessions. These included: John Anderson (Rice University), Mike Simmons (Neftex, UK), Ernest Mancini (University of Alabama), Henk Brinkhuis (University of Utrecht) and James Ogg (Purdue University). The topics of the scientific sessions themselves covered the entire realm of micropaleontology of the Phanerozoic from all corners of the globe. On the Tuesday evening of the conference, the Plenary Dinner was held in the science exhibits hall of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils: A Volume in Honor of Garry D. Jones

SEPM Special Publication No. 93, Copyright © 2009

SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), ISBN 978-1-56576-137-7, p. 5–6.

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