Updated March 17, 2020, 5:00 pm:

AmQua Community,

AmQua 2020 biennial meeting organizers met March 17th to discuss the status of the June 17-20 meeting in Seattle. A final decision on holding or cancelling/postponing the meeting will be made April 15. Because of this uncertainty, the registration and poster submission deadlines for the meeting will be extended. As noted before, several options are being considered in regard to the meeting format such as, online supplementing of in-person attendance/presentation for those not able to travel, completely converting the meeting to an online venue hosted by a web-conferencing platform, or cancelling or postponing the meeting to a future date.

An informational poll is going to be sent out to the AmQua community April 6th to determine interest in attending an in-person meeting. We will keep you updated on the status of the meeting as the COVID-19 situation evolves. As always, our primary concern is the health and well being of everyone in the AmQua community, but if the situation warrants, we are excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AmQua with the events planned by the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington.



June 17-20, 2020

Kane Hall (KNE)
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195


Poster Abstract deadline:
[NEW] April 24, 2020

Poster Abstract notifications:
[NEW] May 1, 2020

Registration deadline:
April 18, 2020

Hotel reservation deadline:
May 17, 2020

Late registration deadline:
June 19, 2020

Post-meeting trip:
June 21, 2020
(Register by Jun 17)

This meeting is hosted by the Quaternary Research Center,
College of the Environment at the University of Washington.

Register online at EventBrite.

Theme of the meeting: Quaternary Futures

At AMQUA 2020, we will honor the 50 year history of the Association and explore promising expansions and new directions poised to carry Quaternary research into our second half century. Educational field excursions are being planned for the day or two following the meeting. The Banquet and Awards ceremony will be held the evening of June 19th. See below for poster abstract submission.

With a focus on the future of Quaternary science, we especially want to encourage student/early career researcher participation. Early registration and student discounts are available. Students who wish to volunteer a few hours during the meeting in exchange for free registration should contact Erin Williamson (qrc@uw.edu) to get placed on the list while spaces remain.

Poster Abstract Submission

Submitting poster and plenary talk abstracts is a separate process from the event registration. For submission of volunteered posters or invited plenary presentations, please provide the following in a document or email to qrc@uw.edu:

1. Name
2. Institution
3. Preferred contact information
4. Status as Early Career Researcher (ECR = student or scholar less than 6 years post last degree) vs. professional researcher. (This will aid our efforts to communicate with you about planned ECR Events)
5. Your interest in participating in ECR oriented events, including a paired mentor-mentee lunch and Interdisciplinary workshop. (everyone is encouraged. We need both ECR and non-ECRs to make these work)
6. Your ability to participate electronically (e.g., through video link), if we are forced to shift the meeting to an online venue to health and safety
7. Indicate that this is for a poster (anyone) or plenary presentation (you have been invited to present)
8. Poster/Talk title
9. Abstract (up to 200 words)

The Quaternary Research Center

The QRC is the original interdisciplinary center at the University of Washington, founded by Link Washburn, and has remained vital and relevant by evolving over the last 50 years from a department-like structure to an entrepreneurial organization.

We foster and promote interdisciplinary research within and across departments, through strategic investments in seed grants, expeditions, seminars and workshops, and through publication of the journal, Quaternary Research.

The American Quaternary Association

AMQUA is a professional organization of North American scientists devoted to studying all aspects of the Quaternary Period, the last 2 million years of Earth history. The Quaternary Period is significant because the Ice Age environmental changes associated with the growth and decay of continental glaciers were the backdrop for global changes in floral and faunal communities, including extinction of diverse megafauna, and for the evolution of modern humans and their dispersal throughout the world.

Local Organizing Committee

Ben Fitzhugh, Chair/Program Director – University of Washington, QRC Director
Lesleigh Anderson – US Geological Survey, Research Geologist
B. Brandon Curry – Illinois State Geological Survey, Principal Research Geologist
Jorie Clark – Oregon State University, Assistant Professor
Jack Williams – University of Wisconsin – Madison, Professor
Nick Lancaster – University of Washington, Editor of Quaternary Research
Alexis Licht – University of Washington, Assistant Professor
Hope Loiselle -University of Washington, Graduate Student
Lewis Owen – University of Washington, Editor of Quaternary Research
Kelsay Stanton – University of Washington, Graduate Student
Stephanie Zaborac – University of Washington, Research Associate


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