Our Mission

The Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology advances paleontological research through education and advocacy for improved ethics, standards, and practices in field, laboratory, and analytical methods.

Ethics Statement

With the understanding that paleontological localities, collected specimens, and associated records represent an irreplaceable resource; members of AMMP will work actively for the preservation and long-term access to paleontological specimens, collections, and records. All actions of the member should be informed by respect for the specimens in their care and members will strive to make informed decisions based on the best of current knowledge to select materials and methods that do not adversely affect the specimen or its possibilities for future research. An AMMP member will act with transparency, honesty and respect in all professional relationships.


The Association is an all volunteer non-profit organization comprised of regular members, honorary members, six elected officers and one compulsory officer. All officers serve a two year term, with elections occurring annually for half the positions.

The elected and compulsory officers of the Association (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Member at Large 1, Member at Large 2, and Past President) constitute a Board of Directors. 

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association, is composed of all officers and vested with authority and responsibilities as stated in the Constitution.

Election Cycle

Elections are held the month prior to the Annual Meeting which traditionally takes place in mid-April. Election results are announced at the closing banquet of the annual meeting and officials begin their tenure immediately following the Annual Meeting. 

Even Year Ballot

President, Secretary, Member at Large 1

Odd Year Ballot

Vice President, Treasurer, Member at Large 2

Constitution & Bylaws

Click here for pdf of the official constitution and bylaws of AMMP.

Board of Directors


Mike Eklund

University of Texas, Austin


Vice President




Past President

Michael Holland

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture



Corinna Bechko

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County



Shane Tucker

University of Nebraska State Museum


Member at Large 1

Michelle Pinsdorf

Smithsonian Institution

National Museum of Natural History


Member at Large 2

Juliet Hook

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology

Established 2014

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