AMQUA is pleased to announce its new Mission and Purposes statements

   Please check our News page for information about coming events and announcements.


New AMQUA Awards: nominations now open

AMQUA has just released its call for award nominations and there are several new award categories. Applications for the 2022 Awards must be submitted by March 1, 2022. Awards will be presented at the 2022 AMQUA Biennial Meeting and announced on the AMQUA Web site and listserve. Submit all materials to Colin Long, AMQUA Secretary via email at: longco[at]uwosh.edu

Early-Career awads (self-nomination): Denise Gaudreau, Leadership in Quaternary Sciences, Next generation, Eric Grimm for Excellence in Open Sience and Data Stewarship

Senior and Mid career awards (by nomination): Distinguished career, Leadership in Quaternary Sciences


Save the date: AMQUA Biennial Meeting in Madison June 8-10, 2022

The AMQUA Council is happy to announce that it recently accepted a proposal from the Quaternary program group at the University of Wisconsin Madison to host the 2022 Biennial Meeting in Madison June 8 -10. AMQUA held a previous meeting in Madison in 1974 with a major theme of understanding Holocene climate change and its impacts on ecosystems.  The specifics of this meeting are being developed but the plan is for an in-person meeting with a virtual component.  More information about the meeting will be shared here and through the AmQua listserv as it becomes available.  


Quaternary Times Spring 2021 is out! 

The new volume of the American Quaternary Association Newsletter can be found here


The American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) is a professional organization of North American scientists devoted to studying all aspects of the Quaternary Period, about the last 2.6 million years of Earth history. Studying the Quaternary is critically important because it has been a time of frequent and dramatic environmental changes, exemplified by growing and decaying continental ice sheets and mountain glaciers. Beyond understanding the forces that shaped our modern environment, studying the Quaternary Period is significant because the environmental changes accompanying past ice ages were the backdrop for global changes in floral and faunal communities, including extinction of a diverse megafauna, and for the evolution of modern humans and their dispersal throughout the world.

AMQUA was founded in 1970 primarily to foster cooperation and communication among the remarkably broad array of disciplines involved in studying the Quaternary Period. Major activities include a biennial meeting, professional awards, partnership with INQUA (the International Quaternary Association), and the Quaternary Times newsletter.