In Memory of Dr. Eric Christopher Grimm (1951-2020)

A 24-h celebration of Eric's life and legacy (April 28, 2021)


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Quaternary Times Fall 2020 is out! 

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


AMQUA Distinguished Career Awards 2019 & 2020

It is a pleasure for the AMQUA Council and Executive Committee to announce that the 2019 and 2020 Distinguished Career Awards are Dr. Vera Markgraf (University Northern Arizona) and Dr. Julio Betancourt (USGS), respectively. Because of the postponement of the 2020 Biennial meeting in Seattle to June 2021, the formal presentation of these awards will have to wait, until we convene in Seattle next year.

AMQUA Distinguished Career Award Winners:

Dr. Vera Markgraf (2019) and Dr. Julio Betancourt (2020)

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.