As I mentioned previously, NMNH, in collaboration with George Mason University, will be hosting the next "secondary adaptations" meeting this June 2-4. These meetings have historically been hotbeds for vertebrate paleontologists working on marine tetrapods of many stripes (either marine reptiles or marine mammals); in recent years, though, attendance has expanded in healthy ways to include biomechanists, comparative physiologists and molecular phylogeneticists. Previous meetings have been held around the world, although always hosted by places with a legacy of research on and collections of marine tetrapods (both living and extinct).
This meeting will be primarily hosted by GMU in Fairfax, Virginia, but there will be events at NMMH. Details, registration and more are available at the link below, and remember: abstract submissions are due no later than April 1st, 2014 (no joke):
Ah, Dusisiren jordani, so fine.