Who we are

The International Ichnological Association is a diverse group of multidisciplinary ichnologists who seek to advance and promote the science of ichnology. Our association values collaboration and is intended to serve as a "hub" for ichnologists of all backgrounds.  


In 2004, at the first International Ichnological Meeting (ICHNIA) in Trelew, Argentina, those attending decided the diverse ichnological community would benefit from being brought together into a comprehensive "International Ichnological Association". An initial committee was formed in February 2006 by the vote of more than 70 ichnologists with the purpose of writing the by-laws and formally registering the association. The first officials of the association were Luis A. Buatois (President), Jordi de Gibert (Secretary), and Duncan McIlroy (Treasurer). The second ICHNIA took place in Krakow (Poland) in 2008 providing continuity to the initiative that started four years earlier in Argentina. The objective of formalizing the association was achieved in 2009 with its registration in Corporations Canada and the approval of the by-laws in accordance to the rules of this entity. Elisabeth Schatz was instrumental in this process. Members of the Association have subsequently met at ICHNIA 2012 in St. John's, Canada, and ICHNIA 2018 in Idanha-A-Nova, Portugal. The next ICHNIA will take place in Brazil.

The International Ichnological Association is intended to serve as a community for ichnologists of all disciplines, in all countries. It strives to advance and promote the science of ichnology.

Current IIA Officers

Dr. Andreas Wetzel


Dr. Mariano Verde


Dr. M. Gabriela Mángano


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International Ichnological Association.