The Dry Dredgers welcome Professor Alycia Stigall as our program speaker this month. Her topic will be, “Coordinated biotic and earth systems changes during the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event: How Middle Ordovician events set the stage for the Cincinnatian.”
Professor Stigall is originally from Cincinnati, home, as she puts it “to spectacular Upper Ordovician shallow marine deposits.” The many hours she spent collecting and identifying fossils in the local streams growing up helped foster her interest in invertebrate paleontology. She attended Ohio State University as an undergraduate and completed her MS and PhD in the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas.
“I consider educational outreach to be an important component of my career. I routinely participate in efforts to promote science to K-12 girls and provide presentations to school, public organizations, and amateur fossil groups,” Stigall said. “I think it is important as a scientist to educate the public, particularly K-12 students, about the nature of scientific inquiry, geologic processes, and the evidence of biotic evolution through fossils.”
Winner of the 2016 Paleontological Society’s prestigious Schuchert Award, Professor Stigall is an engaging speaker who projects her energy to the audience. In 2017, She was awarded the Professional Excellence Award by AWG (Association of Women Geologists).
TIME: 8:00 pm
DATE: Friday, November 16th (Third Friday!)
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall
University of Cincinnati Campus
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The Beginner’s Class will be held at 7:15 PM, Friday, November 16th in room301, one floor up from the regular meeting room. Greg will present another class pertaining to the local fossils and paleoecology. Included will be internet sources as well as hands on specimens. If you are new to collecting, this class is an excellent source of information to help you collect and understand the local fossils.
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