The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

February, 2017

The Exceptional Kirkfield   

The Dry Dredgers welcomes Tim Patton as our featured speaker this month. Tim is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at U.C. under the guidance of Carl Brett. Tim has been working in Canada in the well known Kirkfield member. His talk is entitled, “Paleo Pompeii: snapshots of a half-billion year old ecosystem.”

Prior to coming to U.C., Tim received a double bachelors in Geology, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Most of his research is in echinoderm paleontology, stratigraphy, and hardground paleontology, but he also used to work as a herpetologist.

Tim has also been kind enough to help us with crinoid identification of much of the Kirkfield material at the Geier Collections and Research Center.

TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, February 24 2017
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall (Old Physics Building) 
University of Cincinnati Campus
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Weather Warning
by Jack Kallmeyer

It’s that time of year again when weather can adversely impact our meeting. If we need to cancel our meeting we will post a notice on the home page of our website at www.drydredgers.org . Check the website if you are in doubt before heading to U.C. Please note that we will automatically cancel our meeting if the University is closed.


Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

The Beginner’s Class will be held at 7:15 PM, Friday, February 24, in room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room. Bill Heimbrock will present a “Guide to Identifying Cincinnati Fossils” to help the beginner get started in collecting our local fossils. Already know that stuff? Don’t miss this session. It will be loaded with good tips for the more experienced collector as well.


Joint Visit, Geier Collections Center
by Bob Bross

On Saturday, February 25th, the Dry Dredgers and Kentucky Paleontological Society will be taking a group tour of the Geier Collections and Research Center in Cincinnati. For those who have never been there – This is where the behind the scenes collections of the Cincinnati Museum Center are stored. The in-museum displays are rotated from the Geier collections; more importantly, many items in the collections are made available for research. Several of our members help sort through the material on a volunteer basis, while other current and past members have donated some (or all) of their personal collections, making them available to future visitors and researchers.

Directions: the Geier Center is a little tricky to find, and some GPS systems don’t take you to the correct address. Try using “760 West 5th Street, Cincinnati OH 45203 (the correct Zip Code is very important; it is also known as Hudepohl Street); otherwise, head to Gest Street (just West of I-75, across from the heart of downtown.) Cross under U.S. 50, and take the second street on your right (that will be just after you pass a family of woolly mammoths!) Turn into the first driveway, and park on your left. Head to the fence/gate area at the rear of the building, and someone will let you in.

If you are running late, please call Bob at 513-550-1889 so someone can l e t you i n; h owe v e r , i t would be ideal if everyone is there by 10:00 AM sharp. Dr. Brenda Hunda, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum Center, will be conducting the tour. On behalf of the Dry Dredgers and Kentucky Paleontological Society – thank you Brenda!


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