Dry Dredgers Paleontological Research Award
The Dry Dredgers were pleased to announce
the winners of the 2023 Dry Dredgers Paleontological Research
Awards. The value of the awards for this year totaled over $2000.
The 2023 winning applicants are:
Mariana Vilela de Andrade who is
Masters Student of Dr. Alycia L. Stigall at the University of
Tennessee. Her project is titled: Biogeography, speciation and niche
partitioning of atrypid brachiopods in the Ordovician Period.
James Beech who is PhD Student of
Dr. David J. Bottjer at the University of Southern California. His
project is titled: Does the morphology of brimmed trilobites respond
to changing environmental conditions during the end—Ordovician
Dava Butler who is a PhD Student of
Dr. Dan Peppe at Baylor University and Dr. Lindsey Yann of the US Park
Service. Her project is titled: Using Computerized Tomography to
Investigate Arrested Growth in a Columbian Mammoth.
Ian Forsythe who is a PhD Student
of Prof. Carlton Brett at the University of Cincinnati. His project is
titled: Constraining Timing, Drivers, and Geographic Uniformity of the
Richmondian Invasion across the Cincinnati Arch.
Ohav Harris who is a Masters
Student of Dr. Sarah Sheffield at the University of South Florida. His
project is titled: Examining the Shifting Biogeographic Patterns of
All five were deemed to be excellent projects by the
selection committee. The Dry Dredgers offer our congratulations to all
of the winners. We hope to hear from them in the future as their
projects progress. The Dry Dredgers have now made over sixty five
awards totaling over $34,000.
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Applications for the 2024 Paleontological Research Award will be
accepted in the fall of 2023. Instructions and forms to follow.
The Dry Dredgers Paleontological Research Award provides
funding to support research in paleontology and stratigraphy intended for
publication. While any research topic may be submitted for award, special
consideration will be given to projects involving one of the following:
(1) The late Ordovician period, and in particular, the
(2) Paleozoic era as centered on the Cincinnati Arch.
Applications are limited to current graduate level
individuals who are at an accredited US University and studying paleontology or
stratigraphy. Those research projects that involve collaboration by amateur and
professional paleontologists are encouraged. However, awards will only be made
to the graduate student for their personal expenses and not to teams.
The Selection Committee currently consists of 5 amateurs
and 3 professional paleontologists, all of whom are members of the Dry Dredgers.
All decisions of the Selection Committee are final and non-appealable.
Dry Dredgers, Inc. is a non-profit tax-exempt membership
organization of amateurs and professionals formed in April, 1942. It is
dedicated to stratigraphy and paleontology, particularly in the Cincinnati
Series of the Upper Ordovician of the greater Cincinnati area. Its purpose is to
stimulate interest and promote paleontology at all levels and to encourage the
collection, identification, preservation and classification of fossils of all
types. Throughout its history, the Dry Dredgers have encouraged cooperation
among amateur and professional paleontologists.
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