SCIENCE ON SCREEN - AMMONITE
March 28th 7:00pm
Paleontology for all... The history, practice, and legacy of fossil discovery in the "golden age" of Geology
MORE ABOUT THE TALK:
In this presentation and audience discussion paleoscientists David Birlenbach and Kena Fox-Dobbs (both in the Geology Department at the University of Puget Sound) will touch upon three themes relevant to the film Ammonite. First, they will explore the history of paleontology in the 19th Century and the scientific landscape that Mary Anning navigated during her career. Second, they will review the practical aspects of fossil discovery, including field and preparatory methods. Finally, they will reflect on the legacy of Anning’s work, and how it informs our understanding of the Mesozoic, a fascinating time period in Earth's history.
MORE ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Kena Fox-Dobbs is a (paleo)environmental scientist interested in how human activities, such as the encroachment of cities on natural habitats, change natural patterns across ecosystems. She uses biogeochemical techniques to investigate questions relating to the ecology of fossil animals and plants. Her work also examines issues that may help predict the effect of climate change on ecosystem interactions.