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UC Geologists Well Represented at Major National Conference:
Research Findings Cover Evolution, Extinction and More

Date: Nov. 7, 2001
By: Chris Curran
Phone: (513) 556-1806
Photos by: Colleen Kelley

Donna Carlson Jones

Cincinnati-- One of the largest group of UC geologists ever is in Boston this week for the national meeting of the Geological Society of America. Seventeen papers and posters will be presented over the course of meeting, representing the work of seven faculty and eight graduate students.

The research covers a wide range of interests and geography. Doctoral candidate Donna Carlson Jones will explain how spines on marine organisms might actually make a comfortable home for creatures known as epibionts.

Click here to find out why being a marine "landlord" could be a good thing for the spiny bivalves.

Katie Schoenenberger

Recent UC master's graduate Katie Schoenenberger went to the opposite end of the climate and geographical extreme to help scientists get a better picture of what happened during the Little Ice Age. Her research has taken her to New Zealand, Iceland, and many other icy peaks.

Click here to learn more about her project.

Other UC researchers presenting at the GSA meeting include:

  • Professor Arnold Miller who will explain how organisms which first appeared in the fossil record right after a mass extinction seem to have an edge on other organism when it comes to surviving for long periods of time.

  • Professor Carlton Brett who believes it's time to revive and revise the 19th century "layer cake" model of stratigraphy. Brett's evidence includes a new trilobite find in northeast Cincinnati.

  • Cincinnati paleontologist Stephen Felton is in Boston to receive the Strimple Award for outstanding contributions by an amateur. UC Professor David Meyer nominated Felton, who is a member of the UC-based Dry Dredgers group.

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