Author Archives: Mark Wilson

About Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Professor of Geology at The College of Wooster. He specializes in invertebrate paleontology, carbonate sedimentology, and stratigraphy. He also is an expert on pseudoscience, especially creationism.

Last fieldwork of the summer: A local section with a mystery limestone

It was a delightful August day in northeastern Ohio with pleasant temperatures and thunderstorms that obligingly went around us. Nick Wiesenberg, our geology technician, and I were invited by Dr. Nigel Brush (Ashland University) and friends to examine … Continue reading

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A continental heat wave won’t stop Wooster Geologists …

… but it will slow us down! Today Nick Wiesenberg, our excellent departmental technician, and I tool a short day trip to southeastern Indiana to collect fossils for my upcoming Paleoecology course. It was in the middle of what may … Continue reading
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A Wooster Geologist has a great time in Central Europe

This month I had the privilege (and generous funding from a Luce Award) to attend the 18th Conference of the International Bryozoology Association in Liberec, Czech Republic. I was also able to participate in the pre conference field trip which began in … Continue reading
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18th Conference of the International Bryozoology Association. Liberec, Czech Republic.

Liberec, Czech Republic — This small Czech city is our base for the 18th Conference of the International Bryozoology Association. Kamil Zágoršek is again our hard-working host. Above is the Liberec Town Hall. Liberec has a deep history, which was … Continue reading
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A visit to the Devonian of the Czech Republic. And then Prague, of course.

Liberec, Czech Republic — Today the IBA field party visited the Koněprusy area, including the Koněprusy Caves. Inexplicably I took no pictures, probably because I was trying not to bump my head in the wet and narrow passageways. Nearby is … Continue reading
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Into a bit of the Czech Cretaceous

Beroun, Czech Republic — Today the International Bryozoology Association pre-conference field party visited a fascinating quarry near Chrtníky, Czech Republic. Ordovician diabase is mined here for road gravel and other industrial uses. This rock was uplifted and exposed during the … Continue reading
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A new paper has appeared: A rugose coral – bryozoan association from the Lower Devonian of NW Spain.

I’m proud to be an author with my two Spanish colleagues, Consuelo Sendino and Juan Luis Suárez Andrés, of a paper just out in the latest issue of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (we call it “Palaeo-cubed”). I’ll let the abstract tell … Continue reading
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A Wooster Geologist at Austerlitz and other Czech places

Olomouc, Czech Republic –At our very first site, Holubice in the Czech Republic, the Miocene celliporid bryozoans are like baseballs. The site is in the middle of a vineyard, with the fossils eroding out of the loose sediment at our … Continue reading
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Wooster Geologist in Slovakia and Austria

Mikulov, Czech Republic — We have been very fortunate with the weather on our long IBA field excursion. Dazzling sunlit days and relatively cool evenings. Above is our first stop of the day — the Sandberg site with Miocene fossils … Continue reading
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Wooster Geologist in the High Tatras Mountains of northern Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia — Today our continuing IBA field trip adventure started in the High Tatra Mountains at this spectacular glacial lake called Štrbské pleso. This is  very popular ski destination in central Europe. The sharp mountain peaks are granitic. Another … Continue reading
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