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Paleoecology field trip to the Upper Ordovician of eastern Indiana: Haven’t done this for awhile!

Richmond, Indiana — Today Nick Wiesenberg (our invaluable geological technician), Brianna Lyman (my excellent Teaching Assistant), and I took the 15 students in the Paleoecology course to the fossiliferous Upper Ordovician of eastern Indiana. It&… Continue reading

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Great Plains Solstice Twilight

Last month I drove across the United States coast-to-coast back-and-and forth diagonally, 8000 miles through 18 states, as in the animation below. Amazing was driving through the Great Plains of the North American flatland with uninterrupted 360° horiz… Continue reading

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Who knew that crinoids could be boring? A possible bioeroding crinoid attachment structure from the early Silurian of Estonia (new paper)

Our hard-working and observant Estonian colleagues (Olev Vinn and Ursula Toom) recently made a remarkable discovery among Estonian early Silurian fossils: an attachment structure of a stalked crinoid that apparently bioeroded its way into a calcitic st… Continue reading

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Signature Spikes

Nearly a quarter century in the making, I was tremendously relieved and excited last week by the release of the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope. I remember the difficulty in realizing the Hubble Space Telescope and am now … Conti… Continue reading

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Another successful year conducting research for community impact!

The Social Entrepreneurship (SE) program at The College of Wooster once again designed community-based projects that connected talented students seeking experiential learning opportunities with community leaders with real business needs. For more than … Continue reading

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Ten Days in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

After spending a day in Juneau gearing up, we flew over to Gustavus, Alaska and then got a ride to Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. We then rented kayaks and headed into Glacier Bay. Shortly after … Continue reading → Continue reading

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Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Lingulid brachiopod trace fossils from the Middle Jurassic Carmel Formation of southwestern Utah

This is a short trace fossil story with two disappointments, one much more than the other. It involves trace fossils made by lingulid brachiopods, a marine invertebrate group with a very long geological history. The earliest appeared in the Cambrian, &… Continue reading

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Alaska Day 5 – Juneau

There are two legs to the project this summer. Lilly and Fred are headed back to the Wooster Tree Ring Lab with samples from Kake and Jacob and Jack have arrived. Jack, Jacob, Nick and I will now travel to … Continue reading → Continue reading

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Alaska Day 4

A view from the porch of the Forest Service cabin out into the Sound. Day 4 started in the intertidal zone at low tide. Identification of the various intertebrates included the limpet above. This large cockle was squirting water through … Continu… Continue reading

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Alaska Day 3

Coring the furthest north stand of Western Redcedar (Thuja plicata). Celebrating another successful core extraction by Siah. Banana slug on the forest floor. Mounting the redcedar cores at the Forest Service cabin. Also examining cores taken in previou… Continue reading

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