Fossil Wednesdays have been a great success thus far this year. We have a whole slew of new attendees, and we are getting through a bunch of material. In fact, we are nearly entirely through our 3,000-year-old Holocene layer- likely one more week! We’ve picked thousands of fossils out of this layer. I’ll give you
How did so many small mammal, lizard, bird, & fish bones get concentrated at Natural Trap Cave?!? Aaron has already databased >16,000 bones & teeth!!! The answer, it seems, is that packrats gather bones from the surface around the cave entrance, and then stash them in their nests along the inner rim of the cave.
We are proud to have him represent the College of Sciences @GT.
In just a few weeks, Yue Wang will join the lab to begin examining the landscape characteristics of regions that exhibit long periods of community stasis despite global climate change occurring. Welcome to the lab, Yue!
Last week, Aaron gave an invited talk about diversity in science at Florida Museum of Natural History’s myFossil Fossils For Teachers Professional Development Workshop.
This summer Jenny teamed up with Dr. Bistra Dilkina to co-mentored an REU student through the BEE Inspired Program. Heather Strathearn, from Purdue University, conducted research related to species dispersal rates. She explored when and where species dispersal rates limit species’ abilities to track to new suitable habitats as a result of climate change. In 2016, BEE
July 8-19, Jenny & Aaron experienced their last year of fieldwork at Natural Trap Cave for the foreseeable future. Jenny spent 7 consecutive days in the cave, and was extremely productive. She analyzed and mapped the stratigraphy of the south wall of the excavation section, and sampled each strata for microfauna. She also sampled the