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President's Message

What a great start to the season. Apparently a lot of our members love pterosaurs. Almost a hundred people showed up at TBFC’s season opener to see Dr. Brian Andres’ presentation on the flying reptiles. Dr. Andres was pleased to see a well organized group of amateur paleontologists meeting on his home campus. As USF’s first vertebrate paleontologist, I think TBFC and Dr Andres have a good future together.

October 4, 2014
Dr. Adiel Klompmaker
Florida Museum of Natural History
Ammonite Predation

Adiel Klompmaker received his M.Sc. from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands, then did his Ph.D. at Kent State University in Ohio and is currently the Jon L. and Beverly A. Thompson Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Florida Museum of Natural History. His research on invertebrate paleontology has mostly focused on a variety of topics related to decapod crustaceans and predator-prey interactions.

Dr. Klompmaker is lead author of a new study available online and scheduled to appear in the publication Geology where he suggested a direct correlation between the abundance of coral reefs and the diversity of many crustaceans.

Jim Schilling Elected to TBFC Board

Last month I announced that TBFC Director Rachael Cronin had graduated from USF, found a job in Dallas, and would be leaving us for at least the immediate future. Well, out with the old and in with the new (can’t really say that, Rachael is only 23). Anyway, Jim Schilling has been attending Board meetings as a guest for some time now and finally decided to take the plunge. At September’s Board meeting, Jim was unanimously voted in as TBFC’s newest director. Jim brings a variety of talents to TBFC’s Board, including the experience of running one of the largest ham radio expos in the south. We all look forward to working with Jim!

Fossil Day!

Did you know there’s a Fossil Day? The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute are partnering to host the fifth annual National Fossil Day on October 15, 2014 during Earth Science Week. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. TBFC has partnered with the Florida Aquarium to celebrate Fossil Day on Saturday, October 11th!

For the past few years the Florida Aquarium has been gracious enough to host TBFC for Fossil Day. It’s a great location and we literally get a thousand people to walk by our displays. In past years we set up a large display of skulls and fossils and had activities for kids. The Aquarium asked if this year we could step it up a notch, and we will!

In addition to the large display of Florida fossils, we will be manning stations throughout the Aquarium where we will show fossils that match the live animals in the exhibits. It should prove to be interesting for the Aquarium visitors and hopefully attract some new members to TBFC! If you haven’t visited the Florida Aquarium in the past, October 11th is a great day to start!

Hope to see a good crowd at the October meeting!

Good Hunting,

Michael Searle