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Current News for 2017

MAPS Club Meeting Saturday, February 11, 2017

     The February MAPS (Mid-America Paleontology Society) meeting will be held in Room 125 of Trowbridge Hall at the University of Iowa on February 11, 2017.

Cornell visiting professor Kelsey Feser will present the program:

'How shell accumulations reveal recent changes in coastal marine environments.' at 1:00 p.m.

The regular MAPS business meeting will be at 2:00 p.m.

National Fossil Expo 39

Sharpless Auctions Facility, IOWA CITY, IA

Dates & Topic for EXPO 2017

     The theme for Expo 2017 will be the

Silurian Period

and the show will run from

Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Carlton Brett - his talk title will be announced soon!!

     Carlton E. Brett Bio:

     Professor Carlton E. Brett, PhD, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1978, and that year accepted a faculty position in Geology at the University of Rochester. He joined the University of Cincinnati Geology faculty in 1998 and in 2014 was awarded the title of University Distinguished Research Professor. Dr. Brett's research lies at the interface between paleontology and sedimentary geology. He is pursuing studies relating regional and global changes climate, sea level, and the carbon cycle to episodes of biotic change (bioevents) and extinction, as well as unusual sedimentary deposits, primarily in the middle Paleozoic.

     Carl also maintains active research interests in taphonomy (fossil preservation), paleoecology, especially the evolution of organism interactions such as predation, paleobiology of invertebrate animals, especially crinoids and trilobites, and cyclic stratigraphy.

     Carl is author or co-author of more than 250 scientific papers, 80 guidebooks, and five books. He was honored in 2010 with the University of Cincinnati's Rieveschl Award for research and has received numerous other honors, including an Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 2006, the 2008 Digby McClaren Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Stratigraphic Paleontology, the 2012 Raymond C. Moore Medal (Outstanding Paleontologist) from the Society of Sedimentary Geology, and the 2013 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Outstanding Educator Award.

     The MAPS EXPO Show will be held March 31 - April 2, 2017, at the Sharpless Auction facility just north of I-80 at Exit 249. The Hotel Pre-Show is scheduled to occupy the Clarion Hotel north of I-80 at Exit 246 on North Dodge Street about 3 mi from Sharpless Auctions. Both venues are located in Iowa City, Iowa.

Jan-March 2017 MAPS Newsletter Now Available

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Jan-March 2017 MAPS Newsletter

EXPO 2017 Informational Newsletter Now Available

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MAPS EXPO 2017 Informational Newsletter

Other Recent Newsletters Available Below

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May-Aug 2016 Newsletter

May-Aug 2016 Newsletter

Jan-Mar 2016 Newsletter

MAPS Expo 2016 information

Sept-Nov 2015 MAPS Digest Newsletter

May-Aug 2015 MAPS Digest Newsletter

Jan-Mar 2015 MAPS Digest Newsletter

MAPS EXPO 2015 Info Digest Newsletter

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