Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2009 Chapter Annual Dinner

The Tunkamoose Mastodon Tusks

The Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association's 2009 annual dinner to be held at The Fountains, 40 Sands Road, Middletown, NY 10940. The dinner will be catered by the world famous Eagle's Nest Restaurant, Bloomingburg, New York on Sunday November 22th, 2007 at 6:00. [Click here for Reservation Form]

Our featured speaker will be Robert Ferenac, Phd., Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the NYS Museum.

He will discuss the discovery, preparations and excavation of the Tunkamoose Mastodon Tusks from the banks of the Wallkill River last July, report on their conservation and present the latest findings from the New York State Museum’s analysis.

Robert Feranec, Curator of Pleistocene Vertebrate Paleontology, New York State Museum

Dr. Robert Feranec

with the Tunkamoose Mastodon Tusks, the Wallkill River flowing by in the background. (Photo by Mary Egan)

While my interests encompass a broad scope of topics including influences on biogeography, causes of speciation and adaptive radiation, and triggers of extinction, my research has been focused at describing the evolution of ecology in mammals. My research concentrates on examining ecology in mammals from short time scales (seasons) to very long time scales (millions of years).

In order to understand ecology of fossil mammals, the modern quantitative and analytical techniques I employ include stable isotope geochemistry, utilization of bioinformatics databases, and computer-based imaging of fossils which permits quantitative analysis of various morphological features. Fieldwork is also an important aspect of my research program, and I have conducted or participated in excavations in the U.S. and Spain.

Typical questions addressed in my research include:

  1. How does climate change effect ecology?
  2. Does ecology change during development?
  3. Does immigration/dispersal of new species affect ecology?
  4. Does extinction/extirpation of species affect ecology?

I am interested and open to collaboration within and beyond North America. Potential collaborators, including current or potential graduate students, are encouraged to email me.

Above biographical material from http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/research_collections/research/labs/vertpaleo/

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