Previous Programs

July 6, 2020

Cosmic Pinwheels: Spiral Galaxies and the Universe"

Ron Buta, PhD, Professor of Astronomy (Emeritus), University of Alabama

June 1, 2020

“The Long Road from the Carboniferous: After 87 Years, Mysterious Fossil Tracks are Rediscovered”

Carl Mehling, Senior Museum Specialist, American Museum of Natural History

May 4, 2020

“What microfossils on the seafloor can tell us about the fate of the "Doomsday Glacier" and Antarctica’s contribution to sea-level rise”

Dr. Rebecca Minzoni, PhD, Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama

April 6, 2020

"Dinosaur Digging in the Bighorn Basin"

Jason Schein, Executive Director, Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute

March 2, 2020

"What were they think: Endocranial Neuroanatomy of Armored Dinosaurs"

Dr. Mike Burns, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at Jacksonville State University


February 3, 2020

"Seasonal Environmental Change During The End of Cretaceous Mass Extinction In Antartica"

Tom Tobin, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama Department of Geological Sciences

January 6, 2020

"The Fossil Record of Decapod Crustaceans"

Adiel Klompmaker, PhD, Curator of Paleontology, Alabama Museum of Natural History


December 2, 2019

"Tales from the Field: Favorite Fossil Collecting Trips of APS Members" 

Jim Braswell, Carl Sloan, Prescott Atkinson, Members, Alabama Paleontological Society

November 4, 2019

"My Great Big Dinosaur Adventure (66 million years to today)"

Jim Braswell, APS Member

October 7, 2019

"Practical Paleontologist:  The Presentation, Not the Book"

Ashley Allen, President, Alabama Paleontological Society 


September 9, 2019

"Fossil sharks and rays from South Carolina, with comparisons to the Gulf Coastal Plain"

Dave Cicimurri, PhD, Curator of Natural History, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC

August 5, 2019

"Chondrichthyes Evolution"

Jun Ebersole, Director of Collections, McWane Science Center

July 1, 2019

"Supernovae and the Chemical Elements of Life"

Ron Buta, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama


June 3, 2019

"The What, Where, and When of “Petrified Wood” in Alabama"

Jim Lacefield and John Cooke

May 6, 2019

"Using the Past to protect the Future: A Paleontological Perspective on Modern Conservation Policy"

Drew Gentry, PhD Candidate, University of Alabama at Birmingham

April 1, 2019

“McWane 2.0: A sneak peak at McWane Science Center’s Future Paleontology Exhibitions”

Jun Ebersole, Director of Collections, McWane Science Center

March 4, 2019


Michael Burns, PhD, Asst Professor, Dept of Biology, Jacksonville State University

February 4, 2019

"The Birmingham Ironstones and the Ironstone Enigma" 

Tim Chowns, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Dept of Geosciences, University of West Georgia

January 14, 2019

"Wetumpka Impact Crater: Alabama's Worst Natural Disaster"

James Lowery, APS Former Vice President


February 5, 2018

“Fossils of the Dawn”

Dr. Andy Rindsberg, University of West Alabama


March 5, 2018

“An Interstellar Visitor” and “Lost and Found: George Gaylord Simpson and the Case of the Missing Footprints”

Dr. Ron Buta, Professor of Astronomer, University of Alabama


April 2, 2018

“Sea Monsters of the Cretaceous Gulf Coast: Using Isotopes in Fossil Teeth to Reconstruct Large Marine Animal Behavior”

Leah Travis Taylor, MS Student, University of Alabama Dept of Geology 

May 7, 2018

“What Good Are Ostracodes?”

Mark Puckett, PhD, Professor of Geology, University of Southern Mississippi

June 4, 2018

"Carl and Prescott's Excellent Vacation"

Carl Sloan and Prescott Atkinson, APS Secretary and Vice President

July 9, 2018

"Amber Time Machine"

Ashley Allen, APS President

August 6, 2018

"Otodontids in Alabama: Insights into the Evolution of Megalodon"

Jun Ebersole, Director of Collections, McWane Science Center

September 10, 2018

“Alabama’s Latest Contributions to the Study of Marine Turtle Evolution”

Drew Gentry, PhD Student, University of Alabama at Birmingham

October 1, 2018

"The Crescent Valley Mine, Carbon Hill, Alabama: A Deep Time Portal to the Coal Age"

Ron Buta, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama Dept of Astronomy

November 5, 2018

"The Race for Space: What's that Filter Feeder Fouling my Fossil?"

George Phillips, PhD, Curator of Paleontology, Mississippi Museum o f Natural Science

December 3, 2018

"Moscow Landing: A Virtual Field Trip"

Andrew Rindsberg, Assoc Professor of Environmental Geology and Paleontology

University of West Alabama

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