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Previous Programs

July 1, 2024

Fossils of the Dawn

Dr. Andy Rindsberg, Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of West Alabama

June 3, 2024

Fossils of the Crescent Valley Mine: A New Window on the Coal Age in Alabama

Ron Buta, PhD, Professor emeritus of Astronomy, University of Alabama

May 6, 2024

Agatized Coral of Florida and Georgia

Jon Bryan, PhD, Professor of Earth Sciences at Northwest Florida State College (Niceville)

April 1, 2024

From the Field to the Lab: A Fossil's Journey

Skye Walker, Field Paleontologist and Science Communicator with Elevation Science for Natural History Exploration (

March 4, 2024

Back from the dead: Unveiling an enigmatic new species from Western New York

Dr. Phil Stokes, Executive Director, Hamburg Natural History Society/Penn Dixie Fossil Park 

February 5, 2024

Life Sculpted: Breaking, Scraping, Drilling, and Crunching through Time

Dr. Tony Martin, Professor of Practice, Dept of Environmental Sciences, Emory University

January 9, 2024

An Evening with the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Sarah Jayne, Trustee with Friends of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

December 4, 2023

Squat Lobsters: From the Jurassic to Your Dinner Plate

Dr. Cristina Robins, Instructor in the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama

November 6, 2023

Finding Fossils in the Northern Morrison Formation of Montana and Wyoming as a Field Intern with Elevation Science Institute

Meghan Forcellati, PhD student at the American Museum of Natural History and Intern at Elevation Science Institute

October 16, 2023

Updates on Elevation Science's Field Excavations in the Bighorn Basin of Montana

Jason Schein, Founder and Executive Director of Elevation Science Institute ( )

September 11, 2023

The Gray Fossil Site – the Pliocene Lost World of East Tennessee

Matt Inabinett, Collections Manager at the Gray Fossil Site & Museum

August 14, 2023

WHY DINOSAURS?" A Documentary About Dinosaurs and the People Who Love Them

James Pinto, UC  Berkeley Senior and Life-Long Dinosaur Enthusiast


July 10, 2023

Paleontology in Alabama

Dr. Prescott Atkinson, APS Vice President

June 5, 2023

Stories from the Roadside Geology of Alabama

Dr. Mark Steltenpohl, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geosciences at Auburn University


May 1, 2023

Biodiversity hotspots in the oceans: cold seep environments as habitats for extant and ancient crustaceans

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

April 3, 2023

Late Cretaceous sharks of Alabama and advances in shark paleoecology using nitrogen isotopes

Chelsea M Comans, PhD Student/National Alumni Association Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Alabama

March 6, 2023

Fossils of Florida

Derek Demeter, Director, Emil Buehler Planetarium, Seminole State College of Florida, Sanford FL

February 6, 2023

Two New 'Shark' Species from the Mississippian of Alabama

Wayne Itano, PhD, Curator Adjoint at the Natural History Museum of the University of Colorado

January 9, 2023

Saving the Union Chapel Mine: How a Group of Determined Amateurs Teamed up with Professionals to Save a World-Class Trackway Site in Alabama

Prescott Atkinson, MD PhD, APS Vice President

December 5, 2022

Wetumpka Impact Crater, Understanding Alabama's Greatest Natural Disaster

David T. King, Jr., Professor of Geology, Dept. of Geosciences, Auburn University

November 7, 2022

Revealing Ancient Life in Alabama through Personal Stories of Discovery

Bill Deutsch, PhD, Research Fellow, Emeritus, Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

October 3, 2022

Studies of the Archaeoceti: Southeastern US and Beyond

Winston Lancaster, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

September 6, 2022

The Placenticeras puzzle: a taxonomic investigation of the Late Cretaceous Placenticeras genus of ammonites in Alabama using a new approach to paleontological morphometrics

Rachel Mohr, Graduate Student, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama

August 1, 2022

Non-Marine Turtles from the Late Cretaceous of Alabama

Drew Gentry, PhD​, Department of Biology, Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile AL

July 11, 2022

Paleozoic Vertebrates of Alabama: A Field Guide

Ryan Shell, PhD

June 6, 2022

New challenges and opportunities in ichnology

Andy Rindsberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Geology and Paleontology at the University of West Alabama

May 2, 2022

Bony Fish Otoliths (Ear Stones) and their Value in Vertebrate Paleontology

Gary Stringer, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe

April 11, 2022

Stratigraphy and Depositional Environments in the Red Mountain Formation

Tim Chowns, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Geology, University of West Georgia


March 7, 2022

The Red Mountain Cut Trail

Bryson Stephens, Director and Chairman of the Board of EBSCO Industries

February 7, 2022

An Update on Research at the Blue Springs Fossil Site

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


January 3, 2022

The Crescent Valley Mine Photographic Database of Coal-Age Fossils: Highlights of an Adventure in Ichnology

Ron Buta, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Alabama

December 6, 2021

Salvage Paleontology: A Whale of a Tale

Cristina M. Robins, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama

November 1, 2021

Teach Me Paleontology: One Teacher's Dino-Sized DIG Field Experience

 Amber Dawn Moore, 5th Grade Teacher, New Market School, New Market Alabama

October 4, 2021

Spying on Whales (and Other Sea Beasts)

Nick Pyenson, PhD, Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals, Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History

September 13, 2021

The Late Cretaceous Terrestrial and Freshwater Paleoecosystems of Appalachia

Drew Gentry, PhD, Instructor, UAB Department of Biology

August 2, 2021

Otodontids in Alabama: Insights into the Evolution of Megalodon

Jun Ebersole, Director of Collections, McWane Science Center

July 5, 2021

Predator-Prey Interactions in the Marine Fossil Record

Dr. Adiel Klompmaker, Curator of Paleontology, Alabama Museum of Natural History

June 7, 2021

An Historical View of Paleontology in Delta County, Michigan U.S.A.

APS Member Roy P. Webber

May 3, 2021

An Ichnological Perspective on Some Major Events of Paleozoic Tetrapod Evolution

Dr. Spencer Lucas, Curator of Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

April 5, 2021

The Red Mountain cut: A unique scientific and educational resource. What have we learned from the cut, and where has that led us?

Bill Thomas, PhD, Hudnall Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Kentucky and Visiting Scientist at the Geological Survey of Alabama

March 1, 2021

Exploring the feeding ecology of paracrinoids: revealing the evolution of aberrant forms.

Brad Deline, PhD, Professor of Geology, University of West Georgia

February 1, 2021

Trilobites - Once so Common in the Cambrian Seas that the Cambrian was called "The Age Of Trilobites"

"PaleoJoe" Kchodl

January  4, 2021

"Lost in Time:  The Resurrection of the Fisk Museum and Recent Contributions to Palaeontology”

Tony Swinehart, PhD, Professor of Biology and Curator, Fisk Museum of Natural History, Hillsdale College


December 7, 2020

“Fishing with a Hammer and Chisel”

"PaleoJoe" Kchodl 

November 2, 2020

"Paleobiogeography, Paleoecology, and Geologic Maps: Examples from the Fossil Assemblages of the Cretaceous Coon Creek Formation and Related Units"

Sandy Ebersole, PhD, Director, Geologic Investigations Program, Geologic Survey of Alabama

October 5, 2020

"Ammonites for Dinner"

Adiel Kompmaker, PhD, Curator of Paleontology, Alabama Museum of Natural History, University of Alabama

September 14, 2020

"Filling in “Romer’s Gap”. A stroll through time from 350 to 300 million years ago and the roll New Brunswick played in the evolution of vertebrate life on land

Matt Stimson, PhD Student, St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

"Horseshoe crabs, synxiphosurans and sea scorpions OH MY. An ichnotaxonomic review of Kouphichnium aspodon and what it can tell us about other Carboniferous sites worldwide"

Olivia King, Masters Student, St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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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