Our Upcoming Speaker

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MONDAY, January 4, 2021 AT 7:00 PM Central Time USA

“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

Abstract: This presentation will summarize the fascinating history of a tiny college museum, the D. M. Fisk Museum of Natural History at Hillsdale College, from its beginnings in 1872 and its demise in the 1960s to its resurrection in the 2000s.  It will include a discussion on collections management and display as well as how the Museum is contributing to palaeontology, including some vignettes on recent palaeontological discoveries.


About the Speaker: Dr. Swinehart is Professor of Biology and Curator of the D. M. Fisk Museum of Natural History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.  He received his BA degree in Biology from Goshen College (Indiana), his M.S. in Biology and Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University, and his Ph.D. in Wetland Ecology and Late Pleistocene and Holocene Palaeoecology from Purdue University.  After receiving his doctorate, Swinehart served as Curator of the Arthur & Kriebel Herbaria at Purdue University before coming to Hillsdale College where he has taught for 23 years.  He has authored or co-authored 23 peer-reviewed journal articles ranging from phycology and wetland ecology to Quaternary palaeoecology and Palaeozoic palaeontology.  He currently teaches courses in Historical Geology, Marine Biology, Limnology, Ecology, and Conservation.


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MONDAY, January 4, 2021 AT 7:00 PM Central Time, USA
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