April & May 2020
Monthly Meeting Cancelled!
In light of developments concerning the COVID-19 situation, I must announce that our Monday night business meetings/presentations at the Birmingham Zoo are cancelled for the next two months (April and May).
We will continue to watch developments on this issue and announce an appropriate time to resume normal activities.
At this time, we are in a holding pattern on a potential field trip. I will send out an announcement on that in the next few days. I urge our membership to continue to monitor the situation and seek information from reliable sources. Be safe and rock on!
MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020 AT 7:00 PM
LOCATION: The LODGE AT THE ZOO
(Look For The Walkway Up The Hill To The Lodge Across
The Parking Lot From The Recently Renovated Auditorium Building)
"WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: ENDOCRANIAL NEUROANATOMY OF ARMORED DINOSAURS"
Dr. Mike Burns, PhD,
Assistant Professor of Biology at Jacksonville State University
About The Speaker: Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Mike Burns completed a BSc in geology at Dickinson College where he began a life-long interest in armored dinosaurs. His MSc and PhD in biology were both done at the University of Alberta in Canada under Dr. Phil Currie.
Abstract: There, his research focused on the growth, development, and bone histology of armored dinosaurs. He has participated in the collection of dinosaur specimens in the US, Canada, and Mongolia. He's also traveled extensively to study dinosaur specimens in collections throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Currently he is an assistant professor of biology at Jacksonville State University specializing in vertebrate anatomy and paleontology. He is working with several undergraduate and graduate students on various project dealing with the paleontology and histology of fossil vertebrates in Alabama, although he continues to work on armored dinosaurs wherever and whenever he can.