Our Upcoming Speaker
Note: Since October 2022, we have returned to in-person meetings at the Lodge at the Birmingham Zoo using a hybrid Zoom-In Person format with Zoom links sent by email to members and guests monthly.
MONDAY March 6, 2023 at 7:00 PM Central Time USA
Title: Fossils of Florida
Speaker: Derek Demeter, Director, Emil Buehler Planetarium, Seminole State College of Florida, Sanford FL
Abstract: Join Derek Demeter, director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College in Florida for a trip through time, exploring the various fossils found in Florida. Outside of his role as an astronomer, Derek is a SCUBA diver and fossil hunter and loves to share this passion by sharing his wonderful discoveries to communities around the country. We will explore the geological timelines and the fossils found within them, including many examples for guests to see and touch. Derek will also talk about how he plans to use the planetarium to teach the science of paleontology to students and the community in Florida.
About the Speaker: Derek began working at the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida in 2003. In 2007, Mr. Demeter became the Planetarium Director and immediately began the process of writing and producing shows for the Planetarium. Since then, his passion for teaching people about the wonders of the universe has earned him many accolades and worldwide recognition. Derek recently served as president of the Southeastern Planetarium Association and currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the International Planetarium Society. Outside of his role as planetarium director, Derek loves to share his passion of geology and paleontology. Derek has been featured in the news about several discoveries he and his friends have found in the rivers of Florida.