The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

November 2022
The Best of the Cincinnatian

The Dry Dredgers welcome Dr. Brenda Hunda, Curator on Invertebrate Paleontology at the Geier Collections and Research Center of the Cincinnati Museum Center, as our featured speaker this month. Her program is entitled, A Sneak Peek at the New Ancient Worlds exhibit at the CMC. This will be the first time many of you will have an opportunity to visualize what the new gallery will look like.

Dr. Hunda last spoke to us in 2010 so this will be the first time for many of you to meet her. She began her studies in paleontology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she earned a B.Sc. in Honors Paleontology. Staying at the University of Alberta, Brenda shifted her focus from vertebrate to invertebrate paleontology. Trilobites became her research interest and she worked on Middle and Upper Ordovician trilobite biofacies and systematics from the Northwest Territories, Canada for her M.Sc. in Geology. Brenda earned her Ph.D. at the University of California-Riverside, where she studied with Nigel Hughes, a previous occupant of her current curatorial chair at the Cincinnati Museum Center. While still a student, she was a three-time recipient of the Dry Dredgers’ Paleontological Research Award (previously the Paul Sanders award).

DATE: Friday, November 18th, 2022
Room 201 Braunstein Hall
                University of Cincinnati Clifton Campus

Beginner’s Class
by Greg Courtney

The Beginner’s Class will be held at 7:15 PM, Friday, November 18th, in room 300 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room. This month’s program is Part 2 of Greg’s introduction to Ordovician sea life plus collecting our local fossils and how to identify them. Greg will also discuss what tools and strategies to use and reveal helpful resources from the club. There will be many actual fossils to see. This is a great program for the first time visitor and beginning collector. NOTE: this class will not be available on Zoom.


Indoor Field Trips
By Bob Bross

Experience “in the field” is an important way to gain knowledge and experience (and of course, it’s where the fossils are!) Ask any experienced paleontologist, and they will tell you education in the classroom and the back rooms of collections is just as important – if not more so – in creating a base of knowledge for the individual.

To that end, we are exploring several options for an indoor field trip (or two) during this coming winter. As of this writing, we are looking at several possibilities, which include:

Perhaps you may know of an interesting place for us to visit before Spring 2023! If something comes to mind, please notify Bob Bross, Field Trip Chair, at

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