The Bulletin
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May, 2016

The Richmondian

The Dry Dredgers welcome U.C. graduate student Cameron Schwalbach as our featured speaker this month. The title of his program is, “Widespread Fossil Beds and Faunal Gradients in Richmondian Strata.”

Cameron had his first exposure to fossils of the Cincinnati Arch as a Boy Scout on a field trip to East Fork Lake State Park. This was enough to propel him on a path in geology. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Cincinnati and is now finishing his Master’s degree here at U.C. under Dr. Carlton Brett, focusing on the stratigraphy and paleoecology of Richmondian strata within the Cincinnati Arch region. He plans to continue his studies by pursuing a PhD and is looking forward to a career in professional research and museum curation. Cameron is a recent recipient of the Dry Dredgers Paleontological Research Award.

TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, May 27, 2016
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall (Old Physics Building) 
University of Cincinnati Campus
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Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

The Beginner’s Class will be held at 7:15 PM, Friday, May 27, in room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room. The topic of Greg’s program is to be determined.

May Field Trip – Highway Byway
by Bob Bross

The date: May 28th, 2016 (yes, that is Memorial Day weekend.)

The Dry Dredgers field trip this month will travel along scenic byway in Northern Kentucky to explore several road cuts on its path through the Kope and Fairview formations. We last visited the area in April 2014, and the potential finds this year are looking good.

Because this is a busy thoroughfare, you will need to keep a special eye on younger children. The plan is to stop at multiple sites; all will be on the right shoulder, so there should be no need to cross to the other side (no need to be the proverbial chicken!) To facilitate activities, we will all meet at a parking lot in the area, and then caravan to the first stop.

Directions to get to the parking lot can be found in the full May Bulletin that is mailed and emailed to dues-paying members. However, if you are not a member, but would like to join us, please do. We would love to meet you. Email Bill Heimbrock at and he will give you what you need to attend.

Our first stop will have a number of brachiopods, bryozoan, and trilobite fragments (Flexyicalymene meeki and possibly Cryptolithus tessellatus) were found on an early survey of the site, along with numerous burrows and tracks.

The second stop will be a much longer (and layered) cut, which offered up cephalopods and a variety of other specimens.

The third and final stop contains many large burrows, and should be a great source of trace fossils – as well as what is left of the local inhabitants from long ago.

We will try and stick together as a group, both to share knowledge and to assist local law enforcement. In the past, phone calls would be received from concerned citizens about “a large group of vehicles on the side of the road.” Per the request of local police, they will be notified about our activities that day, which will help to avoid any “confusion.”

Rain or shine – be there!

Penn Dixie Weekend
by Bob Bross

Bulletin #5 is out. If you are not already signed up to receive the Penn Dixie Weekend bulletins, now is the time to do so. This will be the last notice in the Dry Dredgers bulletin before the weekend on June 10th-12th. Please contact our Field Trip Chair, Bob Bross, at to be put on the list.

Paleontological Research Award Winners Announced
by Tom Bantel

Four winners of the Dry Dredgers Paleontological Research Awards were announced for 2016 at the April anniversary meeting. This is the third year that we were able to offer assistance to four recipients! The value of the awards for this year is from $200 to $700. The winning applicants are:

Jennifer Bauer, whose project is titled: Characterizing Morphological Variation in Blastoidea (Echinodermata). Jennifer is currently a graduate student of Professor Colin Jack’s Stacks Sumrall at the University of Tennessee. This is the third time she has won this award.

Sarah Sheffield, whose project is titled: Understanding the Evolutionary Relationships between Diploporitans and other Stalked Echinoderms. Sarah is also a graduate student of Professor Colin Sumrall at the University of Tennessee. This is the second time she has won this award.

Michael Cuggy, whose project is titled: Fossil Biota of the Airport Cove Konservat Lagerstätte (Upper Ordovician), Churchill, Manitoba. Michael is the Senior Laboratory Coordinator, Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

Timothy Paton, whose project is titled: Paleoecology, Sedimentology, and Stratigraphy of an Upper Ordovician (Katian) Hardground. Timothy is currently a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati studying under Professor Carlton Brett.

All four were deemed to be excellent projects by the selection committee. The Dry Dredgers offer our congratulations to Jennifer, Sarah, Michael and Timothy. We hope to hear from them in the future as their projects progress.

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