March 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Science Café: Reconstructing a Jurassic Landscape, April 1

Science Café presents Dr. Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch on “Reconstructing a Jurassic Landscape” on Wednesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in the Baker Front Room.

When dinosaur remains are found, paleontologists try to reconstruct the prehistoric environment in which they lived. But what about the rock surrounding the bones, what can they tell us?

Gierlowski-Kordesch, Professor of Geology, looks at the sediments where the bones were found to give a better idea of where the dinosaurs lived or passed through.

Science Cafe“I will be discussing how to look at the rocks carefully and gain environmental information from it. So, you could say I’m an environmentalist of the past,” she says. The impressions left from a dinosaur’s path are found in sediments turned into sedimentary rocks. Ancient records from ancient rivers and lakes can be derived from these sediments.

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Café events are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Café Conversations and Science Cafés are both venues for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. The Science Cafe is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. The two series are sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Find the Science Café on Facebook and Twitter.

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