Upcoming free Lecture Speaker Schedule
|April 8th 3:00pm|
Dr. Rich McCrea
Topic: The Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site
Our team uncovered close to 750 m2 of track surface and exposed nearly 1200 dinosaur tracks. There are at least 12 different track types including a few varieties of large, meat-eating dinosaurs (theropods), a couple of mid-sized theropods and two small theropods. There tracks of large, medium and small-sized plant-eating dinosaurs (ornithopods) and at least one type of bird. Most of the above, with the exception of the bird tracks, were known from time-equivalent rocks from the Peace River Canyon which were flooded in 1979. There are two dinosaur track types from the Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site that were never observed from any of the Peace River Canyon track sites including two lengthy trackways of sauropods (brontosaurs) which is currently the northernmost record of this group in North America, and possibly the world. The other is a very large theropod track type with four functional digits (toes) that has never been described from anywhere else in the world.
|April 8th 4:00pm|
Dr. Lisa Buckley
Topic: Dinosaur tracks and behavior: an ichnology view into the lives of dinosaurs
Looking at ichnology (study of tracks and traces) of dinosaurs provides paleontologists a great deal of information on how dinosaurs lived. Recent discoveries of new dinosaur traces give us an in-depth look at dinosaur social behavior, their love lives, and the physical hardships they faced in their day-to-day lives.
|May 27th 3:00pm|
Topic: Peace Parkland Natural History Sites
Rick Scott moved to Grande Prairie in January 1990 from Edmonton to work as the biology lab technologist at Grande Prairie Regional College. He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Alberta in the Department of Botany specializing in plant physiology. He is a member and Past President of the Peace Parkland Naturalists and also a member of the Grande Prairie Photo club. Nature and photography along with helping coach the college running teams are some of his main activities outside of work. Rick has been sharing his photos and giving presentations on spiders and bugs to local elementary school children for quite some while, most recently through the Alberta Science Network. His presentation will feature many of those photos along with others he has taken in the Peace region highlighting some of the Natural sites found in the area.
|June 10th 3:00pm|
Dr. Matthew Vavrek, Palaeontologist
Topic: The Cretaceous Canadian Arctic: Fossils From the Permafrost
While southern Canada, and in particular Alberta, is well known for the diversity of Cretaceous fossils that can be found there, the Canadian Arctic has seen comparatively little in the way of palaeontological research. However, these northern regions have seen the most extreme changes in climate, and represent an important record of how biodiversity can respond to these climatic shifts. Over the past decade, Dr Matthew Vavrek has been part of field expeditions to all three Canadian territories, in search of remains of ancient fossil vertebrates. This work has helped to fill in a number of blank spots on the map, and further our understanding of what life under the midnight sun 75 million years ago might have been like.
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