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FAU Launches 2013 Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series with Professor Edward Petuch
BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 9, 2013) Florida Atlantic Universitys Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will launch its Frontiers in Science 2013 public lecture series with a presentation by Edward Petuch, Ph.D., titled Mollusks of the Tropical Western Atlantic: New Perspectives on Biogeography and Biodiversity.
The lecture will take place on Friday, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
, Room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
Petuch, a geosciences professor at FAU, will focus his lecture on the vast array of new species of mollusks that have been discovered by FAU researchers.
Mollusks are the most diverse and species-rich group of marine animals and, because of this, are among the most important indicators of marine environmental changes and oceanographic conditions, said Petuch
Of the worlds oceans, the tropical western Atlantic is still one of the most unstudied areas and recent field studies by FAU researchers, from North Carolina to southern Brazil, have yielded hundreds of important new species and genera.
Petuch earned a bachelors and masters degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctorate in geology from the University of Miami.
specializes in invertebrate paleontology of the Floridian peninsula and the Atlantic coastal plain.
academic career, Petuch
has discovered and named more than 1,200 species of fossil shells, written 17 books and traveled to 47 countries.
Dr. Petuch is an excellent scientist and educator to kick off this years Frontiers in Science public lecture series, said Gary W. Perry, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science.
COA :: Book Reviews
Atlas of Florida Fossil Shells (Pliocene and Pleistocene Marine Gastropods) , by Edward J. Petuch, Ph.D.
Atlas of Florida Fossil Shells (Pliocene and Pleistocene Marine Gastropods) by Edward J. Petuch, Ph.D. Chicago Spectrum Press, 1994. xii + 394 pages, 20 figures, 1 unnumbered photo, 100 plates, all b/w. $60.00.
Anyone collecting Florida fossils has experienced great frustration trying to put names on his
finds using the references available.
All those Siphocypraea are rivalled only by the Busyconidae and Melongenidae for forms and variations.
But Dr. Edward Petuch, of the Department of Geology, Florida Atlantic University, has done us a great service in pulling them all together in his new Atlas of Florida Fossil Shells. (The Pliocene and Pleistocene gastropods, that is.
Eocene and those little Miocene species from the Panhandle are still in limbo for most of us.)
This heavily illustrated reference book is a pleasing 8½" X 11" size, stitched and cloth-bound, and lies open nicely for study at any page.
Open it to the Introduction and you have Dr. Petuch's
interesting and informative overview of fossil study in Florida, including his
own place in this continuum.
Open it to the Acknowledgements and you'll see many familiar names, collectors of molluscs both fossil and Recent, who have assisted Dr. Petuch
Open it to Chapter 1, the Lithostratigraphy and Biostratigraphic Nomenclature of the Floridian Plio-Pleistocene, and you're on your way to learning how to tell a Siphocypraea alligator from a Siphocypraea crocodila (maybe).
Here Dr. Petuch explains all those formations and units and such that keep a novice collector in a state of confusion.
Charts, columns, maps, photos and Dr. Petuch's
own charming drawings, called "ecological block" drawings, aid in our learning process.
Chapters 2 and 3 Cover "Faunal Types" and "Chronologically-Equivalent Units and Faunas."
We can only wish that Dr. Petuch
had been introduced to Dr. Conklin's publisher.
Dr. Edward James Petuch, Florida Atlantic University, United States
Dixie Mineral Council Update Information
Dr. Ed Petuch, geology professor at Florida Atlantic University, has found 38 previously unnamed shell species in the Fort Drum pit.
About nine months ago, rare calcite-filled clamshells were discovered there.
Edward James Petuch, ...
Edward James Petuch, Florida Atlantic University, United States