The FOSSIL Project: Personal Reflections, Recognition, and Thanks

December 17th, 2019 by

by Bruce J. MacFadden (@bmacfadden) The FOSSIL Project officially began in 2013 with the submission of a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Back then we did not fully understand where it would lead over the next six years and all of the positive outcomes that have happened during this interval. Our original intent […]

Social Paleontology and FOSSIL’s Contribution to Research on Learning

December 17th, 2019 by

by Kent Crippen (@kcrippen), Lisa Lundgren (@llundgren) & Richard Bex (@richard-bex)   The FOSSIL Project was funded as a design-based research project, which implied a dual focus in our overall approach. Our first purpose was to use an evidence-based design process to unify amateurs, professionals and natural history museums into a more cohesive national community […]

myFOSSIL eMuseum and Curation Team

December 16th, 2019 by

By Jennifer Bauer (@jbauer) Research Museum Collections Manager, University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology and former FOSSIL Postdoctoral Associate   The myFOSSIL eMuseum has undergone some remodeling over the last year. The back end structure now corresponds to museum data standards. This means that the myFOSSIL eMuseum uses similar underlying data language to other large […]

FOSSIL Project Updates, Fall 2019

December 16th, 2019 by

by Sadie Mills, FOSSIL Project Coordinator (@sadie-mills)   After six exciting and rewarding years the FOSSIL Project, in its current form, is coming to a close. As a National Science Foundation-funded initiative the project was always intended to have a limited lifespan, but we are so proud of all that has been accomplished in just a […]

Upcoming Events

August 2nd, 2019 by

August 7 Lottery Deadline for Edelman Fossil Park’s Dig Day (online) August 10 NARG Northwest Fossil Fest (Hillsboro, OR) August 14 Poetry Pop-Up – Wonderful Life: Poems of the Cambrian (Chicago, IL) September 6 – September 14 Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show (Denver, CO) September 22 – September 25 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting […]

FOSSIL Project Updates Summer 2019

August 1st, 2019 by

FOSSIL Education Team Conference Recap by Rich Bex This past Spring, I had the opportunity to attend three conferences to present on research related to myFOSSIL and gain feedback on the myFOSSIL App.  During March 13th-March 15th, I  spent time at the Citizen Science Conference (CitSci) in Raleigh, NC. The CitSci 2019 national conference brought together […]

2019 Southeastern Geological Society of America Overview

August 1st, 2019 by

By Mary Jane Hughes SE GSA 2019: The 68th annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (SE GSA) was held in Charleston, SC, on March 28–29. Members of the myFOSSIL team were in attendance, including Jen Bauer, MacKenzie Smith, Fauve Wilson, and Victor Perez, as well as the two social […]

My Time as a Paleontologist: A Science Communicator

July 31st, 2019 by

by Mary Jane Hughes   Well hello there! If you are reading this, then that means I am no longer a team member on the FOSSIL Project. Instead, I have moved from my comfy home in Gainesville, Florida and started my life as an educator in South Korea. My time at the FOSSIL Project has […]

Field Camp: Reflections of a Geology Student

July 31st, 2019 by

By Samantha Ocon   So… what is Field Camp? This summer, I went to field camp. Field camp is often considered a tradition, or rite of passage, by the many geologists and paleontologists that were fortunate enough to have the opportunity. The phrase itself often conjures up both sweet and unsavory memories from many in […]

Amateur Spotlight: Lee Cone

July 31st, 2019 by

Editor’s note: Lee Cone is a member and former president of the Special Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum. During his time with the FOSSIL Project, Lee was instrumental in coordinating the Belgrade Community Science project. FOSSIL team members interviewed him about his experiences with paleontology.    How and when did you first get interested in […]