Join us at the Museum of Arts & Sciences for a fun and exciting day of fossils, marine specimens, minerals, ecology, and more!
Free for members or with paid museum admission.
10:00am: Dragons from Deep Time with MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History, James "Zach" Zacharias
Discover the fierce carnivores from deep time going all the way back to the Permian Age through to the last ice age. Join Senior Curator of Education and History, Zach Zacharias, for this family show where you will learn about top predators such as dimetrodon, scichannia, supercroc, megalodon, titanaboa, and many more!
11:00am: The Fossil Hunters TV Show: Women in Paleontology
Join the cast and crew of the Fossil Hunters TV show on Channel 15 WDSC for a talk and video presentation on women in paleontology. Believe it or not, the first serious fossil hunter in history was Mary Anning (1799-1847) who collected fossils along an ancient exposed Jurassic shoreline in England collecting for museums and other scientists. Learn about female paleontologists from the past and present in this unique presentation.
12:00pm: Wetland and Core Climate Change with Dr. Benjamin Tanner
Climate change is one of the greatest environmental threats currently facing humanity. Mud recovered from wetland deposits can also provide a record of how climate has changed in the past because these deposits often contain things like preserved plant parts and pollen that can be used to reconstruct a local environmental history. Dr. Tanner is a field-oriented geoscientist and outdoor enthusiast who seeks to inspire the next generation at Stetson University.
1:00pm: The Takeover of the Everglades by the Burmese Python with Conservancy Wildlife Biologist, Ian Bartoszek
Ian Bartoszek is a wildlife biologist within the Conservancy of Southwest. Ian has been the primary field biologist on a research project funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service studying the recovery of threatened and endangered species through aquatic refugia in the Picayune and Fakahatchee Strands of eastern Collier County. He currently serves as the invasive animal lead for the Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) and is collaborating on a radio telemetry research project tracking Burmese pythons in Southwest Florida.
2:00pm: Going Dry in the Land of Water? Florida's Hydrological History and Ideas for Avoiding a Future Water Crisis with Dr. David Kaplan from the University of Florida
Florida is a landscape defined by water. Abundant rainfall supports a diversity of natural environments, while also supplying water for human use and to support a large portion of the state's economy from agriculture to tourism. Despite this seeming abundance, multiple pressures on Florida's water resources threaten the health of both natural and human communities. Dr. David Kaplan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences within the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment at the University of Florida and is Director of the H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands.