Dinner and social hour begin at 7:00 pm with an approximately hour-long presentation and question-and-answer session to follow. There is a suggested contribution of $3 for non-students.
Our Open Seating Policy will be in effect for this event.
Venue capacity = 120 / Estimated day-of RSVP turnout = 60%
Copies of our speaker's new book will be available for purchase after his talk thanks to Charis Books and More.
Exploring Tracks and Prints, Marks and Holes on Georgia's Barrier Islands
Professor of Practice, Department of Environmental Studies
Have you ever wondered what left behind prints and tracks on the seashore, or what made marks or dug holes in the dunes and forests, and what they all mean? In this talk, Tony Martin helps to answer those questions with highlights from his new book Life Traces of the Georgia Coast: Unseen Lives of the Georgia Barrier Islands (link), an up-close and intimate look at these traces of life - grasses, insects, crabs, shorebirds, alligators, sea turtles, and more - of the Georgia barrier islands.
Tony will show how, as a "nature detective," you can figure out who made these traces and how they behaved. As a special bonus, he will demonstrate how these traces of the Georgia coast can guide paleontologists in better understanding fossilized traces in the geologic record, thus giving insights on how behaviors have changed through time.
Augmented by numerous original illustrations and photos of traces made by both modern and ancient organisms, this talk should be both thought-provoking and aesthetically pleasing, appealing to anyone interested in the natural history of the Georgia coast and the evolution of life.
About our speaker
Anthony (Tony) Martin is a paleontologist and geologist who specializes in ichnology, the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, trails, burrows, and nests.
As a Professor of Practice at Emory University, Tony teaches a wide variety of courses in the Department of Environmental Studies. Along with his interest in the Georgia barrier islands, he has studied modern traces and trace fossils from elsewhere in the U.S. and other countries, with his most significant discoveries in the western U.S. and Australia.
Tony frequently presents his research results at professional meetings, but also enjoys speaking for public audiences.
Photo: Tony Martin on St. Catherine's Island (Ruth Schowalter)