One of our first and most engaging speakers, Emory geologist Tony Martin. Dr. Martin is returning to Atlanta Science Tavern at 7 p.m. on Saturday April 24th. Please join us for this informative and enjoyable event.
Dr. Martin will provide us with an introduction to the tracks, trails, burrows, and other traces that life leaves in the sands and muds of the Georgia barrier islands, as illustrated by real-life examples. These traces not only tell us interesting stories about the animals that make them, but can be used to better interpret animal behavior and ecology, while also providing insights into evolution and the fossil record.
Anthony (Tony) Martin was born in Terre Haute, Indiana (USA), and as a child he loved learning about insects, dinosaurs, and natural history. His Ph.D. is in geology from the University of Georgia, and he is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia), where he has taught for 20 years. His primary research interest is ichnology, the study of organismal traces and trace fossils. He has authored many papers on a wide variety of geological and paleontological subjects, and delivered more than a hundred academic and public lectures on the ichnology of modern and ancient environments. He is the author of the textbook Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs, a field guidebook to the trace fossils of San Salvador Island (Bahamas), a recent short book about the first known burrowing dinosaur, and is currently finishing a book titled Life Traces of the Georgia Coast through Indiana University Press.