On Monday, April 12 Dr. Peter Dodson of the University of Pennsylvania spoke to 35 members and guests at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Dr. Dodson recently returned from China where he is a co-leader of an ongoing joint China and USA led field expedition. Dr. Dodson has published numerous papers and several books and is considered the world’s experts in dinosaur paleontology. His field and research over the years has included ceratopsian, and sauropod dinosaurs in North & South America and for the past decade in China.
On Monday, May 10 world famous oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle spoke to over 415 Explorer Club members and guests at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Not a seat remained as people listened to Dr. Earle discuss her thought on marine science conservation and threats to our world’s oceans including the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A VIP reception took place for Explorer club and Academy of Natural Sciences Board Members in the museum library followed by a general reception for EC members and the public. Dr. Earle spoke for over an hour and showed several video clips and was then kind enough to answer questions and do a book signing for everyone that waited in line for over an hour to meet her. Dr. Earle then attended a private dinner with both Explorer Club Chapter Board members and museum staff. The evening was an eventful one.
The Philadelphia Chapter had on Tuesday, February 16 a diving lecture on the WILHELM GUSTLOFF by Mike Boring of Chester, Virginia. In May of 2003 a team of American and English divers led by led a US/UK/Polish technical diving expedition to explore the site of history’s greatest maritime catastrophe, the shipwreck of the WILHELM GUSTLOFF, a Nazi refugee ship overcrowded with Germans and their allies fleeing the vengeful Soviet army. In the closing months of WW II, the ship was torpedoed and sunk in the icy Baltic Sea with the loss of nearly 10,000 souls. The team faced many daunting physical challenges in diving and photo-documenting this icon of WW II history in the deep and frigid waters of the Baltic. These obstacles were matched only by the difficulty in navigating the obstreperous Polish bureaucracy in seeking permission to conduct the first expedition to explore the ghostly remains of this shipwreck..
Up Coming events are Ships to Reefs lecture with Explorer Club Members Bonita Chamberlain and Dick Long on March 24. Dinosaur Paleontology with Dr. Peter Dodson, one of the world’s experts on Dinosaur paleontology will be discussing his most recent trip to China and the new species identified on this and past research expeditions at the Academy of Natural Sciences on April 12. Also at the Academy on May 10 Dr. Sylvia Earle, one of the world’s most respected Oceanographer’s and Marine Conservationist shall be discussing her latest book: “The World is Blue: How are Fate and the Oceans Are One”. Dr. Earle will speak about her book, latest research and show a short film. There will be a book signing and reception for Explorer Club members and VIP’s from the Academy of Natural Sciences.
The Philadelphia Chapter will be hosting the 1st Annual Marine Science Symposium the weekend of October 15-17. this year’s topic is Ocean Conservation. On Friday participants can take part in several field trips that are being planned at local National Wildlife Refuges to hike, bird watch and kayak. The symposium will run on Saturday from 9:00 am-5:00 PM and will feature marine conservationists and scientists from across the country to discuss their research and field work covering Ocean Bio diversity and Conservation. Each speaker will have a 45 minute block of time, 30 for presentation and 15 for questions & answers. A reception will take place on Saturday evening at the host motel. The schedule on Sunday will include a morning field trip to the Edwin Forsyth National Wildlife refuge followed by additional presentations in the afternoon. Overall there will be 12-15 speakers over the weekend. There will be a fee to attend for both students and adults, price yet to be determined.
Facebook page (Marine Science Symposium) describing the event and listing the speakers that have presently signed on.
Christopher J. Gervais a Board member of the Philadelphia Chapter spent a week diving in the Cooper River of South Carolina conducting his underwater vertebrate paleontology research and field work. Having to bare treacherous currents, poor visibility, debris and the occasional ill temper alligator, Christopher has spent years in the field of both Florida and South Carolina exploring some of the worlds richest fossil deposits of Pleistocene marine and terrestrial fauna. On a recent trip Christopher recovered a 6.5 inch tooth of an extinct Carcharodon megalodon. His field work and research has been published in various paleontology bulletins and journals and he plans to complete a book on the subject in the near future.
Philadelphia Chapter Chair Doug Soroka MN06 took advantage of the east coast record snow falls by exploring some of trails of Jim Thorpe PA and took advantage of the cold weather to visit the Glen Onoko Falls which develop spectacular ice formations.