Close to home...
Ken Finger and Curtis Pehl collected samples from Oaklands Lake Merritt. This effort is part
of an ongoing study with Jere Lipps and Dawn Peterson (California Academy of Sciences) on the
foraminifers and ostracodes in this polluted, urban lagoon before and after its proposed
restoration. Their findings will shed light on the effectiveness of using microfauna to monitor
pollution levels in coastal waters. The preliminary results of this study will be presented at
the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Seattle in November.
Around the states...
Undergraduates Sterling Nesbitt and Kacey Ballard spent two weeks in the southwest looking
in the Moenkopi Formation for new vertebrate fossils. They discovered another Arizonasaurus
braincase, along with other bones of the animal. Traveling to southern Utah, they met up with Howard
Hutchison to excavate a complete skeleton of a baby alligatoroid from Late Cretaceous sediments and
then on to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where they met up with a crew from Yale and
looked for Triassic fossils. Sterling went on to help prospect for vertebrates at Petrified Forest National
Park, returned to Moenkopi sites previously collected by UCMP, and checked the stratigraphy that had been
previously recorded. He found a new microsite containing small reptiles and plans to return to the site next
summer to screenwash. Following visits to museums in New Mexico, Arizona, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts
to look at Triassic vertebrates, Sterling continued preparation of Moenkopi fossils in the Prep Lab under the
direction of Jane Mason.
At top, Curtis Pehl applies his skills as a former member of the CalTech crew team to UCMP
research! Below, Kacey Ballard and Howard Hutchison in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah excavating
a complete skeleton of a small alligatoroid. (top photo courtesy of Jere Lipps; bottom photo by Sterling
Karen Osborn continues her work
with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), exploring the deep canyons off of Monterey Bay.
This summer, Karen had the opportunity to join a group of Mexican and MBARI scientists aboard the