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Lecture: Bighorn Basin Paleontology

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT

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Bighorn Basin Paleontology

By Dr. Michael D’Emic

June 20, 2024
Noon–1 p.m.

Join us for the June Lunchtime Expedition, Bighorn Basin Paleontology, presented by Dr. Michael D’Emic, vertebrate paleontologist and Associate Professor at Adelphi University. Please note that this lecture takes place on the third Thursday of June rather than the first Thursday like most in this series.

The in-person talk takes place in the Center’s Coe Auditorium, with a virtual option available. We will share the Zoom webinar link to register as soon as we have it.

About the speaker

Dr. Michael D’Emic is a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in the evolution of bones and teeth, focusing on dinosaurs as a model system. His research is interdisciplinary, combining aspects of evolutionary biology, earth science, and anatomical sciences.

D’Emic completed his undergraduate degree at Boston University with a semester of paleoecological work at the University of Aukland, followed by Masters and PhD work at the University of Michigan, a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Georgia Southern University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stony Brook University. Currently an Associate Professor at Adelphi University, D’Emic teaches a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Histology, Evolution, and a two-week summer Field Paleontology course in Montana and Wyoming.

Each summer, D’Emic conducts fieldwork in the western United States, focusing on the Lower Cretaceous Cloverly and Upper Jurassic Morrison Formations.

Upcoming Lunchtime Expeditions

The series generally continues on the first Thursday of each month, but please note the date changes in June and July.
July 11 (note date change): Paleobotany of the Bighorn Basin by Dr. Scott Wing
• August 1: Bats, by Dr. Riley Bernard, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
• September 5: Rangeland Songbirds, by Dr. Anna Chalfoun
• October 3
• November 7
• December 5

Have you missed a Lunchtime Expedition?

The talks in this series are gathered in YouTube playlists by year:

2024 Lunchtime Expeditions
2023 Lunchtime Expeditions

Support for the Draper’s Lunchtime Expedition series has been made possible by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation.


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