May meeting of the Paleontological Society of Washington

The Paleontological Society of Washington

7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 17

Q?rius theatre, National Museum of Natural History, Constitutional Ave. entrance

Fossil Dinoflagellate Cysts – A Tour of Applications for the 21st Century

Lucy E. Edwards

U.S. Geological Survey Reston, VA

Dinoflagellates are a fascinating group to study as fossils. This presentation will highlight recent applications and current advances in the study of the organism and, more importantly to PSW fans, its preserved fossils. Topics covered will include new twists on the old standbys: biostratigraphy, paleoecology, and taphonomy, followed by things like microbial preferences in cyst degradation, and what the ontogeny of cyst formation can tell us about extreme environments. Dinocyst humor will also be included.

Non-Smithsonian visitors will be escorted to the Q?rius theatre at 6:50 and 6:55 p.m. Society members will host the speaker for dinner at the Elephant & Castle (1201 Pennsylvania Ave.) prior to the meeting. Members may meet at the restaurant or inside the Constitutional Ave. entrance of the NMNH at 5:00 and walk to the restaurant as a group.

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