Wesley von Dassow at GSA

Summer 2014 PCP PIRE intern Wes von Dassow presents this morning on the field course in the Azuero Peninsula in Panama. He is viewing it from the vantage point of international collaboration, as the bilingual geological field camp was run by Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and attended by Colombians, Panamanians, and Americans. Former interns Michelle Barboza and Robyn Henderek (who presented on Sunday) were also in attendance.

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Brendan Anderson and Panamanian turritellid snails

Brendan Anderson, who traveled to Panama with Austin Hendy last spring, is presenting on his research on turritellid snails – high spired, filter feeding mollusks. Anderson is a graduate student at Cornell University, and wrote an eNewsletter article (see flmnh web page) about his research in April of this year.

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Austin Hendy and Michal Kowalewski, both of FLMNH, will present their research in the same session (room 219) later this afternoon.

K/T Boundary Session

This morning’s extinction session at GSA 2014 brings together geologists, including Gerta Keller and Walter Alvarez, trying to decipher the timing and cause of mass extinction events, including the demise of non-avian dinosaurs. Interesting new research on the Chicxulub Impact and the catastrophic Deccan Traps (massive volcanism in India). Maid the impact trigger even greater volcanism worldwide?

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia, showing an artist’s rendering of a bolide impact.

Jobs for students and recent graduates

We have multiple positions open with PCP PIRE! Make sure to stop by the University of Florida booth, the GSA Employment Center, or our website http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/panama-pire/funding-opportunities/museum-internship-program/. We have internships for upper level undergrad and grad students in both a museum and field setting, as well as a new post-doc opportunity.