The truth about Atlantis and other adventures in geoscience

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Venue:MMC, WC 130


Eugene Shinn, a retired Research Geologist for the USGS, is known locally for his contributions to South Florida carbonate sedimentology and coral reef monitoring but his work has reached far beyond our local scientific community. Gene has published over 120 publications in the field including landmark work on the effect of African-born dust on North American ecosystems as well as research that determined the pathways and movement of sewage-contaminated ground water in the Florida coral-reef tract. Despite not having an advanced degree, Gene’s contributions to field won him the Twenhofel Medal (highest award for Sedimentology), the Meritorious Service Award of the Department of the Interior and Honorary Membership in the Society for Sedimentary Geology. His skill and willingness to share his work won him the USGS Shoemaker Award for Distinguished Achievement in Communications, among others. Gene has recently written a book about his life and research entitled “Bootstrap Geologist” that has been well received. This is should be a very enjoyable event followed by canual conversation, book signing, and snacks.

There will be a few books available at the event but they can be found online very easily. Here’s the New York Times review of “Bootstrap Geologist”