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Next AIA-Orange County Society Lecture

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2:00-4:00 PM


at Concordia University

Dr. Jere H. Lipps
  • Director, J. D. Cooper Archaeology and Palaeontology Center, California State University Fullerton

Dr. Lipps will talk about the newly established John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, and its job of preserving and understanding Orange County’s scientific and cultural heritage.  Almost all rocks exposed in OC are sedimentary rocks that contain fossils ranging in age from 180 million years ago to modern time, including archaeological evidence of the cultural history of humans in OC going back at least 10,000 years and perhaps longer than that.  The Center contains millions of fossils from microorganisms to whales and millions of artifacts from over 450 sites in the county collected over 4-5 decades.  All of these will be prepared, curated and properly stored for use in research, K-16 education, and public outreach.  So far, over 25,000 items have been databased leaving several lifetimes of work still to be done. The Center has hosted lecture series in archaeology and paleontology, exhibits in several venues, and at the Festival of Whales in Dana Point, Prehistoric OC at Clark Park, and an afternoon of displays on “ancestors” at the Santa Ana Zoo.  Similar activities and events are under development for 2014.  Research currently underway includes studies of the first baleen whales (they had teeth!), the 40 million year old Talega deposits of terrestrial mammals, the effects of sea level rise on archaeological sites in OC, and many others by US and International researchers and students.

Jere H. Lipps, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley, and presently Director of the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, Santa Ana, is a geologist, paleontologist and marine biologist (PhD, UCLA).  He taught courses on marine and field geology, climate change, tropical islands, and paleontology. His research concerns paleontology, geology and evolutionary and environmental biology of marine organisms in the fossil record and inferred from living species and communities.  This research deals with modern ecologic, paleoecological and evolutionary interpretations, and application of geological, paleontological and ecological data and principles to societal problems and to astrobiology.  His approach is to understand modern organisms (ecology, molecular evolution) and apply that knowledge to interpretations of particular problems in the fossil record of Earth, Mars, Europa and other planets.  He has studied marine organisms (microfossils to whales) in order to understand past climatic effects and sea level changes on evolution and extinction, origin and early evolution of animals, ecology of modern and fossil reefs, among others, publishing over 480 papers and articles.  Service to the profession includes the chairmanship of four University of California academic units, Presidency of the Paleontological Society, the Cushman Foundation, the North American Association of Paleontology Societies, and Secretary of the geology section of AAAS.  Lipps has received a number of awards for his continued work including the R. C. Moore Medal of SEPM, the Joseph A. Cushman Award, Friend of Darwin Award of NCSE, the Centennial Fellowship of the Paleontological Society, and the Antarctic Medal of the US.  An island in Antarctica is named for him.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Members - Free (members may also bring a guest free of charge)
Non-members - $5 suggested contribution
Students - Free

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA

Take Jeffrey Drive south from the San Diego Freeway (I-405)
Jeffrey Drive becomes University Drive south of the 405 Freeway
Turn left at Ridgeline Dr. and go a very short block
Turn right at Concordia East
Pick up a free parking pass at the gate house.

Park in visitor parking opposite Grimm Hall (see campus map)