Upcoming Meetings

All are welcome – no admission charge

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Past Presidents Dinner:
Colorado’s Exciting New Dinosaurs

includes the new Thornton discovery
Joe Sertich, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Please see the menu and reservations form below! We need to have your reservation by Tuesday, April 3. Send your reservation form with a check to Colorado Scientific Society, P.O. Box 150495, Lakewood CO 80215-0495. You may email the form and reserve your place(s) by writing to Pete Modreski, pmodreski@usgs.gov, phone 303-202-4766, and sending your check to the CSS by mail or bringing it to the dinner. Dinner cost, depending on your meal and dessert choice, will range from $30 to $45 for CSS members and family, $50 for non-member guests. Mt. Vernon Canyon Club (the new name of Mt. Vernon Country Club) is located on Lookout Mountain west of Golden, reached via I-70 either from exit 256 or 254. This is an evening to honor the Past Presidents of our Society, to show appreciation for all our members, and to enjoy an evening together with friends, old and new, and colleagues. ALL CSS members and their family and friends are invited to come.

Hell Creek Formation, Late Cretaceous to Early Paleocene, ~66.8-66 Ma (Maastrichtian to Danian); claystone, mudstone, sandstone; Dakotas, Montana, and Wyoming

Abstract: The rich geology of Colorado captures nearly the entire evolutionary history of dinosaurs, ranging from their first appearance in the Triassic 240 million years ago to the last dinosaurs of the Cretaceous 66 million years ago. Included are the Rocky Mountain West’s iconic Jurassic dinosaurs like Stegosaurus and Allosaurus, so abundant in Colorado quarries they became a target of the late 1800’s “Bone Wars.” Cretaceous fossils preserved across Colorado capture the height of dinosaur evolution on “Laramidia” in addition to subtropical landscapes inhabited by the last dinosaurs to walk North America, the iconic Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. New discoveries from the Front Range, like the spectacular ‘Thornton Torosaurus,’ promise to solve recent dinosaur mysteries and have ignited a dinosaur renaissance in Denver, the only major metropolitan area where dinosaurs still lurk in backyards.

Fruitland Formation, Late Cretaceous, ~75.5-74.5 Ma (Campanian); sandstone, shale, coal; San Juan Basin, New Mexico and Colorado.
Joe Sertich

Biography (from 2016): Joe Sertich is Curator of Dinosaurs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He received his B.S. in from Colorado State University in 2004, his M.S. at the University of Utah in 2006, and his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 2011. His research focuses on dinosaurs, crocodiles, and flying reptiles, and their ecosystems, during the Late Cretaceous. His field-based research is split between the Gondwanan continents of the southern hemisphere and western North America. He is one of the primary researchers on the Madagascar Paleontology Project exploring the latest Cretaceous of Madagascar and has expanded the search for dinosaurs to older deposits across the island. He is also working on several projects searching for the first latest Cretaceous dinosaurs of Africa, including work in northern Kenya and Egypt. In North America, he leads the Laramidia Project, currently leading work to uncover a lost world of dinosaurs in the Cretaceous of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, northwestern New Mexico, and northwestern Colorado.

Everyone is invited to our Past Presidents’ Dinner for our 136th Anniversary at the:

Mount Vernon Canyon Club (formerly Mount Vernon Country Club)

24933 Clubhouse Circle
Golden, CO 80401
(on Lookout Mountain)

Social Time 5:30
Dinner 6:00
Program 7:00

Menu for 2018 Colorado Scientific Society Past Presidents’ Dinner

Reservation for 2018 Colorado Scientific Society Past Presidents’ Dinner

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Role of the USGS (US Geological Survey) and CGS (Colorado Geological Survey)

Eugene (Buddy) Schweig, Director, USGS Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Karen Berry, Director and State Geologist, Colorado Geological Survey

All are welcome to our meeting; no admission charge.

6:30 PM, Social time
7:00 PM, Program

The Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church,
11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO
Map for Shepherd of the Hills

Future Meetings and Activities

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Emmons Lecture:
High Drama at the Paleocene/Eocene Boundary

Climate and Biology, Perspectives from the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) in the Bighorn Basin; Implications for Today
Will Clyde, University of New Hampshire
on the Colorado School of Mines campus

Will Clyde, University of New Hampshire

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Student Presentations

This is our annual meeting with presentations by students.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Structural Geology of Colorado

Ned Sterne
plus another talk that is not confirmed yet

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Department of Energy – Thoughts on Geothermal Energy

Jeff Winick
plus another talk that is not confirmed yet

Thursday, December 13(?), 2018

Presidents Talk: Cities at Risk

Bob Raynolds, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

General Information about Meetings

All are welcome – no admission charge
Social Hour starts at 6:30, meeting at 7:00

Meetings are normally at:
Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church
11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO

See Abstracts (under Events) for previous Colorado Scientific Society Talks