Cold, Hard Science: Paleontological Research in Antarctica

Science on Tap
Monday, November 9, 2020
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Online Event | Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5)
United States

Join us on Zoom for this month’s Science on Tap talk featuring Drexel University’s Ted Daeschler, who will discuss his team’s work exploring Devonian-age fossils in Antarctica.


Ted Daeschler examines fossils in Antarctica

Ted Daeschler examines fossils in Antarctica.

Sune Tamm

During two austral summers, Dr. Ted Daeschler co-led a team exploring Devonian-age fossils (390 million-years-old) in the harsh Trans-Antarctic Mountains in Antarctica. Traveling by military transport, small fixed-wing aircraft, helicopter, snowmobile, and on foot, the team established base camps in three areas where Devonian-age rock is exposed within the predominantly ice-covered continent. Extensive training and thorough preparation enabled safe and productive field seasons yielding a trove of fossils currently under study at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

About the Speaker

Ted Daeschler is a longtime curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences and also a professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at Drexel University. His research interests are focused on late Devonian-age vertebrate fossils and the origin of limbed vertebrates. His fieldwork in Devonian-age rocks in Pennsylvania, Arctic Canada, and Antarctica has led to a series of discoveries establishing the research program as one of the most productive in the world.

About the Series

Our Science on Tap monthly speaker series is now online! This monthly gathering features brief, informal presentations by Philadelphia-based scientists and other experts followed by lively conversation and a Q&A. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people. Come join the conversation!