Fossil Club

Fossil Club Displays at Patuxent River Appreciation Days
The Ecphora: Newsletter/Journal of the CMM Fossil Club, Click here
Fossil Club Membership 
Join the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club and increase your knowledge of life in the Miocene and take advantage of special field trip opportunities. Click here for an application/renewal form. 
Fossil Club Meetings 
Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis on Saturdays and begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the lounge on the top floor of the museum. All meetings are open to the public - you do not have to be a current CMMFC member to attend a meeting. Members are encouraged to come early to see the new on-goings at the museum and to bring and set-up their own recent fossil finds. Various related fossil topics, club issues, etc. are discussed at the meetings, as well as updates from the Paleo Staff of the Calvert Marine Museum on recent finds and new additions to the museum's permanent collection. Whenever possible, these new items will be on display. Beverages and snacks are usually provided and additional "finger food" contributions are always appreciated. Meetings are an hour to an hour and a half in length and are, whenever possible, followed by a free public lecture by a visiting distinguished guest at 2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. 
2017 Fossil Club Meeting, Lecture & Event Schedule:
Saturday, November 18: 12 p.m. in the Chestnut Cabin at Scientists Cliffs. Beach walk/collecting, potluck lunch, meeting, and presentation.
Arrive no earlier than 10 AM for Fossil Collecting prior to the meeting.

The presentation will be by Dr. Dale Greenwalt

"Spectacularly well-preserved fossil insects from the Eocene of Montana"
The Middle Fork of the Flathead River forms the southwestern boundary of Glacier National Park and is a favorite destination for trout fishermen from all over the USA. Virtually unknown however, is that, as the river has eroded a passage through the valley between the Park and the Great Bear Wilderness, it has exposed shale derived from sediments of a large 46 million year-old lake, know to geologists as Lake Kishenehn. Over the last 7 summers, scientists from the Paleobiology Department of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History have collected over 7,000 pieces of this shale which contains what are arguably some of the most exceptional insect fossils in the world. Not only are the fossils beautifully preserved, many also contain preserved original biomolecular components. These specimens will be described and several that relate to the evolution of specific insects will be discussed.
About the Speaker:
Greenwalt received his BS from the university of Minnesota and, after serving in the Peace Corps in the South Pacific, he received his doctorate from Iowa State University. After a postdoctoral stint at the University of Maryland College Park, and a career path adjustment to the study of membrane biochemistry, he became an assistant professor of chemistry at San Jose State University. Subsequent positions in the field of biotechnology at Human Genome Sciences and Lonza involved research into the development of cell-based high throughput assays for drug discovery. After retirement Greenwalt became a volunteer in the Paleobiology Dept. of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He is now a research associate at the NMNH and has spent the last nine years establishing the Kishenehn Formation fossil insect collection.

Fossil Club Field Trips

For all trips, contact Bob Ertman at or 410-533-4203 as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday before the trip. Remember to include your cell phone number. Please remember to call in for yourself and family members, or for another club member, on the date and time indicated. Current memberships in both the Fossil Club and the Calvert Marine Museum are needed to go on the trips. Information on directions, lodging, meeting times and meeting places will be provided at the call-in.

2017 Field Trip Schedule:

Check back for information on future field trips.
Fossil Club Scholarship
The Betty (Sandy) Roberts Scholarship for Natural Sciences is a partnership between the Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) and the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club to provide financial support to Southern Maryland students in pursuit of a post-secondary education focused on the natural sciences. Click here for information about the scholarship and the application.

Fossil Club Elected Officers & Volunteers*

Billy Palmer, President:
Paul Murdoch, Vice President:
Christa Conant, Treasurer:
Donald Morgan III, Secretary:
Christa Conant, Membership Chairperson:
Stephen Godfrey, Editor*:
Robert Ertman, Fall Field Trip Leader*:
Robert Ertman, Spring Field Trip Leader*: