Paleoecology field trip to the Upper Ordovician of eastern Indiana: Haven’t done this for awhile!

Richmond, Indiana — Today Nick Wiesenberg (our invaluable geological technician), Brianna Lyman (my excellent Teaching Assistant), and I took the 15 students in the Paleoecology course to the fossiliferous Upper Ordovician of eastern Indiana (upper Whitewater Formation). It’s a location (C/W-148) that I’ve taken students to many times, but not since 2019 because of … you guessed it … pandemic. We had a wonderful time collecting bags of specimens for exercises and reports this semester. It was a wonderful day, even if it was seven hours of driving for one hour of fieldwork!

This is a typical view of the fossils available here in abundance. Note the bryoimmurations!

Bags of fossil treasure waiting to be opened in lab. First step will be washing and sorting. This is going to take awhile!

About Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Professor of Geology at The College of Wooster. He specializes in invertebrate paleontology, carbonate sedimentology, and stratigraphy. He also is an expert on pseudoscience, especially creationism.
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