SDAG Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Located in Balboa Park, the SDNHM is near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Village Place, just south of the San Diego Zoo. Enter through the grand entrance on the North side, facing the large Morton Bay Fig tree.
Menu: Deluxe Mexican Buffet. Drinks are NOT included.
Cost: $35.00 for non-members, $30.00 for members, $25.00 for students
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Speaker: Tom Deméré, San Diego Natural History Museum
"DISCOVERY OF REMAINS OF AN EXTINCT GIANT BISON (BISON LATIFRONS) IN PLEISTOCENE (RANCHOLABREAN) FLUVIAL STRATA IN THE SAN LUIS REY RIVER VALLEY, SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, USA"
Tom attended San Diego State University (BS Geology), Univ. So. Calif. (MS Geology) and UCLA
(Ph.D. Biology). After an initial period working in the petroleum industry, Tom moved to the San
Diego Natural History Museum where he has been employed since 1979. He is currently Curator of
the Department of Paleontology, where he occupies the Joshua L. Baily, Jr. Chair of Paleontology.
Tom's research interests are in Cenozoic paleontology and geology of Southern California and Baja
California. His invertebrate paleontological work has concentrated on Plio-Pleistocene molluscan
biostratigraphy, paleoecology, and taphonomy. His vertebrate paleontological work focuses on the
evolutionary history of marine mammals (pinnipeds and cetaceans). In pursuing this line of research
Tom is involved with field investigations to discover new fossils of pinnipeds and cetaceans, with
anatomical investigations of both fossil and Recent marine mammals, and with functional analysis of
feeding and locomotor anatomical features.
Since the early 1980s, Tom has been deeply involved with conservation of the rich and unique
paleontological resources of Southern California. In this regard, he has helped put together guidelines
for determining the paleontological resource sensitivity of geological deposits that occur in the region.
Tom has also headed up the Museum's Department of PaleoServices, whose goal it is to mitigate
negative construction-related impacts to sensitive paleontological resources. Typically, mitigation
involves monitoring of construction activities, discovery and salvaged of unearthed fossil remains,
preparation of salvaged fossils, identification and curation of prepared fossils, and storage of curated
fossils in perpetuity for future generations. Over the past 33 years this effort has resulted in the
recovery of countless rare and/or unique fossil remains, many of which are, or have been, displayed
for the public at the Museum.
As an adjunct faculty at nearby SDSU in both the Department of Geological Sciences and Department
of Biology, Tom has had the opportunity to advise a number of undergraduate and graduate students
on various paleontological projects. Tom's involvement with students increased in 2009 when he
began teaching courses (Geobiology and Historical Geology) in the Department of Geological
Sciences, where he was an undergraduate student in the 1970s.
Upcoming SDAG meetings - 2013 - 2014
December 17 -Tuesday: Tom Deméré, San Diego Natural History Museum
January 15: TBD
February 19: TBD
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