Fossil Club

Fossil Club Displays at Patuxent River Appreciation Days

Fossil Club Meetings

Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis and, due to COVID restrictions, are currently being conducted virtually via Zoom. All meetings are open to the public - you do not have to be a current CMMFC member to attend a meeting.

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 shared during the meeting. Whenever possible, meetings are followed by a free public lecture by a distinguished guest.

2021 Fossil Club Meeting and Lecture Schedule:


Monday, April 19 

Club meeting at 7 p.m. ~ Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Hali Kilbourne, a Research Associate Professor with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory campus. 

Sea Level Rise in Maryland

Dr Hali KilbourneDr. Hali Kilbourne is a Research Associate Professor with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory campus. Before coming to Southern Maryland, Dr. Kilbourne was a visiting professor at McDaniel College and held a prestigious U.S. National Research Council postdoctoral position with which she worked at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory. She obtained her undergraduate training in Geology from Smith College and graduate training in Marine Science from the University of South Florida. She specializes in the fields of Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. Her research focuses on understanding the climate of the last 2000 years to provide context for modern changes and to improve our understanding of climate system processes driving climate variability. Such information can help us improve climate models used for predicting future climate change by providing datasets of historical climate variability for data-model comparison.

click here Zoom button Opens in new windowThe meeting and lecture will be virtually presented via Zoom and there is no charge to participate. Join us by clicking the button below and using the Meeting ID: 869 2310 2566

“Sharks and Rays of Florida: a 45-million-year history.” 

Victor Perez provided an overview of his dissertation research on chondrichthyan diversity from the Eocene through the Pleistocene of the Florida platform. He also provided an introduction to myFOSSIL and explain how it can be used to curate personal collections.

Click here to download a copy of the lecture presentation

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.

2021 Field Trip Schedule:

Check back for upcoming trip information

Fossil Club Elected Officers & Volunteers*

Paul Murdoch, President:
Grenda Dennis, Vice President:
Christa Conant, Treasurer:
Dave Bohaska, Secretary:
Christa Conant, Membership Chairperson:
Stephen Godfrey, Editor*:
Robert Ertman, Fall Field Trip Leader*:
Robert Ertman, Spring Field Trip Leader*: