Gastaldo Humboldt and Fulbright Awards
Whipple-Coddington Professor Gastaldo Returns to Germany, Wins Fulbright for Work in South Africa


Robert Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, was invited by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to return to Germany this year during his sabbatical to work with colleagues at the Steinmann Institute in Bonn.
He will continue collaborative work begun when he won a research prize from the foundation prior to his appointment at Colby. At that time he spent a year at the Palaontologische Museum in Gottingen, and he and his German colleagues reconstructed Tertiary-aged, landscape vegetational patterns prior to the global climate decrease that accompanied the current icehouse state.
Gastaldo and Dr. Carole Gee will study the mineralogical and geochemical pathways responsible for preserving fossil wood, commonly known as "petrified wood." They plan field work in the Miocene-aged "petrified forest" of Lesbos, Greece, and the Permian-aged forest of Chemnitz, Germany. Results will be incorporated into Gastaldo's introductory paleontology course at Colby titled Record of Life.
You may ask, why the Haribo bear? The headquarters and manufacturing facility for Haribo candy is in Bonn, and everyone is familiar with Gummi Bears.


Prof. Gastaldo will spend January through August 2013 as a Fulbright Scholar at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, in a teaching and research position. He will continue his NSF-funded research in the Karoo Basin investigating the world's greatest mass extinction at the Permian-Triassic boundary.
His research team includes Dr. Rose Prevec (Albany Museum, Rhodes University, South Africa), Dr. Johann Neveling (Council for Geoscience, South Africa), Prof. John Geissman (University of Texas - Dallas), Dr. Cindy Looy (University of California - Berkeley), and Dr. Sandra Kamo (University of Toronto). Their focus is on the effects of the Mass Extinction event on the terrestrial landscape, and ecosystem response. Gastaldo was a Fulbright Fellow in the Netherlands in 1982.



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