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WN@tL: “Wisconsin’s Niagara Escarpment: the Continuing Impact of 430,000,000-year-old Silurian Rocks on the State’s Development, Economy, and Scientific Heritage.”
February 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pmFree
Speaker: Don Mikulic, Weis Earth Science Museum; UW-Oshkosh-Fox Valley Campus
- Grew up in Muskego, Wisconsin
- Bachelor’s at UWM in geology
- Ph.D. Oregon State University in geology
- Retired as a senior Paleontologist from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- A specialist on the geology and paleontology of Silurian rocks especially in the Milwaukee-Chicago area and on Wisconsin mining history. I have conducted research projects in North America and Europe and have worked as a curator at the Greene Museum at UWM, a consultant for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Wisconsin Department of Justice and am a steering committee member of the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network.
Description: Geology has a strong influence where and how our society develops however, few people are aware of the importance of this connection. In eastern Wisconsin, the Niagara Escarpment provides a noteworthy example of this cause and effect. From defining the shape of the Great Lakes to making a home for the Green Bay Packers, the escarpment has been instrumental in the direction of eastern Wisconsin’s historical and economic development and more recently it’s geotourism. The Silurian rocks of this region of which the escarpment is a part, continue to play a role in this development in addition to having been the basis of important scientific discoveries. First in the 19th century documentation of ancient reefs by former state geologists and a UW president to more recent studies on the geologic record of glacially driven extinction events, these Silurian rocks have had an important role in studying the geologic past.