American Institute of Professional Geologists Ohio Section

Event Details AIPG Ohio Section

  • Thursday, Nov 12, 2015

    Ohio Section 2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner Presentation

    When:                         Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Where:                        La Scala Italian Bistro

                                                4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017

    Feature Topic           The Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region

    Presented by:             Dr. David L. Meyer

    RSVP:                         by Monday, November 9, 2015 (

    Cost will be $35 for adults and $20 for students.   We will also be accepting prepayment for the Annual Meeting using PayPal.  

    Please visit the following page for a secure prepayment and registration for the event.

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    You are cordially invited to the AIPG Ohio Section’s Annual Meeting and Dinner presentation, which will take place at La Scala Italian Bistro on Thursday, November 12th. The Section is pleased to host David L. Meyer, Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati who will present, The Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region.  

    The event begins at 5:00 pm with social hour, followed by dinner at 6:15, and the feature presentation at 7:00. The festivities will include a 50/50 raffle and door prizes! Please RSVP to Member-at-Large Colin Flaherty at

    The Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region

    by David L. Meyer (and Richard Arnold Davis)


    The Cincinnati Arch region of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana is known the world over for one of the most extensive surface exposures of undeformed fossiliferous marine limestones and shales of Late Ordovician age called the Cincinnatian Series.  This presentation was offered during the AIPG National conference The Expanding World of Unconventional Shale Hydrocarbon Resources held in Columbus in April; it will explore the major reasons for the significance of the Cincinnatian to geology and paleontology, based on four underpinnings: evolution, environment, preservation, and geologic history.  These factors are connected to the global significance of the Ordovician Period in Earth history that has been the focus of an international research effort in recent years.  An overview of some of the major groups of marine animals that inhabited the Cincinnatian sea will culminate in the reconstruction of the marine ecosystem that set a pattern for the ensuing Paleozoic. Although many aspects of the Cincinnatian ecosystem can be understood in light of the present-day oceans, the ecological structure of the Cincinnatian was unique in lacking many modern counterparts.  This unique character was important in determining the nature of the stratigraphic record and resources that are environmentally and economically significant today.   


    Dr. David Meyer grew up in Western New York, a region rich in geological and paleontological treasures, and this was the source of this interest in paleontology.  He majored in geology at the University of Michigan and graduated in 1966. He went on to graduate school at Yale, where his research interest in recent as well as fossil crinoids developed. He received his Ph.D. in 1970, following which he attended a one-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Smithsonian.  In 1975, he joined the faculty of the Department of Geology at the University of Cincinnati and began his career in teaching and research. He taught courses in paleontology, paleoecology, historical geology, coral reef geology and biology, and dinosaurs. In his research of living crinoids he has worked all over the Caribbean, and had several trips to the Western Pacific, including work in Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, Palau, and the Australian Great Barrier Reef. In 2012, he retired from full-time teaching at the University of Cincinnati; however, he is currently continuing part-time teaching and research as a McMicken Professor. His research has been supported by grants from the NSF, National Geographic Society, and NOAA.    

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