Ocean Organization Spotlight: Paleo Quest

Written by on November 26, 2013 in Other News, Spotlight

Editor’s Note — This piece continues with our Ocean Organization Spotlight series. The series features all kinds of foundations and organizations working to protect the oceans and its inhabitants around the globe. Every organization will have its own feature but you can easily find them on the new Ocean Organization Spotlight page.

Shark teeth.

Shark teeth. Photo courtesy of Paleo Quest.

Paleo Quest is a 501c3 non-profit Citizen Science service and research organization whose mission is to advance the sciences of paleontology and geology through research, exploration and science education. Paleo Quest is an original, collaborative platform that brings together amateurs, professionals and citizen scientists in a variety of disciplines, providing a greenhouse for scientific innovation. The organization’s novel approach to science has helped Paleo Quest members identify and answer unique scientific and methodological questions in paleontology and stratigraphy.

As co-founder Jason Osborne pointed out, Paleo Quest has found fossil remains of just about every vertebrate mentioned on MST, including whales, seals, sharks and more!

Osborne and Paleo Quest co-founder Aaron Alford PhD designed the SharkFinder™ Citizen Science program aimed at finding fossil elasmobranch (shark, skates and ray) remains in the Atlantic coastal plain of the United States. Despite being a favorite of collectors and paleontologists for more than a century, elasmobranch fossils from this region have been poorly characterized. SharkFinder™, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational program, aims to solve that problem with the help of classrooms and citizen scientists.

Paleo Quest is working with leading curricula developers to provide an interactive, web-supported STEM curricula portal for SharkFinder™ that will reach tens of thousands of students around the world. In the summer of 2013, the White House, Executive Office of The President recognized SharkFinder™ as one of the top citizen science programs in the country.

Co-founder Jason Osborne holding a 5 million year old whale radius arm bone. Photo courtesy of Paleo Quest.

Co-founder Jason Osborne holding a 5 million year old whale radius arm bone. Photo courtesy of Paleo Quest.

Co-founder Aaron Alford holding a 5 million year old whale rib bone. Photo courtesy of Paleo Quest.

Co-founder Aaron Alford holding a 5 million year old whale rib bone. Photo courtesy of Paleo Quest.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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