by Public Relations Office
November 3, 2003
Cedarville, OhioDr. John Whitmore, assistant professor of geology, has been selected to present his research at the 115th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America this week in Seattle. Whitmore will present on "A Novel Method to Determine Relative Lake Depth Using Vertical and Lateral Trends in Fish Taphonomy," which he co-authored with Dr. Leonard Brand of Loma Linda University.
Taphonomy is the study of the processes that cause fossilization. Whitmore and Brand`s research suggests that lateral fish taphonomy trends occur "because of changes in water depth." Vertical trends of fish preservation in a lake bed can help determine whether paleo lake depths were stable or changing. The men looked specifically at Fossil Lake, which is part of the Green River Formation of Wyoming and is famous for its fossil fish.
A Cedarville resident, Whitmore has been on the Cedarville faculty since 1991. He holds a B.S. in geology from Kent State University, an M.S. in geology from the Institute for Creation Research, and a Ph.D. from Loma Linda University. This study was part of his doctoral research.