Thursday, September 4, 2014

Call for papers about Carboniferous tracksites

Look up from the slab: The context of Carboniferous tracksites

Proposal for an issue of the
Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin
(Editor: Dana Ehret)
to be published in 2016

Andrew K. Rindsberg and David C. Kopaska-Merkel are editing a bulletin devoted to the paleoecological context of Carboniferous tracksites such as the Union Chapel Mine (Alabama, USA) and Joggins (Nova Scotia, Canada). Appropriate topics include research on the plant and invertebrate communities associated with vertebrate trackways; associated invertebrate trace fossils; paleogeography and taphonomy of vertebrate tracksites; and other aspects of the frame in which vertebrate trackways occur. Studies that illuminate animal interactions or behavior within a sedimentary context will also be considered. Manuscripts must consist of original research; they may review the paleoecology of whole sites if this has not been done before.

We plan to publish about 10 to 20 papers of 10 to 20 printed pages each (about 40-80 doublespaced manuscript pages). However, no page limit has been set and both shorter and longer manuscripts will be considered. The bulletin will contain about 200 to 250 printed pages.

Please email proposals to:

Dr. David C. Kopaska-Merkel


October 1, 2014. Deadline for authors’ proposals, including title and ideas.

October 15. Editors respond to authors’ proposals.

May 1, 2015. Deadline for submission of complete manuscripts by authors.

June 1. Reviewers submit their responses.

October 1. Deadline for authors’ corrections to be submitted to editors.

Spring 2016. Formatting of issue by Dana Ehret (Editor, AMHN Bulletin).

Review of proofs by editors and authors.
Final adjustments to manuscripts.


Guest Editor DAVID C. KOPASKA-MERKEL has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and a B.S. from the College of William and Mary. He is Chief of the Petroleum Systems and Technology Section, Geological Survey of Alabama. He is a member of the Evolution Working Group (University of Alabama), President of the SE Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and is active in regional scientific organizations. Current research ranges from sedimentology of gas shales to ichnology of the Minkin Site lagerst├Ątte.

Guest Editor ANDREW K. RINDSBERG studied under John Warme at the Colorado of School of Mines (Ph.D.) and Robert W. Frey at the University of Georgia (M.S.) after graduating from Stanford University (B.S.). He is currently Associate Professor of Environmental Geology and Paleontology at the University of West Alabama, and coordinating author, along with Dirk Knaust, of the ongoing revision of the Trace Fossils volume of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. Current research focuses on the ichnotaxonomy of shallow-marine invertebrate ichnotaxa, and the relationship between ichnology and sequence stratigraphy of the Silurian Red Mountain Formation of Alabama.

Editor DANA EHRET Ehret is the Curator of Paleontology at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Dr. Ehret attended the University of Florida for both his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. His Ph.D. work focused on the evolution of the white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, and the macroevolution of large body size in the megatoothed sharks including Carcharocles megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived. His field work in Peru in 2007 and 2010 and South Africa in 2009 has led to the description of a 6.5 million-year-old fossil white shark species, Carcharodon hubbelli, which has been the subject of featured articles in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and Palaeontology. His other published work includes manuscripts on a Megalodon nursery area (PLOS One) and other fossil sharks of Panama (Journal of Paleontology), and fossil turtles, including a new species of map turtle from the Pleistocene of Florida, Graptemys kerneri (Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology).

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