Hartwick’s Titus to Discuss “Gilboa Fossil Forest” at The Green Toad

October 29, 2009

Hartwick College Professor of Geology Robert Titus will address the "Gilboa Fossil Forest of the Catskills" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3 at the Green Toad Bookstore on Main Street in Oneonta, NY. The talk is free and open to the public.

The one-hour talk will cover the geological history of the famed Gilboa Forest. The Devonian age fossil forest gives scientists and laypeople alike their earliest look at forest ecology. It has yielded, and continues to yield, fossil trees, shrubs, and plants, as well as fossilized animals who lived alongside this flora.

Titus has developed a reputation for his remarkable ability to reach out and communicate Catskill geological history to the general public in his many articles in Kaatskill Life magazine. Titus also has written hundreds of newspaper columns in publications such as The Woodstock Times and the Columbia County Independent.

Titus is a paleontologist by training, and has done a great deal of professional research on the fossil record of New York State. Since 1991, however, he has increasingly become interested in writing about Catskills and Hudson Valley geology for a general audience. More and more he has become committed to communicating the fascinating story of our region's geological history to a growing readership. He also is a popular speaker and does numerous appearances each year throughout the region.

His most recent book, The Other Side of Time, is published by Purple Mountain Press. It is Titus' third book on Catskills regional geology (previously The Catskills in the Ice Age and The Catskills: A Geological Guide). All are aimed at the general reader, not the professional geologist.

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