Hello,¬† I’m Johnny and I am a fourth year senior in the School of Earth Sciences. I am currently doing research with Dr. Babcock, studying evidence for symbiotic zooxanthellae algae with Devonian corals by looking for bleaching events preserved in the coral skeletons. My passion is paleontology and I hope to make a career out it once I am done with school, either working in a museum or doing research at a university. I like to spend my time in nature observing animals and plants and collecting fossils wherever I can. My hopes for this class are to learn more about the plants that I observe everyday here in Ohio and to learn how to identify these plants.

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The symbol for my coat of arms is a trilobite, specifically¬†Isotelus maximus. This trilobite is Ohio’s state fossil and symbolizes my passion and love for fossils. My home is Cincinnati, Ohio where I have lived my entire life. My major is Earth Sciences, but I am also minoring in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. My moto is “Ex Libro Lapidum Historia Mundi” which is Latin for “from the book of rocks comes the history of the Earth”. This moto comes from a book that I read called “T. Rex and the Crater of Doom” by Walter Alverez, who discovered the giant impact crater made by the asteroid that caused the K-T extinction event.