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GEOLiteracy Festival 2017

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The Stoneley Lecture Series was established in 2011 with the aim of addressing geological topics of contemporary interest that will advance public understanding and debate. 

Following in the tradition of using engaging speakers who are leading figures in the communication of scientific and technical material to the public, we are delighted to announce that our 2017 speaker is Ken Lacovara. Ken will be headlining our GEOLiteracy Festival in 2017; a series of national outreach events hosted in village halls to prestigious venues aimed at capturing the interest of professionals and families alike.

Share your passion for Geology with your nearest and dearest and make sure you book one of these exciting events as places are limited!

Dr. Kenneth Lacovara with a 6.5-foot femur from Dreadnoughtus found in Patagonia. 
Photo by Robert Clark.

Who is Ken Lacovara?

Dr. Kenneth Lacovara has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk our planet, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons weighs more than seven T. rex. In his quest to understand these titanic creatures that strain the human imagination, Lacovara blends exploration in remote locations across the globe with the latest imaging and modelling techniques from engineering to medicine. When he’s not excavating fossils in far-flung locations, Lacovara works on the cutting edge of applying 21st-century technology to the study of dinosaurs. By using 3D imaging, 3D printing, robotics, and medical modelling techniques, his work is helping to shift our perspective of giant herbivorous dinosaurs from their historic portrayal as hapless lumbering prey to that of fearsome, hulking, hyper-efficient eating machines that deserve our awe and respect.

Lacovara led the effort to create the Rowan University Fossil Park in New Jersey. Within its quarry, Lacovara and his team are using a globally important cache of 65 million year old fossils to shed light on the calamitous events that wiped out the dinosaurs and helped shaped the modern world. As a community inspired park, Lacovara’s vision is to create a centre for citizen science that connects people to their ancient past and fosters pathways into the STEM disciplines for students of all ages and backgrounds.

A popular public speaker, Lacovara enjoys sharing the wonders of science and discovery with audiences around the world. He has appeared in numerous television documentaries and his discoveries have landed him three times in Discover magazine’s 100 Top Science Stories of the year and in Time’s Top Stories of 2014. Lacovara was named by Men’s Journal as one of The Next Generation of Explorers and he is an elected fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club in New York.

Kenneth Lacovara earned his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Delaware. He is the founding Dean of the School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University and Director of the Rowan Fossil Park

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