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Public Service

Dr. Jon Bryan is available for free public lectures, presentations and other community service. His main topics include regional and Florida Geology, fossils, and related topics for K-12 and adult audiences. There is no charge for this Speaker's Bureau service of Northwest Florida State College. See sample topics below. Contact bryanj@nwfsc.edu  or office (850) 729-5246 for information.  

 Public Lectures/Presentations

 

  • 2022 Agatized Coral in Florida and Georgia. Playground Gem and Mineral Society, Ft. Walton Beach, FL

  • 2021 Geology and Environmental History of Eglin Reservation, Florida Panhandle. 14th Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute Symposium. Northwest Florida State College.

  • 2019 Reefs of Florida—Past and Present. 12th Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute Symposium.

  • 2019 Special Educational Project: Fossil Site Excavation. Took NWF State College Paleontology class to central Florida during spring break (17-23 March) to assist Florida Museum of Natural History (University of Florida) in Miocene vertebrate fossil excavation.

  • 2018 Introducing Astrobiology. Playground Gem and Mineral Society, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

 

  • 2017 Dinosaur Zoo Live Fossil Exhibit. Prepared and hosted a large fossil display for more than 2,000 school children who attended the national touring education/entertainment production of “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live” from Australia at Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College. 

  • 2015  Salt of the Earth-The Geological History of Life’s Most Essential Nutrient. At: Playground Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Walton Beach and at Science Friday Seminar, Northwest Florida State College.

  • 2015 Geological Overview of Okaloosa County, FL. At: Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, “Okaloosa Anniversary 2015” Centennial Celebration of Okaloosa County, Florida.

  • 2014  Coastal Dune Lakes - Jewels of Florida's Emerald Coast. Participated in film and book interview by Live Oak Production Group for a PBS (public television) documentary. Video clip at ​https://vimeo.com/ondemand/coastaldunelakes. Available topic: Geology & Origin of Coastal Dune Lakes.

  • 2014 Geology of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Walton & Bay Counties, FL. At: Playground Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Walton Beach and at Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute Symposium on Choctawhatchee Bay.

  • 2014 Paleontology Meets Archeology—Using Fossils to Determine the Provenance of Lithic Artifacts and Debitage in Florida. At: Emerald Coast Archaeology Society, Indian Temple Mound Museum, Ft. Walton Beach, FL

  • 2014 - 08 Foundations of Eden—A Roadside Geological Tour of Florida. At: Pensacola Audubon Society; Florida Paleontological Society; Tampa Bay Fossil Club; Northwest Florida State College Science Friday Lecture Series; Heritage Museum; & NWF State College Prime Time Lunch & Learn 

  • 2014 The Department of Natural Sciences at Northwest Florida State College -  At: Florida Learns STEM Scholars Program and at Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, DeFuniak Springs.

  • 2013 Stromatolites—Earth’s Earliest Living Structures. At: Playground Gem and Mineral Society, Ft. Walton Beach, FL and at Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute Annual Symposium 2013.

  • 2013 Geological Overview of the Choctawhatchee Basin. At: Okaloosa County Master Gardeners Association and ​at South Walton Citizens’ Council.

  • 2012 Mineralogy & Gemology 101. At: Playground Gem and Mineral Society, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

  • 2011 The Sundial at Northwest Florida State College. At: DeFuniak Springs Kiwanis Club;​ Niceville United Methodist Church Young at Heart Group; ​ and NWF State College Institute for Senior Professionals Lunch & Learn.

  • 2010 What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? The Relation of Science to Religion. At: Unitarian - Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast.

  • 2009 Evolution and Extinction in the Fossil Record. Part of special 5-part Public Lecture Series on Evolution at Northwest Florida State College 

  • 2009-08 Geological Overview of the Choctawhatchee Basin. At: Choctawhatchee Audubon Society and at Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute Symposium on Choctawhatchee Bay

  • 2006-1997  Mosasaurs—Sea Serpents of the Cretaceous Period and Sea Serpents: Past and Present, Real  & Imagined. At: Northwest Florida State College Science Friday Symposium; Choctawhatchee Audubon Society; Mid-Bay Rotary Club - discussion & exhibition of the skeletal remains of a mosasaur discovered, excavated, and reconstructed by NWF students and faculty.​

  • 1999 The Geology and Paleontology of the Suwannee Limestone of North Florida. At: Four Rivers Audubon Society, Lake City, Florida

  • 1999 Ways of Relating Science and Faith in the Classroom. At: Southeastern Geological Society of America Theme Session: “Approaching Questions of Origins in Earth Science Education: Creative Solutions to Evolving Controversies” 

  • 1998 The Salt Mountain Limestone of Southwestern Alabama and the Post-Cretaceous Recovery of Reef Ecosystems. At: Pensacola Section of the American Chemical Society, Pensacola, FL.

  • 1996 Fuss-n-Feathers: The Fossil Record of Birds and the Relation of Birds and Dinosaurs.  At: Choctawhatchee Audubon Society.

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