Bruce J. MacFadden's research while affiliated with Florida Museum of Natural History and other places

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Bringing Florida Museum of Natural History 3D Collections into K-12 Schools to Teach About Adaptations, Evolution, and Climate Change Authors and Affiliation: Stephanie Killingsworth (1,2), Brian Abramowitz (1,2), Bruce MacFadden (1,2), Jeanette Pirlo (1,2), Kate Carter (3) 1. University of Florida 2. Florida Museum of Natural History 3. Frost Sc...
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The Scientist in Every Florida School (SEFS) program was started in 2019 with a long-term vision to connect Earth systems scientists with public K-12 schools in Florida and therefore create long-term scientist-teacher part- nerships. SEFS fulfills teacher requests to create personalized, meaningful, and impactful experiences to support teacher peda...
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The Scientist in Every Florida School (SEFS) program was started in 2019 with a long-term vision to connect Earth systems scientists with public K-12 schools in Florida and therefore create long-term scientist-teacher partnerships. SEFS fulfills personalized requests to create meaningful and impactful interactions to support teacher pedagogy and st...
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The use of 3D printing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning is a promising way for integrated STEM education. This study examined the influence of 3D printing infused STEM integration on students' interest in STEM careers, which is essential for students to participate in STEM disciplines and future STEM careers. The...
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The extensive sedimentary sequence of Florida preserves evidence of prehistoric life spanning some 40 million years into the past. This paper describes the results of a three-pronged professional development (PD) program conducted in November 2019 in which Florida teachers from eight counties gained knowledge and experience about the process and co...
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The past decade has seen an exponential increase of innovative applications of 3D technology in the geosciences. Here, we present a case study from the Florida Museum of Natural History applied to the multidisciplinary field of paleontology. We have deployed 3D scanning and printing techniques for the purposes of scientific research, formal educati...
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As an emerging technology in K-12 education, 3D printing has gained much attention from educators and researchers. However, meaningful 3D printing integration in K-12 curricula is still scarce, and little is known about how teachers' beliefs and the integration in science classrooms may influence student motivation. This study examined the influenc...
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The extensive sedimentary sequence of Florida preserves evidence of prehistoric life spanning some 40 million years into the past. This paper describes the results of a three-pronged professional development (PD) program conducted in November 2019 in which Florida teachers from eight counties gained knowledge and experience about the process and co...
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Fossils are relics of natural history that attract people across a wide variety of paleontological backgrounds, from professional to amateur. Despite this common interest, however, there is often an insurmountable boundary between these two groups. Amateur paleontologists are often avid fossil collectors that can offer unique insight into their fav...
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Cambridge Core - Life Science Professional Development - Broader Impacts of Science on Society - by Bruce J. MacFadden
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Instagram has high potential as an engagement tool for geoscience institutions looking to interact with the public, especially younger generations who use the platform prolifically (Smith & Anderson, 2018). However, Instagram has yet to undergo rigorous scientific study. Here, we provide a toolkit for geoscience institutions to assess education and...
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Presentation of the 2018 Paleontological Society Pojeta Award to Eugenie C. Scott - Volume 93 Issue 5 - Bruce J. MacFadden
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The Information Age has allowed an unprecedented ability to communicate with users along the spectrum of scientific expertise. The FOSSIL Project, an NSF-funded initiative based out of the Florida Museum of Natural History, seeks to engage users across this continuum of expertise in open, collaborative scientific inquiry related to the collection,...
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The Belgrade Quarry operated by the Martin Marietta Corporation in Maysville, North Carolina exposes a fossil-rich, temporally diverse assemblage, spanning from the Eocene through the Pleistocene. Typically, fossil collecting at the Belgrade Quarry occurs during quarterly field trips, in which visitors can collect in spoil piles that homogenize the...
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Type of Submission: Symposium and Educational Share Fair Themes: Digitisation and Collections Data, Collections Access and Use, Education, and Science Communications Full Title: Completing the Data Pipeline: Collections Data Use in Research, Education and Outreach Short Title : Joint SCNet/BLUE/iDigBio Symposium at SPNHC 2018 Organizers : Gil Nelso...
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Over the past several decades, thousands of stable isotope analyses (δ13C, δ18O) published in the peer-reviewed literature have advanced understanding of ecology and evolution of fossil mammals in Deep Time. These analyses typically have come from sampling vouchered museum specimens. However, the individual stable isotope data are typically disconn...
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ESM for 'Body mass predicts isotope enrichment in herbivorous mammals' by Julia Tejada et al.
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Carbon isotopic signatures recorded in vertebrate tissues derive from ingested food and thus reflect ecologies and ecosystems. For almost two decades, most carbon isotope-based ecological interpretations of extant and extinct herbivorous mammals have used a single diet–bioapatite enrichment value (14‰). Assuming this single value applies to all her...
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Regardless of online or physical space, including museum exhibits, social media, fossil digs or web sites, people are fascinated by fossils. In this paper, we discuss the initial phase of design for a mobile app that extends the myFOSSIL online space in order to more fully support public participation in scientific research via remote collection of...
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In August 2017, we held a four-day professional development workshop, FOSSILs4Teachers! This pilot program consisted of 35 participants, including members of fossil clubs (informal STEM), K-12 teachers (formal STEM) from different grade levels, and staff paleontologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH). Many of the teachers had no p...
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As access to mobile technology improves, mobile apps are increasingly being used in classrooms. In this study, twenty-five educators (4 elementary school, 10 middle school, 10 high school, 1 museum) were subdivided into three groups and used a prototype of the myFOSSIL App, a mobile application that is being designed to support public participation...
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Social media provides countless opportunities for individuals to learn collaboratively as well as contribute to scientific knowledge within digital contexts. The FOSSIL Project, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative, uses social media platforms (i.e. Twitter and Facebook) to unite paleontologists, regardless of level of expertise, as a mo...
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This newly described chondrichthyan fauna from the late Miocene Chucunaque Formation of Lago Bayano reveals a prolific and highly diverse assemblage from Panama, and one of the richest shark faunas from the Neotropics. Strontium geochronology indicates an age of 10–9.5 Ma for the chonrichthyan-bearing strata. Field efforts resulted in 1429 identifi...
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Organizational structure for the proposed IsoBank. A central executive group would oversee four subcommittees (SC): Information technology, integrative disciplinary, education and training, and analytical expertise. GNIP, Global Network of Isotopes in Precipitation; IAEA, International Atomic Energy Association; QA/QC, quality assurance/quality con...
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Analysis and comparisons of fossil woods studied. (XLSX)
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The late Miocene was an important time to understand the geological, climatic, and biotic evolution of the ancient New World tropics and the context for the Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI). Despite this importance, upper Miocene deposits containing diverse faunas and floras and their associated geological context are rare in Central Americ...
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Panama REE (rare earth element) data analyzed in? 2015. (XLSX)
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Extant species of the genus Equus (e.g., horses, asses, and zebras) have a widespread distribution today on all continents except Antarctica. Extinct species of Equus represented by fossils were likewise widely distributed in the Pliocene and even more so during the Pleistocene. In order to understand the efficacy of “big data” for (paleo)biogeogra...
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This study sought to define the attributes and practices of organized fossil groups (e.g., clubs, paleontological societies) as amateur paleontologists, as well as those of professional paleontologists, and explore the potential for these two groups to work collaboratively as a formalized community. Such an investigation is necessary to develop des...
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We report the first Tertiary bird fossil from Central America, an ungual phalanx from a large, unknown genus and species of Accipitridae from the early Miocene Centenario Fauna, Panama. This specimen provides another example of a Neogene bird from North and Central America with its possible closest living relatives occurring today in Africa. In con...
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Fossils and the science of paleontology provide a charismatic gateway to integrate STEM teaching and learning. With the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as well as the exponentially increasing use of three-dimensional (3-D) printing and scanning technology, it is a particularly opportune time to integrate a wider variety of fossils and...
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New World monkeys (platyrrhines) are a diverse part of modern tropical ecosystems in North and South America, yet their early evolutionary history in the tropics is largely unknown. Molecular divergence estimates suggest that primates arrived in tropical Central America, the southern-most extent of the North American landmass, with several dispersa...
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It lived millions of years ago and was three times as large as the great white shark: the megalodon. So far its extinction has been explained with the onset of an ice age. However, researchers at the University of Zurich have now come to the conclusion that responsibility for the decline of the monster shark lays not with the climate, but with othe...
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Given its catastrophic consequences, the extinction of apex predators has long been of interest to modern ecology. Despite major declines, no present-day species of marine apex predator has yet become extinct. Because of their vulnerability, understanding the mechanisms leading to their extinction in the past could provide insight into the natural...
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Considerable interest exists among lifelong learners in the USA about fossils and the science of paleontology. Unlike some other science-related groups, e.g., astronomy and ornithology, interest in fossils among amateur paleontologists is primarily focused within local clubs and societies with little national coordination. This paper presents the r...
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This novel description of the chondrichthyan fauna of the late Miocene Chucunaque Formation in Lago Bayano, Panama reveals a prolific and highly diverse assemblage. Extensive field efforts resulted in 1426 identifiable dental remains and six non-dental elements; comprising at least 38 taxa, of which at least 12 are new to the documented fossil reco...
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Fishermen have recovered four Quaternary proboscidean teeth from the continental shelf in the vicinity of the Pearl Islands, about 50–80 km offshore from the southern coast of Panama. Two upper third molars (M3) and one lower third molar (m3) are similar to comparable teeth of the Pleistocene gomphothere Cuvieronius based on the presence of 4½ to 5...
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The incorporation of rare earth elements (REEs) into the mineral lattices of skeletonized fossils has been used, particularly in vertebrates, to understand diagenesis and other postmortem paleoenvironmental parameters. Little is known about similar processes in invertebrates. Invertebrate and vertebrate fossils were analyzed for REE concentrations...
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Tectonic and volcanic activity in the Isthmus of Panama region led to the gradual shoaling of the Central American Seaway (CAS) from ~13 to 2 Ma and ultimately gave rise to the Isthmus itself. The interconnection of the two Americas is an ecologically important event reported to have prompted the Great American Biotic Interchange between these once...
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Although Cenozoic protoceratid artiodactyls are known from throughout North America, species referred to the Miocene protoceratine Paratoceras are restricted to subtropical areas of the Gulf Coast and southern Mexico and tropical areas of Panama. Newly discovered fossils from the late Arikareean Lirio Norte Local Fauna, Panama Canal basin, include...
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In the early 1960s, human skeletal remains of several individuals were found in apparent association with late Pleistocene mammals during an excavation at Devil's Den sinkhole in Levy County, Florida. The rarity of these associations in Florida and across the Americas is well-known. Most sites suggesting this antiquity contain diagnostic lithic and...
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One major emphasis of reform initiatives in science education is the importance of extended inquiry experiences for students through authentic collaborations with scientists. As such, unique partnerships have started to emerge between science and education in an ongoing effort to capture the interest and imaginations of students as they make sense...
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The proboscidean Gomphotherium is reported here from the Alajuela Formation of Panama. Gomphotherium was widespread throughout Holarctica during the Miocene, and the Panama fossil represents the extreme southernmost occurrence of this genus in the New World. Allocation of the Panama Gomphotherium to a valid species is impossible given both the frag...