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The Natural History Society of Maryland’s Fossil Club presents its 2nd annual Sharkfest!  Join the Fossil Club Sunday July 21, 2019 for a fun filled afternoon learning all about sharks.  This event is fun for the whole family. Look at spectacular displays of shark teeth and related fossils, as well as informative talks and discussions about sharks.   There will also be great games and crafts for kids!

Tickets $5 / 10 and under free

Special Presentation:

2:00 pm/Alan Henningsen will present Modern Day Sharks

3:30 pm/ Dr. Stephen J. Godrey will present Shark Tales

A little bit about our presenters:

Dr. Stephen J. Godfey received his B.Sc. in Biology from Bishop’s University (Quebec) and a Ph.D. in paleontology from McGill University (Quebec). Following a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto (Ontario), he moved to Drumheller, Alberta, the “Dinosaur Capital of Canada,” where he became involved in paleontological exhibit work for museums around the world.

In 1998, Dr. Godfrey became the Curator of Paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland where his mandate is to collect, preserve, and interpret fossils from the famous Calvert Cliffs along the Chesapeake Bay.

Alan Henningsen is Fishes Research Specialist at the National Aquarium. He has worked with sharks and rays for over 30 years in captive, laboratory  and field settings. He is a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group for the Northwest Atlantic Region. In addition, he along with other colleagues initiated International Sawfish Day. He serves as Vice Coordinator for the AZA Sawfish SSP and is Co-coordinator for the AZA SAFE Sustainability Project International Census of Chondrichthyans in Human Care.

Alan obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami, as well as a Master’s degree in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.  He has served as a reviewer for several journals as well as authored peer-reviewed articles and chapters on sharks and their relatives.