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Shell Club awards grant to student for fossil study

By SHELL CLUB - | Dec 18, 2020

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The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club recently awarded a $2,500 grant to University of Florida graduate student Carmi Thompson for a fossil shell study.

Her research seeks to broaden the understanding of the role fossil mactrids — from the bivalve family Mactridae — played in past habitats and by extension, the communities that existed in those ancient environments. The project will be carried out at the Florida Shell and Fill Quarry in Charlotte County, which has vertical exposed sections up to 70 feet in height representing an interval of geologic time of approximately 3 million years. UF students, led by Thompson, along with volunteers from local fossil and shell clubs, will be recruited to help.

The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club awards grants from the proceeds of its annual Shell Show. Grants are given toward education and research in the fields of conchology and malacology, as well as for conservation and water quality projects, primarily in Southwest Florida.

For more information, visit https://sanibelshellclub.com.