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Tony Martin talks about his new book, “Life Traces of the Georgia Coast”

2013 January 7
by Hal Jacobs

Environmental Studies Professor Anthony (Tony) Martin talks about his new book, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast (Indiana University Press), an up-close look at the animals and plants of Georgia’s fascinating barrier islands, in this new YouTube video.

Ever wondered who left those tracks on the beach? Using lots of photos and illustrations, Martin presents an overview of the traces left by modern animals and plants in this biologically rich region. He shows how life traces relate to the environments, natural history, and behaviors of their tracemakers, and applies that knowledge toward a better understanding of the fossilized traces that ancient life left in the geologic record.

Dr. Martin is a paleontologist and geologist who specializes in ichnology, the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, trails, burrows, and nests. At Emory, he teaches a wide variety of courses in paleontology, geology, and the environmental sciences on campus and in field courses, including study-abroad programs.

Along with his interest in the ichnology of the Georgia barrier islands, he has studied modern traces and trace fossils from elsewhere in the U.S. and other countries, with his most significant discoveries in Australia. He has published many peer-reviewed articles on traces and trace fossils made by plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates representing the last 550 million years of the geologic record.

See more books by Emory faculty at the category link below (also check out Staring and Its Implications in Society by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, and Custerology: Legacy of the Indian Wars & Custer by Michael Elliott).

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