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Louis Zachos B.Sc.

"Louis Zachos, a geologist by training and a paleontologist by habit, is interested in the Tertiary echinoids of the Gulf coast. He is currently working his way slowly through TMM's Tertiary collections, seeking the echinoids hidden there. He has come across so many interesting fossils that he has decided to inventory the collections while he’s at it."

Louis Zachos is a prolific worker. As volunteer(noted above) and later research fellow he inventoried the entire Tertiary collection at NPL. His last task was as a graduate student developing the protocols for imaging the type specimens in the NPL collection.  A project that is funded by NSF.
His primary interest is in Tertiary non-vertebrate faunas, particularly the echinoids (sea urchins, sand dollars, and similar spiny organisms), and he is currently studying the Oligocene echinoids collected from the Damon Mound quarry near Houston. 
He is also working towards a doctorate at the Jackson School of Geosciences on the subject of theoretical morphology of echinoids.  And in his spare time he paddles one of his trusty kayaks up and down Texas rivers in an attempt to trace the routes taken by R.A.F. Penrose, E.T. Dumble, and R.T. Hill on their river explorations of the late 1800’s.

"The Search for Devil's Eye"

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Louis Zachos at Damon Mound
Lou (on the left with guide at Damon Mound.

In addition to countless hours in the collection Lou has also digitized several historical field guides, and numerous invaluable early papers relating to Tertiary invertebrates.

2007 saw his GSA poster receive acclaim, it won a special commendation in the first annual Paleontological Society Student Poster Award Competition.

2008 is also turning out to be a successful year, Lou has been offered a post-doctoral position at the Smithsonian (NMNH) which he will take up after he completes his doctorate.


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