Karen Grove received her Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University in 1989. From 1989–2015 she was a professor in the Department of Earth & Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University, where she used her specialty in sedimentary geology to interpret past tectonic and climatic events. She moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2015, and is now focused on understanding the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest. She teaches geology courses as a volunteer for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Oregon University (SOU) and writes a geology travel blog (landscapes-revealed.net).
John Day Fossil Beds Flora and Fauna and Climate Change
The John Day fossil beds in north-central Oregon have one of the world’s most complete records of organisms fossilized during the Cenozoic Era (past 66 million years), a period of time known as the Age of Mammals. The evolution of plants (flora) and animals (fauna) that is so well documented …