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Norcross, GA 30093-3059


Meetings are 7:30 pm the first Monday of each Month
4138 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30093-3059

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Date: February 5, 2024
Social Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting Time: 7:30 pm
Location: In-Person at GMS and Virtual via Zoom (link below and on the GMS calendar here)
Speaker: Ryan Roney, Curator at Tellus Science Museum
Topic: Mineral Evolution

Ryan O. Roney, Curator at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, will speak on Mineral Evolution. Some club members may have attended the Tellus Mineral Symposium this past March where the originator of the concept, Robert Hazen, and his former post-doc and colleague from the Carnegie Institute, Shaunna Morrison, spoke on their efforts to delineate the resulting concept of paragenetic modes of mineral formation that have occurred through geologic time. Ryan will provide a summary of this theory and show how the use of large data sets, such as the database on, revealed never before seen patterns in mineral formation that record how the lithosphere has interacted with the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. In response to the past 15 years of work on this theory, many museums around the world have adjusted their presentation of minerals to reflect this emerging theory. Ryan will discuss how his interpretation of the collections at Tellus is informed by this theory and how this theory informs our understanding of the minerals found in Georgia and the Southeastern US.

As curator at Tellus Science Museum, Ryan cares for the rock, mineral, meteorite, and fossil collections. His main efforts at Tellus seek to build the representation of Georgia’s earth history in the museum’s collections. He is a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he previously earned a Master’s in Geology. Ryan has Bachelor’s degrees in Geology and Spanish from Georgia Southwestern State University and the University of West Georgia. Ryan has done paleontological fieldwork in Chile, Argentina, and throughout the Southeastern US and mineralogical research on vapor phase minerals from Topaz Mountain in Juab County, Utah. His current research includes South American echinoids, spatangoid evolution, Georgia hyoliths, and characterizing the geochemistry of the skarn mineral suite at Red Oak Quarry in Atlanta, Georgia. Ryan is conversant in German, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and annoys his wife with mispronounced attempts to learn French, of which he can only read scientific literature on echinoids.

Jane Stone
Vice President of Programs

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General meetings are usually on the first Monday of the month. If this date falls on a holiday, the general meeting will be on the SECOND Monday of the month. In September, the annual picnic and auction replaces the general meeting and is held on a Saturday.

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