Upcoming Events

October 18, 2016
Fossil Field Workshop

Geological Hangman


Alabama State Fossil


Basilosaurus cetoides


Fossils of the Black Belt - A Hands-On Field Workshop for Science Teachers

University of West Alabama in Livingston and vicinity

October 18, 2016

8:00am to 4:30pm

Cost: $15.00

preregistration required

Earth Science Week!

Contact Information

GSA/AAS Coordinator

Yvonne Massey

Executive Assistant to the State Geologist

(205) 247-3687

WMS/AAS Coordinator

Robin Stevenson

Science Teacher

(205) 759-3673


Job Shadowing

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, which is traditionally an indicator that spring is just six weeks away. However, staff here at the Geological Survey of Alabama did see their shadow, but it does not mean more wintry weather.

Students from Westlawn Middle School had an opportunity to job shadow GSA staff and  perform work tasks that were educational and helpful, as well as appreciated.

Students also had the opportunity to share with each other what they did as part of their job shadowing work experience.
Students were presented with posters, postcards, maps, fossils, and other educational resources published by the GSA.

Loo Whitfied, Education Coordinator at the Chamber of Commerce, visited and was very complimentary of the work that staff had students do and how well the students accomplished their tasks and were able to articulate what they had done.

Thanks to the teachers, Joy Jones and Robin Stevenson, who accompanied the students and special thanks to the following staff for giving students this job shadowing experience to assist them:

* Irene Burgess - Boxing up contract files for archiving.

* Sydney DeJarnette - Restocking the shelves in Publications Sales.

* Karla Howard - Creating a file folder for 2006 leave records and alphabetizing Time and Attendance Sheets and Application for Leave slips.

* David Kopaska-Merkel - Sorting pre-packaged fossils.

* Tom Moore - Reading the odometer to record vehicle miles.

* Pat O'Neil - Identifying and sorting fish for the GSA Fish Collection.

* Gary Scruggs - Measuring maps and posters to be cut and boxed for distribution.