Kyle Hartshorn

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Kyle represents the city’s long tradition of avocational paleontology and brings a unique perspective that integrates engineering, science, and art. The hills and streams of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana overflow with 450 million year old fossils from the Ordovician period, an inspiration to generations of professional geologists and geological enthusiasts.  Kyle falls into the latter category, pursuing software development as a career and geology as an intensive hobby. He is a long-time member of the Dry Dredgers, the oldest amateur paleontological society in the United States, and often collaborates with researchers from the University of Cincinnati, particularly Dr. Carlton Brett. Although Kyle’s interest in paleontology began with childhood fossil collecting, it has since evolved into a love of stratigraphy, the discipline of cataloging and correlating different rock layers using fossils and sedimentary patterns. The tri-state region’s Ordovician-Silurian rocks form a vast three-dimensional puzzle that still holds many unsolved mysteries, despite over a century of detailed study.  In addition, Kyle is a part-time scientific illustrator, creating colorful reconstructions of ancient life for the Dry Dredgers and other interested parties, including recent paintings of the ancient Cincinnatian seas for the nature centers at Cowan Lake State Park and Hueston Woods State Park.  

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