"Celebrating the Richness of Paleontology through Fossil Hunting"

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About the Author "A Celebration of Paleontology"

About the Author: Jayson Kowinsky

The Author with a Film Crew at the Calvert Cliffs

The Author with a film crew at the Calvert Cliffs


I have a B.S. Degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Education and teach Physics courses at a local High School. I love to share my interest of paleontology through fossil hunting and want to invoke curiosity into the wonderful world of paleontology.

Although I am not a professional in the field of paleontology, I have many years of experience with paleontology and consider myself an expert in the field of avocational paleontology.

Some of my qualifications include:

Avocational Liaison to the Paleontological Society council for 2017 - 2019.

Won Service awards from the Paleontological Society and Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum.

Gave professional presentations at various Geological Society of America (GSA) Conferences, the 2019 North American Paleontological Conference, and have attended many other GSA and Paleontology conferences.

Was a scriptwriter for a 2022 Florida fossil hunting episode on PBS America Outdoors Understory.

Have been featured in magazines including "Organic Style", "Mid-Atlantic States", "Wonderful West Virginia" and "PropTalk".

Have been on radio talk shows, including "North Jersey Talking" and "970 WLFA - Tampa Bay's News Radio".

Been interviewed in, wrote sections, or had my fossils featured in over a dozen publications (books and media) including various School Science books and general paleontology books from large publishers including Harcourt Publishing to smaller publishers such as "Tracking Trilobites, Adventures in Paleontology" from Paul Gritis Books and "Spinosaurus (Exploring Dinosaurs)" from Library Binding , "Megalodon: Prehistoric Predator of the Deep" by Ruby Tuesday Books, and "101 American Fossil Sites you've gotta see" by Mountain Press Publishing, "Dinosauria and Prehistoric creatures: Ancient Sharks", and more.

Have contributed countless articles to fossil clubs and museums, including the Fossil Club of the Calvert Marine Museum, Maryland Geological Society, the Aurora Fossil Museum, and the Fossil Project.

Have had fossil specimens I found published in peer reviewed paleontology journals.

Helped scientifically valuable specimens find their way into museums and also helped excavate specimens with museums. The highlight is a partial squalodon skull I discovered which is now at the Calvert Marine Museum.

Have conducted countless fossil outreach events and "kids digs" in local communities.

Am a member of the professional societies: Geological Society of America and the Paleontological Society.

Am a member of numerous avocational fossil societies and clubs.

myFOSSIL also has a writeup about the author: Amateur Spotlight.


A few publications with interviews and/or fossil images in them by the author

Jayson Kowinsky presenting at the NAPC Conference

The Author presenting at the North American Paleontology Conference in California

Fossil Dig

Providing a "Fossil Dig" for kids at a Community event

Kowinsky presenting at GSA conference

The Author giving a presentation at a Geological Society of America conference in South Carolina


Some awards for service in Avocational Paleontology

fossil excavation

The Author helping the Calvert Marine Museum quarry a fossil skull from the Calvert Cliffs

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