Meet our Directors, Fellows and Research Associates

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Board of Directors

Dr. Frederick Hotchkiss

Dr. Frederick Hotchkiss
Dr. Hotchkiss beside a painting of
Mary Anning
Dr. Frederick Hotchkiss conducts the operations of the Institute and does research on fossils, evolutionary biology and marine sciences through the auspices of the Institute. He has a degree in Earth Sciences (MIT 1966), served as an Engineering Duty Officer in the US Navy’s Deep Submergence Systems Project, and did graduate study in evolutionary biology and paleontology at Yale University (PhD 1974). He worked for twenty-four years in the design and manufacture of ultrasonic transducers for nondestructive testing (NDT). At the same time, he kept up his academic interests and in 2002 received the Mary Anning Award of The Palaeontological Association [UK] for significant contributions to paleontology; also he is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

ORCID ID [Frederick Hotchkiss] Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute

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Mr. James F. Clark

Mr. James F. Clark trained in marine biology (B.S. Harvard University 1970) and taught oceanography at the U. S. Naval Academy during his subsequent military service. He has developed and patented a variety of specialized underwater equipment and continues to work in the commercial diving industry.

Dr. George L. Babich

Dr. George L. Babich is Chairperson of the Department of Biology and Chemistry at Fitchburg State College. His research interests are in Regeneration Biology, with emphasis on amphibian limb regeneration and an interest in echinoderm regeneration. In addition to this research and administration, he mentors graduate students and teaches and writes on specific issues on bioethics. His graduate degrees are from the University of New Hampshire, and he did post-doctoral research in the Dartmouth Medical School Department of Immunology.

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Research Associates

The honorary title Research Associate of MPRI is awarded by vote of the Directors to individuals, other than students, who do collaborative research with MPRI scientists, or scientific activities under the umbrella of MPRI. The recognition is for a set time period which may be extended by vote of the Directors. It is embedded in the outreach philosophy of MPRI that collaborative researchers do not necessarily hold a doctoral degree and are not necessarily professionally employed within marine biology or paleontology. MPRI recognizes that significant contributions to marine and paleobiological science have been made by persons who are not employed as scientists or academics. Nominations by MPRI scientists are based on the steadiness, duration and success of the research collaboration. In general, to be considered for nomination the research collaboration should have a long-term aspect to it. Nominees should be prepared, if requested, to write a one page biographical and collaborative endeavor statement. There is no pay associated with this honorary recognition. Persons interested in collaborative research with MPRI should contact Dr. Frederick H. C. Hotchkiss, President.

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Fellows of MPRI

The honorary title Fellow of MPRI is awarded by vote of the Directors to scientists, irrespective of nationality, who have made significant contributions to marine biology and/or paleontology by means of a substantial body of research (not normally awarded on the basis of a few good papers). Fellows are distinguished by breadth as well as depth of their contributions. Contributions through leadership of expeditions, legacy of students, editorship of journals, and other types of service to the scientific and educational community may also be considered in selecting nominees. Candidates are nominated by the President and voted on by the Board of Directors. Persons wishing to put forward a name to be considered for nomination, including self-nominations, should submit a one page statement outlining the candidate's principal achievements to Dr. Frederick H. C. Hotchkiss, President.

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Come celebrate National Fossil Day with MPRI at the Oak Bluffs Public Library -- Thursday, 17 October 2019, from 4pm to 7:45pm. This event is free and for all ages -- students to grandparents. We are thrilled to say that National Fossil Day on Martha’s Vineyard is partially supported by a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Looking back
In May we took fossil programs for seniors to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and in June to The Anchors Senior Center in Edgartown in collaboration with the Martha's Vineyard Center for Living and in collaboration with the MV Museum.

In April Susie Bowman
and Fred Hotchkiss presented
Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods,
a free lecture and slide show about lives and history of horseshoe crabs and opportunities to be involved in the Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science Survey Project -- at the West Tisbury, Edgartown and Oak Bluffs libraries

In March we visited two 8th grade science classes of Mrs. Connie Alexander in Tisbury, bringing a range of fossils for study and discussion.

In March we brought touchable fossils to preschoolers at the Island Children's School in West Tisbury.

In February we visited the 7th grade science classes of Ms. Lea Dorr in Oak Bluffs as they studied geology and the history of beach pebbles found on the Vineyard.

In February we served on the panel of judges at the MVRHS 2015 Science Fair. We also provided an MPRI Award which went to Patrick Best and Pearl Vercruysse.

In December we visited the MVRHS science class of Ms. Anna Cotton to incorporate SEA STARS into their studies of Island fisheries and Vineyard marine life.

In November MPRI Director Dr. Fred Hotchkiss received the Russel P. Stanhope Distinguished Friend of Science Award from the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST), with huge thanks for being nominated by Tisbury 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher Mrs. Connie Alexander.

Fossil Fred brought a carload of fossils to Mr. David Faber's 8th grade science classes, Wednesday, October 22, Edgartown School.

MPRI celebrated National Fossil Day on Martha’s Vineyard: Thursday October 16th in partnership with the Oak Bluffs Public Library and the National Parks Service. The event was free to all, and 230 children, parents, teachers and fossil enthusiasts participated.

We assisted in Archaeology ID Day at the Martha's Vineyard Museum, 30 August, and the public brought in great finds from around the Vineyard.

We presented a FAMILY-ORIENTED HANDS-ON-FOSSILS PROGRAM at the Edgartown Library on 5 August, with co-presenter biological oceanographer Wendy Culbert. Thirty-five persons, including 25 children, happily experienced fossils.

WE LED CITIZEN SCIENTIST volunteers doing horseshoe crab spawning surveys in May and June in Lake Tashmoo.

In May we visited the WEST TISBURY FOURTH GRADE classes of Rebecca Solway and Jen McHugh with buckets of sea water and LIVING SEA STARS

Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods
3/20 at Oak Bluffs Library
3/25 at Vineyard Haven Library
4/9 at Chilmark Library
4/16 at Edgartown Library

MPRI was a sponsor of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
Science Fair,
8 February, 2014.

Looking back
Fossil Fred visited the 5th and 6th grade science classes of Ms Justen Walker and Ms Nicole Pereira on Monday, December 16th, 2013 in Westport, MA

Fossil Fred visited the West Tibury 1st grade class of Ms Tessa Wall on Friday, November 15, 2013

Looking back
the Fourth Annual NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY was celebrated at the OAK BLUFFS PUBLIC LIBRARY on Thursday, October 17, 2013, 4PM to 7:45PM. About 180 people came to the event.

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