Andrew K. Rindsberg, Ph.D.
 

Associate Professor of Environmental Geology and Paleontology
Station 7
Bibb Graves 201D
(205) 652-3416
arindsberg@uwa.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Geology, Colorado School of Mines, 1986
M.S., Geology, University of Georgia, 1983
B.S., Geology, Stanford University, 1975
Employment Date: Fall 2006
Professional Biography:

If a day in the field is better than a day in the office, then Andrew Rindsberg has had a lot of good days. He chose geology as his field of study, specializing first in paleontology and later in ichnology, the science of tracks, trails, burrows, and other signs of living activity. Trace fossils are not only lively, but also present challenges and puzzles that dead skeletons lack. After graduating from Stanford University, Andy sought out ichno-masters Robert W. Frey (University of Georgia) and John E. Warme (Colorado School of Mines) to study under, working on trace fossils from intertidal to abyssal environments. At the Geological Survey of Alabama from 1989 to 2006, Andy put this expertise to work on rocks of many different ages, as well as other projects in paleontology, geologic mapping, hydrogeology, and marine geology – creating a versatility that since 2006 has been put to use teaching courses in geology, earth science, and natural history at The University of West Alabama. Andy is now engaged in the business of sharing good days with students, and all his courses include field trips.

Classes usually taught:

BY 457 / BY 598 / EN 498 / EN 598 / HY Natural History of the Black Belt
BY 392 / GE 392 History of Life on Earth
BY 393 Paleontology
BY 404 / 504 Research Design and Data Analysis
ES 100 Introduction to Geology
ES 100L Introduction to Geology Lab
GE 370 Environmental Geology
EN 100 Environmental Science
EN 100L Environmental Science Lab
BY 307 UWA Butterfly Survey
BY 389 Independent Study in Paleontology

Committees: College Review Group
Academic / Research Interests:

I am a paleontologist specializing on trace fossils – the tracks, trails, burrows and so on that indicate living activity without actually including the organisms that made them – and modern analogs to these structures. Other research interests include butterflies and family history.

Personal Web Page:

Natural History of the Black Belt

Current Projects:

Kopaska-Merkel, D.C., and Rindsberg, A.K., in preparation, Bioirrigation in Alph n.igen., arthropod cubichnia from the Mississippian Hartselle Sandstone of Alabama (U.S.A.): to be submitted to Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences.

Rindsberg, A.K., in preparation, The teaching methods of paleontologist Robert W. Frey.

Rindsberg, A.K., in preparation, The teaching methods of geologist Richard Thurn in Livingston, Alabama.

Rindsberg, A.K., in preparation, Geology of the Black Belt of Alabama, in Hall, John C., ed., The Black Belt: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, University of Alabama Press.

Rindsberg, A. K., and Knaust, D., coordinating authors, in preparation, Trace Fossils, part W of Selden, P., ed., Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America.

Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A.J., in press, Caster’s plasters: neoichnological experiments by Kenneth Caster on limulids in 1937, in McIlroy, D., ed. Ichnia 2012 theme volume.

Recent Publications:

Mángano, M.G., Buatois, L.A., Astini, R., and Rindsberg, A.K., 2013, Trilobites in early Cambrian tidal flats and the landward expansion of the Cambrian explosion: Geology, v. 42 (2014), no. 2, p. 143-146. 10.1130/G34980.1

Morse, K., and Rindsberg, A.K., 2014, Where’s the buzz? Pollinator conservation in Alabama: Alabama Wildlife, v. 78, no. 2, p. 27-29.

Rindsberg, A.K., 2014a, J-, U-, and W-shaped burrows: how growth affects form and function in ichnology [abs.]. 10th North American Paleontological Convention, Florida Museum of Natural History, Abstract Book: Paleontological Society Special Publications, v. 13, p. 73.

Rindsberg, A.K., 2014b, Herbert H. and Daisy W. Smith: collectors, curators, and chroniclers of Alabama [abs.]: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 3, p. 73.

Rindsberg, A.K., 2014c, Estuarine ichnology in the Mississippian Hartselle Sandstone of Alabama [abs.]: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 3, p. 86.

Rindsberg, A.K., 2013, Winnie McGlamery (1887-1977), State Paleontologist of Alabama, in Ebersole, J., and Ikejiri, T., eds., Contributions to Alabama Paleontology: Tuscaloosa, Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin, no. 31, v. 2, p. 97-118.
 
Rindsberg, A.K., and Kopaska-Merkel, D.C., 2013a, Paleoecology and diagenesis of Parafavreina ziczac isp. nov., a crustacean microcoprolite from the Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian) Smackover Formation of Alabama, in Ebersole, J., and Ikejiri, T., eds., Contributions to Alabama Paleontology: Tuscaloosa, Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin, no. 31, v. 2, p. 74-93.
 
Rindsberg, A.K., and Kopaska-Merkel, D.C., 2013b, Bioirrigation in arthropod cubichnia from the Mississippian Hartselle Sandstone of Alabama (U.S.A.) [abs.]: XII International Ichnofabric Workshop, Çanakkale, Turkey, Abstracts.

Vallon, L.H., Rindsberg, A.K., and Bromley, R.G., 2013, An updated classification of animal behaviour in substrates [abs.]: XII. International Ichnofabric Workshop, 30th June – 5th July 2013, Çanakkale – Dardanelles, Türkiye, Abstracts, p. 82-85.

Rindsberg, A. K., 2012, Ichnotaxonomy: finding patterns in a welter of information, in Knaust, D., and Bromley, R. G., eds., Trace Fossils as Indicators of Sedimentary Environments: Elsevier, Developments in Sedimentology, v. 64, p. 43-76.

Rindsberg, A.K., and Herr, L.A., 2012a, Butterflies at the University of West Alabama: Livingston, University of West Alabama, Center for the Study of the Black Belt Leaflet no. 1.

Rindsberg, A.K., and Herr, L.A., 2012b, Butterflies on the University of West Alabama Nature Walks: Livingston, University of West Alabama, Center for the Study of the Black Belt Leaflet no. 2.

Rindsberg, A.K., and Herr, L.A., 2012c, Butterflies at the Black Belt Garden and the University of West Alabama campus: Livingston, University of West Alabama, Center for the Study of the Black Belt Leaflet no. 3.

Martin, A. J., and Rindsberg, A. K., 2011, Ichnological diagnosis of ancient storm washover fans, Yellow Banks Bluff, St. Catherines Island, Georgia (USA), in Thomas, D. H., ed., Geoarchaeology of St. Catherines Island, Georgia: Proceedings of the Fourth Caldwell Conference, St. Catherines Island, Georgia, March 27-29, 2009: Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, no. 94, p. 113-127. URL
http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace/bitstream/handle/2246/6105/A094%20chapter%205.pdf?sequence=8

Uchman, A., Mikuláš, R., and Rindsberg, A. K., 2011, Mollusc trace fossils Ptychoplasma Fenton and Fenton, 1937 and Oravaichnium Plička and Uhrová, 1990: their type material and ichnospecies: Geobios, v. 44, no. 4, p. 387-397.

Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A.J., 2011, Ringgold Gap, Georgia: a classic locality for Ordovician and Silurian trace fossils [abs.]: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, no. 2, p. 13. URL
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011SE/finalprogram/abstract_185813.htm

Kaminski, M.A., Uchman, A., and Rindsberg, A.K., 2010, Arthrodendron maguricum n.sp., a new larger agglutinated foraminifer from the Eocene Magura flysch of the Polish Carpathians and its relationship to komokiaceans and trace fossils: Journal of Paleontology, v. 84, no. 6, p. 1015-1021.

Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A.J., 2010, The bioprint of burrowing Paleozoic arthropods [abs.]: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, no. 1, p. 105. URL
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2010NE/finalprogram/abstract_169733.htm

Uchman, A., and Rindsberg, A.K., eds., 2010, Advances in marine ichnology: Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Ichnology, Cracow, Poland, 1-5 September 2008: Acta Geologica Polonica, v. 60, no. 1, p. 1-138.
URL
http://agp.org.pl/table/abstracts/60-1.htm

Uchman, A., Rindsberg, A.K., 2010, Advances in marine ichnology – Foreword. Acta Geologica Polonica, v. 60, no. 1, p. 1-2. URL
http://agp.org.pl/table/pdf/60-1/01uchman.pdfSome of my older publications are posted in pdf at Academia.edu (http://academia.edu/).
Recent Presentations:

Rindsberg, A.K., 2014, J-, U-, and W-shaped burrows: how growth affects form and function in ichnology: Tenth North American Paleontological Convention, Gainesville, Florida.

Rindsberg, A.K., 2014, Estuarine ichnology in the Mississippian Hartselle Sandstone of Alabama: Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Rindsberg, A.K., 2014, Herbert H. and Daisy W. Smith: collectors, curators, and chroniclers of Alabama: Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Rindsberg, A.K., 2013, Winnie McGlamery (1877-1972), State Paleontologist of Alabama: University of West Alabama, Center for the Study of the Black Belt, Black Belt Hall of Fame Initiation.

Rindsberg, A. K., and Martin, A. J., 2012, Caster’s plasters: Kenneth Caster’s neoichnologic experiments on limulids in the 1930s: Ichnia 2012, the 3rd International Congress on Ichnology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada.

Rindsberg, A. K., 2012, Winnie McGlamery (1877-1972), State Paleontologist of Alabama: invited talk, Birmingham Paleontological Society, Hoover Public Library, Hoover, Alabama.

Rindsberg, A. K., 2012, Butterflies: University of West Alabama, Science Saturdays.

Rindsberg, A. K., 2012, Trace fossils of the Black Warrior Basin: the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site: invited talk, Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists, First Annual Board Sponsored Continuing Education, Birmingham, Alabama.

Rindsberg, A. K., 2012, Winnie McGlamery (1877-1972), State Paleontologist of Alabama: Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Asheville, North Carolina.

Rindsberg, A. K., Kopaska-Merkel, D. C., and Lamb, J. P., leaders, Oct. 2010 and 2011, Fossils of the Black Belt: a Hands-on Fossil Workshop for Teachers.

Rindsberg, A. K., 2011, Ringgold Gap, Georgia: a classic locality for Ordovician and Silurian trace fossils: invited talk, Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A. J., 2010, The bioprint of burrowing Paleozoic arthropods: Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Baltimore, Maryland.

Other recent notable work:

Herr, L. A., and Rindsberg, A. K., Jan.-Mar. 2012, Painted Wings: Southern Butterflies: photographic exhibition, University of West Alabama.

Buta, R.J., Rindsberg, A.K. & Kopaska-Merkel, D.C., eds., 2005, Pennsylvanian Footprints in the Black Warrior Basin of Alabama: Alabama Paleontological Society, Monograph no. 1, 392 pp. Contents: http://kudzu.astr.ua.edu/apsmono1/monointro.pdf

Additional Information:

Interested in Independent Research on butterflies? Sign up for the UWA Butterfly Survey!

WWW Links:

Center for the Study of the Black Belt http://www.centerforblackbelt.org/
National Association of Geoscience Teachers, SE Section
http://facstaff.gpc.edu/~pgore/nagt/se-home.html
Life Traces of the Georgia Coast
http://www.georgialifetraces.com/
Palaeontologia Electronica
http://palaeo-electronica.org/
Alabama Paleontological Society
http://www.alabamapaleo.org/Alabama_Paleontological_Society.html
Birmingham Paleontological Society
http://bps-al.org/
Butterflies and Moths of North America
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/

North American Butterfly Association http://www.naba.org/

Find some of my papers on:

Academia.edu https://www.academia.edu/

ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/home.Home.html