PALEONTOLOGICAL STAFF

Senior Paleontologist, Certified Professional Geologist

Todd A. Wirths has more than 19 years of professional experience as a paleontologist throughout southern California and is a Certified Professional Geologist.  Mr. Wirths has conducted on-site paleontological monitoring, drafted/evaluated RFP responses, work plans, and reports, planned, organized, and implemented projects, and trained and supervised junior staff.  At BFSA, his duties include oversight of construction and development projects for fossil resources, interpretation of site geology during drilling and trenching activities/recovery of fossils, and monitoring of drilling and groundwater/well installation activities throughout San Diego.

 

Mr. Wirths has served as a project manager for various projects throughout San Diego County, including ExxonMobil Oil Corporation remediation activities, BNSF Railway Company groundwater assessment and remediation, and Ultramar/Valero, Inc.; supervised/managed on-site personnel, collected/managed soils, groundwater, and wood samples, wrote reports, and conducted remediation feasibility testing and remedial planning.

George L. Kennedy, PhD

Adjunct Paleontologist

Dr. George L. Kennedy has more than 46 years of experience in the fossil record of southern California and the Pacific Coast region of North America, including associations with the United States Geological Survey (research geologist and paleontologist), the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History (curator of Cenozoic invertebrates), San Diego State University (adjunct professor and director of paleontological collections), and San Diego Paleontological Associates (principal and senior paleontologist).  His responsibilities at BFSA include overseeing the paleontological services program offered by BFSA, including supervision of field monitors, preparators, and curatorial assistants, field collection, fossil identification, and preparation of CEQA-mandated paleontological monitoring and mitigation reports required by local governmental agencies.  Dr. Kennedy has authored or coauthored more than 90 published papers and abstracts on marine invertebrate fossils, systematic studies on marine mollusks (particularly the Bivalvia), paleoecological and paleoclimatic reconstructions, and Quaternary dating techniques (amino acid racemization and uranium-series disequilibria) and their application to marine terrace studies and problems of Quaternary neotectonics (e.g., dating fault activity).  Dr. Kennedy continues his studies with colleagues at the United States Geological Survey (Denver), the Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University, and the paleontology department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.

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