Alabama Museum of Natural History

Natural history museum takes education outdoors

From canoeing and inner tubing down some of northern Alabama’s creeks and rivers to a hands-on fossil hunting excursion, the Alabama Museum of Natural History’s summer programs provide opportunities to get involved, learn and explore the outdoors. Throughout July and early August, the museum will offer adventurers the chance to explore some of the state’s diverse landscape.

Professor dies after illness

After more than 35 years at the University, Douglas E. Jones, professor emeritus of geological sciences and curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Alabama Museum of Natural History, died Friday at 79, after a brief illness. Jones served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1969 to 1984, the director of UA Museums from 1984 to 1997, dean of University Libraries from 1984 to 1986, and acting vice president for academic affairs from 1988 to 1990. Jones was born in Tuscaloosa and graduated from the University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in geology and earned his doctorate degrees in both geology and paleontology from Louisiana State University in 1959. Jones began teaching in the department of geology-geography in 1958 and was later appointed head of the department.