Staff of Charleston Fossil Adventures, LLC

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ASHBY GALE
Owner, Paleontologist

The face, primary tour guide, and mastermind behind Charleston Fossil Adventures, LLC is Ashby Gale. Ever since he was in the stroller, Ashby has had a connection with South Carolina's shorelines and the fossils collected along our beaches. Ashby is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he earned a degree in Environmental Science. In 2014, he took a job with SCPRT at Edisto Beach State Park where he curated their collection of Pleistocene vertebrate remains, and became the Park's leading authority on paleontology. From 2014-2020, Ashby worked with his parents to publish A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils, which sold out prior to its publication date. Ashby  has presented at numerous conferences on his research, both regionally and internationally.

TRACY BURLISON
MORPHOLOGIE Silversmith

The silversmith behind CFA's fossil fine art jewelry line "MORPHOLOGIE" is Tracy Burlison. Tracy started out working with polymer clay jewelry in 2000, later transitioning to the torch-wielding art of silversmithing in 2007 after taking private lessons. Her previous work sold in the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC. After a short hiatus, she resumed her metal work in 2018 after a chance conversation with Ashby on Folly Beach, and thus, MORPHOLOGIE was born! Tracy's favorite fossils include a horse tooth that was "playing in the waves" at Folly, a near complete capybara molar, and a piece of bone chewed by a rodent prior to fossilization!

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