I grew up in rural South Dakota, completed my B.Sc. in Geology at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and received my Ph.D. in Anatomical Sciences from Stony Brook University. Since 2008, I have been a museum curator and educator at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools. Here, I engage high school students (and non-students) in the science of paleontology, through teaching high school classes, taking students into the field, and engaging in collaborative research projects with them. My research interests and publications focus on continental ecosystems of the Cretaceous in North America, primarily dealing with documentation of fossil vertebrate diversity. I am also interested in how (relatively) new forms of communication can be applied in paleontology. I serve as a volunteer editor for two open access journals, keep an active social media presence, and maintain keen interests in the logistics, ethics, and possibilities of 3D digital data for our field.
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