The application period for the NPS-PS Paleontology in the Parks Fellowship Program is now open!

Below is the first project advertised for 2022. Three more projects focused on paleobotany will be advertised in September 2022. To read about the pilot projects in progress and development of this program, see here. Please email the program chair with any questions. Join us online to learn more about the program, preparing your application, and upcoming opportunities at a virtual Q & A event on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 4pm Eastern Time. Register to attend online here!

Title of Project: Paleontological Resources in Coastal & Shoreline National Parks

Priority Application Deadline: July 31, 2022

Start Date: September 2022

Project Description: The National Park Service (NPS) and Paleontological Society (PS) are partnering to inventory and evaluate fossils which occur in coastal and shoreline national parks. The two primary objectives of this project include: 1) compile baseline paleontological resource data on the scope, significance, distribution, and management issues associated with fossils preserved in NPS coastal and shoreline environments; and, 2) to assess how coastal and shoreline processes influence the stability and condition of in situ fossils as they are exposed or lost through these processes. This important project is intended to help inform NPS staff in the management of non-renewable paleontological resources in coastal and shoreline areas within parks. A mentor-student pair is being recruited to help support a team of paleontologists and geologists involved with research and development of a report addressing "Fossils and Their Management in Coastal and Shoreline National Parks". The student selected for this fellowship will focus primarily on research and compilation of existing fossil information for parks identified with these resources. The work for this fellowship can be done remotely; no in-park fieldwork is anticipated for this project. The student fellow and mentor will participate in regular planning calls with the project team and take the lead on specific research and writing tasks. The applicant should have an educational background and experience related to geology and paleontology. Additionally, the applicant should possess good research and writing skills. The fellowship stipend for this project is $5000.