Suggested for elementary school/family audiences.
Ever wonder what it is like to excavate fossils in the field and how to be there one day? Paleo Chats invite attendees to meet people with field experience and ask them about their journey, excavation stories, or favorite food in the field!
During this talk, attendees will meet Erika Durazo and Valeria Jaramillo, two alumni of Proyecto Dinosaurios (Project Dinosaurs) as they share more about their journey into paleontology with moderator Michelle Barboza, science communicator and professor of geology at California State University, Fullerton.
Spanish interpretation will be available with Zoom registration on mobile devices and PCs (not compatible with Chromebooks).
To enable the Spanish interpretation feature:
- You will see a button for ‘Interpretation’ on the bottom right of the screen.
- Click the button and choose your language
- If you’d prefer for original audio be be muted, choose the ‘Interpretation’ button again and select ‘Mute Original Audio’
Erika Durazo, Senior Preparator for the Dinosaur Institute
As a preparator, Mrs. Durazo conserves Mesozoic fossils and participates in fieldwork. She enjoys sharing her expertise with volunteers, students, and the general public. As one of the first students to participate in an NSF funded internship called Proyecto Dinosaurios, she is passionate about mentoring future students within the program.
Valeria Jaramillo - Graduate student at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Valeria joined NHMLA in 2016 as a Proyecto Dinosaurios intern, a year later she was hired as a fossil preparator with the Dinosaur Institute. While working, she transferred to UC Santa Barbara where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in geology. Currently she is pursuing her PhD at UCLA.
Michelle Barboza, Professor of Geology at California State University, Fullerton and Chaffey College
Michelle Barboza is a Latinx Los Angeles native who studies the history of the earth. Her paleontological research has focused on extinct, land dwelling, plant eating Miocene mammals, and her other projects focus on the need for accessibility & diversity in STEM. Michelle teaches at CSU Fullerton and Chaffey College.
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