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, research, excavation stories, or favorite food in the field!
During this talk, attendees will meet Museum paleontologists Luis M. Chiappe, Senior Vice President of Research and Collections and Gretchen Augustyn Director of the Dinosaur Institute, along with Associate Curator of the Dinosaur Institute, Dr. Nathan Smith. They will share more about their journey into paleontology, excavation stories, and more about the museum’s fossil collection 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 in Zoom:
- Open Zoom; once in you will see a button for ‘Interpretation’ on the bottom right of the screen.
- Click the button and choose: ‘Spanish’.
- If you’d prefer for original audio be be muted, choose the ‘Interpretation’ button again and select ‘Mute Original Audio’
Luis M. Chiappe, Senior VP, Research & Collections and Gretchen Augustyn Director, Dinosaur Institute
Dr. Chiappe oversees the research programs of more than 25 PhD scientists and the vast collections of NHMLAC. A vertebrate paleontologist and the Gretchen Augustyn Director of the Dinosaur Institute, he has conducted extensive research on the evolution of dinosaurs, particularly on their evolutionary connection with birds. Dr. Chiappe’s research has been published in nearly 200 scholarly articles, he’s also the author of Walking on Eggs, Glorified Dinosaurs, and Birds of Stone. He is a J. S. Guggenheim Fellow, a Humboldt Awardee, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Adjunct Professor at USC.
Dr. Nathan Smith, Associate Curator of the Dinosaur Institute
Dr. Nathan Smith supervises the Dinosaur Institute staff and conducts research in support of NHM programs. He holds a B.A. from Augustana College, M.S. from the University of Iowa, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Nate was a professor at Howard University before joining NHM in 2015. Fieldwork has taken Nate to Antarctica, Argentina, China, and the western USA. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, and focuses on the evolution of Triassic–Jurassic dinosaurs and the application of comparative methods to broad questions in paleontology. Nate's Antarctic field program is featured in the 3-D IMAX® movie, “Dinosaurs of Antarctica”.
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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