Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, Cripps has a background in special effects makeup and photography. With a childhood love of dinosaurs, Robert Cripps began as a volunteer for the Dinosaur Institute and was quickly hired as a paleontological preparator. Drawing on his background, Cripps greatly contributed to the new hall by photographing many of the specimens used in the interactive fossil wall and preparing many of the specimens on display.
He has always held a strong appreciation for the earth sciences, and enjoys working as a team player in this fascinating department. For Cripps, everyday yields a high degree of satisfaction from being involved in such important work at one of North America's finest museums.