Our Expeditions and Excavations

Shackleton Glacier camp and Cumulus Hills in Antarctica

Where do our collections come from?

Sometimes they come from our own expeditions and exploration—whether on the most distant continents or in our own backyard.

Our researchers venture out into the field to dig up fossils, find new species, observe animals, and study this fascinating planet.

Featured Expeditions

Ocean Exploration Trust staff aboard E/V Nautilus, Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary

Dean Pentcheff

Ocean Exploration Trust staff aboard E/V Nautilus, Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary; retrieving the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) after a dive.

Malibu Pier BioBlitz

Kelsey Bailey

Sampling invertebrates from pier pilings for identification and DNA sequencing, at Malibu Pier.

Dr Brian Brown netting a stingless bee in Zurqui de Moravia in Costa Rica

Dr. Brian Brown during Diptera Blitz, an NSF-funded inventory project on flies (Diptera) in a Costa Rican cloud forest.

Ghost Ranch New Mexico Nate Smith Expedition

Collecting Late Triassic dinosaur fossils in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

Marine survey at Pt. Fermin San Pedro

Dean Pentcheff

Intertidal long-term biodiversity survey and collecting invertebrates at Pt. Fermin, San Pedro.

"Wild Tar Pit" found in Trinidad during BREAS (Bridging Research & Education at Asphaltic Sites) excursion

Aisling Farrell

BREAS (Bridging Research & Education at Asphaltic Sites) expedition to build capacity, develop local research projects, locate historic fossil sites in asphalt, and try to open new excavation sites. On a trip to Trinidad, the team came to this 'wild tar pit'. This is a great example of an asphalt seep that has not been altered by human activity.

An international team of paleontologists assembled at the University of Piura in Northern Peru

Jean-Noel Martinez

An international team of paleontologists assembled at the University of Piura in Northern Peru to teach and share knowledge about vertebrate paleontology. This included a field trip to the historic fossil site at Talara, where thousands of late-Pleistocene fossils have been recovered. The team hopes to return to excavate this site.

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Ocean Exploration Trust staff aboard E/V Nautilus, Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary; retrieving the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) after a dive.

Dean Pentcheff

Sampling invertebrates from pier pilings for identification and DNA sequencing, at Malibu Pier.

Kelsey Bailey

Dr. Brian Brown during Diptera Blitz, an NSF-funded inventory project on flies (Diptera) in a Costa Rican cloud forest.

Collecting Late Triassic dinosaur fossils in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

Intertidal long-term biodiversity survey and collecting invertebrates at Pt. Fermin, San Pedro.

Dean Pentcheff

BREAS (Bridging Research & Education at Asphaltic Sites) expedition to build capacity, develop local research projects, locate historic fossil sites in asphalt, and try to open new excavation sites. On a trip to Trinidad, the team came to this 'wild tar pit'. This is a great example of an asphalt seep that has not been altered by human activity.

Aisling Farrell

An international team of paleontologists assembled at the University of Piura in Northern Peru to teach and share knowledge about vertebrate paleontology. This included a field trip to the historic fossil site at Talara, where thousands of late-Pleistocene fossils have been recovered. The team hopes to return to excavate this site.

Jean-Noel Martinez

Rio Guatemala Mammal site expedition in Puerto Rico
A team of international paleontologists search for marine and terrestrial mammals and reptiles in northwestern Puerto Rico. The sediments and fossils found here were deposited in a shallow marine environment around 29 to 27 million years ago.

Check out some of the sites our researchers visited last year.