Our Expeditions and Excavations
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.
Ocean Exploration Trust staff aboard E/V Nautilus, Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary; retrieving the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) after a dive.
Sampling invertebrates from pier pilings for identification and DNA sequencing, at Malibu Pier.
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.
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 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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Check out some of the sites our researchers visited last year.