Field Trip Staff | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

View of the Red Rock Canyon exposures.

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2012 Field Trip Staff

The Red Rock Canyon family trip is led by a group of professional vertebrate paleontologists and educators from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Their combined expertise in the geology and paleontology of Red Rock Canyon and in the communication and education of the general public makes this trip a unique experience for children and fossil enthusiasts alike.

Dr. David Whistler, Curator Emeritus, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology
Trip leader and specialist on fossil small mammals, lizards, and snakes. Dave’s pioneering work on the geology and paleontology of Red Rock Canyon has made this area a well-established location for the study of the late Cenozoic (12 to 8 million years ago) of Southern California. In honor of Dave’s lifelong contribution to Red Rock Canyon State Park, a special trail is named in his honor – Whistler Ridge.

Dr. Xiaoming Wang, Curator, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology
Co-leader and specialist on fossil carnivores.

Gary Takeuchi, Curatorial Assistant, Page Museum at the Brea Tar Pits.
Chief organizer of the trip and specialist in the geology and stratigraphy of Red Rock Canyon.

Karen Ewald, Program Manager, Education & Exhibits
Camp Lead 

Laurel Robinson, Manager of Programs, Education & Exhibits
Camp Lead 

Vanessa Vobis, Program Manager, Education & Exhibits
Camp Lead 

Tiffany Saleh, Volunteer Manager, Education & Exhibits

First Aid


Brayden Moore, Gallery Interpreter, Education & Exhibits

Rocio Santoyo,  Gallery Interpreter, Education & Exhibits

Laura Bliss, Gallery Interpreter, Education & Exhibits



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