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Australia 2019

This year, SVP was held in Brisbane, Australia, and I presented a talk about my ongoing research on multi-proxy models and examined how different datasets influence the outcome of the model. Before Brisbane, I went down to Sydney and talked with one of the exhibit staff at the Australian Museum about their Dinosaurs exhibit. The exhibit focuses on Southern Hemisphere and Australian dinosaurs, as well as discussing the various evidence on the transition from dinosaurs to birds and the extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous. Fun fact, there’s even opalized fossils!(https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/australia-over-time/fossils/sites/lightning-ridge/) There was also an exhibit at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Mesozoic marine reptiles! IMG_2653IMG_2655

Once in Brisbane, I went on one of SVP’s shorter field trips, a day-trip around the greater Brisbane area. We learned about some fossil collecting history, walked around a small nature conservatory, and got to collect some plant fossils from the area. I also attended a Women in Paleontology workshop, which discussed problems and potential solutions to barriers for women and other minorities in science, academia, and paleontology.73214484_10220036406410892_5723981371546796032_oDSC_0615

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Israel 2019

In February of 2019, I got the amazing chance to travel to Israel as part of an international research group interested in the nature of science being portrayed in natural history museums. We met in Jerusalem to work on a manuscript introducing the concept and discussing how nature of science could be included in museums. We also visited the Bloomfield Science Center in Jerusalem, the Nature Park and Galleries Open Air Museum on Hebrew University’s campus, and the Steinhardt Natural History Museum in Tel Aviv, which has its own Zoology Museum. At each museum, we got the chance to talk with some of the staff about how they develop their exhibits.

 

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A section of the open-air museum on Hebrew University campus, Jerusalem.
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The Zoological Museum with the Steinhardt Museum in the background.
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The front of the Steinhardt Museum, designed to look like Noah’s Ark.
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An exhibit inside the Steinhardt, showing human impacts on the geography and landscape of Israel.

SVP 2017!

Started the school year off with SVP in Calgary, AB! As always, reconnected with old friends, made some new ones, and generally had a blast!! Also presented my own research and got to hear about other new research over the past year.

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Phoenix Update!

After settling in back home, I’ve begun volunteering at Arizona Museum of Natural History!

I’m working on cataloguing mammal bones that the museum is assimilating from the collection they received from NAU. I’m working on fossils from the Bighorn Cave. Most of the fossils are from Ovis canadensis, or commonly known as bighorn sheep.