Alton Dooley

Alton Dooley

B.A., Geology, Carleton College Ph.D., Geology, Louisiana State University

Executive Director of the Western Science Center


Published on Mar 27, 2019

So, here's what we did...

We discovered a new species of mastodon!If you've followed our lab notes over the last several years, you've seen that as we accumulated more and more data from our project, California mastodons st...

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Published on Mar 22, 2019

Remember me?

It has been more than a year since my last post, but it has been a year well spent. Our research project has finally come to fruition, a manuscript has been submitted and accepted, and will be offi...

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Published on Nov 26, 2017

Almost there...

It’s been several months since I posted an update, and quite a lot has happened in that time. In August the Western Science Center hosted the Valley of the Mastodons Symposium and Exhibit. A group ...

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Published on Jul 13, 2017

Two more museums

Over the last two weeks, in addition to preparations for the upcoming Valley of the Mastodons exhibit and workshop, I also found the time to visit two more museum collections. First was the Santa B...

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Published on Jun 28, 2017

More specimens, and a new exhibit

I apologize for the lack of updates. But I promise it's not due to lack of activity, but rather because of an excess. So we have lots of new things to report!First, back in March I made a brief tri...

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Published on Mar 20, 2017

Filling in the Pacific Northwest

After obtaining measurements a few weeks ago from Alaska and Yukon mastodon teeth, it became clear that it would be necessary to examine additional specimens from the Pacific coast states. All of t...

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Published on Feb 22, 2017

WAVP meeting, and some new teeth

Last Saturday I attended the annual Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Prescott, AZ, where I presented an update on the Mastodons of Unusual Size project. The...

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Published on Dec 20, 2016

A mystery tooth

During our Mastodons of Unusual Size road trip, we examined a large amount of material that couldn't be included in our dataset. In most cases this was because the teeth were too da...

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Published on Nov 11, 2016

SVP roundup

After returning from the SVP meeting I was tied up working on the museum's 2017 budget, but now I have a chance to give a brief report.At SVP poster sessions, the posters are groupe...

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Reply to:Cindy WuCindy Wu
I included an exclamation point! Thanks so much for you support. The outcome really was a huge surprise to us, but that's one of the joys of science; you never know what you might find.
Thanks some much, and Im really glad you enjoyed your visit to WSC!
Reply to:Cindy WuCindy Wu
Thanks! I should have another up next week, after we get feedback at the SVP meeting.