I try to understand past ecosystems on a fine scale, examining the distribution and development of animals in order to better understand how evolution works.
I got started in paleontology in high school, where I was lucky enough to work on the excavation of New York State's most complete mastodon, discovered near my hometown.
Getting hands-on experience with fossils is what hooked me on science and paleontology, and I want to provide that opportunity to students today through this campaign.
Getting to work on this project is a dream come true - there are several huge bonebeds in the Morrison Formation of the USA (the layer of rock that we are digging in for this campaign), but most were excavated before modern techniques were developed, and much data about those quarries was never collected or lost. Modern paleontological techniques allow us to gather data about the life and death of a given dinosaur individual in unprecedented detail, and that's what excites me so much about this project!