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Paleontology goes well beyond dinosaurs! It is a dynamic science that seeks to uncover the history of all life on Earth. Paleontologists examine multiple lines of evidence that provide clues to that history, including fossils and how they are formed and preserved, stratigraphy, biogeography, histology, and chemistry. So being a paleontologist means many things. Here you will meet a variety of paleontologists and learn about what they do and why they enjoy their work.

Find additional profiles of vertebrate paleontologists on the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology website.

Charles Marshall
Dr. Charles Marshall is a paleobiologist, Professor in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
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Caroline Strömberg
Dr. Caroline Strömberg is currently the Estella B. Leopold Assistant Professor in the Biology Department and Curator of Paleobotany in the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, at the University of Washington, Seattle.
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Karen Chin
Dr. Karen Chin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado and Curator of Paleontology at the University's Museum of Natural History.
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Dena Smith
Dr. Dena Smith is an Associate Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the University's Natural History Museum.
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Karen Carr
Karen Carr is a wildlife and natural history artist specializing in digital painting whose work has appeared in publications, zoos, museums and parks across the United States, Japan and Europe.
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Brian Platt
Brian Platt is a Ph.D. candidate in the Geology Department at the University of Kansas (KU).
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Warren Allmon
Dr. Warren Allmon is Director of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) and its Museum of the Earth (MotE), both in Ithaca, New York.
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Linda Ivany
Dr. Linda Ivany is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University specializing in evolutionary paleoecology and paleoclimatology.
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Keith Miller
Keith Miller is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at Kansas State University.
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Leif Tapanila
Leif Tapanila is an Associate Professor with the Department of Geosciences at Idaho State University and also serves as Curator of Geology at the Idaho Museum of Natural History.
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Shanan Peters
Dr. Shanan Peters is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Rowan Lockwood
Dr. Rowan Lockwood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and is Program Coordinator (2007 to present) of the Paleontological Society.
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Peter Crane
Sir Peter Crane FRS is a paleobotanist and Professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago.
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David Krause
David Krause is Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences, Department of Geosciences, and Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences at Stony Brook University, New York, and Research Associate of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.
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Catherine Badgley
Interview with Dr. Catherine Badgley, a research scientist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan and President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
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