Our Lab & Our Team

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THE PALEONTOLOGY & GEOLOGY RESEARCH LABORATORY

at The Nature Research Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina

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We are one of the premier centers for paleontological research in the southeastern US.  Our team of paleontologists, students, and volunteers conduct annual expeditions to collect dinosaur and other vertebrate fossils from multiple field sites across North Carolina, the southwestern USA, and abroad.  We also serve as a science communication hub, bringing our research and expeditions live from the field through our blogs, photos, and videos RIGHT HERE at http://www.expeditionlive.org.

We are committed to sharing our science.  Our glass-walled lab is on exhibit to more than one million visitors a year, putting active research on display.  Our staff and students give behind-the-scenes tours to thousands of people annually and “Meet -The – Scientist” talks live in the Daily Planet Theater at the NRC weekly.  We also live stream back to the museum from the field to give you real time updates on our expeditions.  You can check the museum’s Daily Planet schedule HERE.

Come interact with us!

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In 2013 we were part of a multi-institutional team awarded a Math & Science Partnership grant from the National Science Foundation to develop discovery-based lesson plans for middle school students and public science projects from our research.  You can learn more about Students Discover, our partners, and our fabulous teachers HERE.

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Who are we? Learn about our staff

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Dr. Z.
Lindsay “the Harpoon” Zanno Ph.D.

Director, Paleontology & Geology Research Laboratory,
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University

specializes in theropod dinosaur evolution, paleobiology, & ecomorphology

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Terry “Bucky” Gates Ph.D.

Chief Research Fellow Citizen Science, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Research Faculty, Department of Biology, North Carolina State University

specializes in duckbill dinosaur evolution, paleobiogeography, & taphonomy

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Paul “Chronicle” Brinkman Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Paleontology & Geology Research Laboratory, Nature Research Center
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

specializes in history of paleontology & geology, paleontology fieldwork, & fossil preparation

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Lisa “Brother Beware” Herzog M.A.

Assistant Lab Manager, Paleontology & Geology Research Laboratory, Nature Research Center
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

specializes in fossil preparation/conservation, paleontology fieldwork, & sociology

WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE LAB?

The fossils we bring back from our field expeditions are removed from their plaster jackets and prepared live in the Paleontology and Geology Research Lab at the NRC. If you visit the lab you can observe Lisa, Paul, and our volunteers hard at work preparing our newly collected fossils for scientific research.

The lab staff posts blogs about fossil preparation and other cool lab projects HERE.

 

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