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Hiep measuring specimens using BFIP images and computer-based analytical softwareHiep Nguyen's UCMP undergraduate research experience: "Scentless in Nevada"
May 4, 2016

This past year, I’ve been working with UCMP Senior Museum Scientist Diane M. Erwin to identify a new fossil species of scentless plant bug (family Rhopalidae) from a Miocene lakebed deposit in Stewart Valley, Nevada. The study developed as a result of my participation as an Undergraduate Research Apprentice (URAP) in UC Berkeley’s Fossil Insect […]

san-nicolas-ileTerraces through time: Reconstructing fossil beaches in southern California
April 15, 2016

Graduate student Emily Orzechowski writes about her research on San Nicolas Island, the most remote of California’s eight Channel Islands.

Meschelle Thatcher (left) examining the uncatalogued McKittrick bulk asphalt samples for beetle remains and her finds (right).Meschelle Thatcher’s UCMP undergraduate research experience: Beetles in Brea!
April 8, 2016

As an English major, I didn’t really know what to expect when I first started my URAP (Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program) appointment for the UC Museum of Paleontology Fossil Insect PEN (Partner to an Existing Network) funded by the National Science Foundation. All I knew was that I’d be handling fossils, and that struck the […]

Mrs. Charles Camp and her son, Charles Camp Jr., in South Africa (1947-48). Photo by Tesla MonsonOur journey from the UCMP to South Africa to study fossil monkeys
February 29, 2016

UCMP students Marianne Brasil and Tesla Monson share their experiences on their research trip to South Africa.

Million Alameyeho & Samuel Getachew (Addis Ababa U.) and Tadesse Berhanu (Oklahoma State U,) with local school kidsA first: Sauropod bones found in Ethiopia!
February 5, 2016

Assistant Director Mark Goodwin and his project collaborators (see Feb. 1 blog post) made a surprising discovery while collecting microvertebrates, turtles, and fish.  Within a small area of exposure in the Late Jurassic Agula Shale in the Tigray Province, just south of Mekele, Ethiopia, were the first sauropod dinosaurs ever reported from Ethiopia! The team […]

Tony and Liz by billboard advertising the movie Demain, in Paris.Solutions to climate change inspire French film
February 4, 2016

In December 2015 UCMP faculty curator Tony Barnosky and Stanford paleoecologist Liz Hadly attended The United Nations Conference on Climate Change to premiere a movie opening in Paris. The movie, Demain, was inspired by the 21-authored study that produced a 2012 Nature paper on tipping points. The film opens with Tony and Liz summarizing global change […]

industryThe Anthropocene has come of age
February 3, 2016

Research by Faculty Curator and Professor Tony Barnosky and the Anthropocene Working Group continues to support the strong need for designating a distinct geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

Group pic at the top of the flood basalts that cap the steep sided canyons of the Blue Nile Gorge, near Fiche, Ethiopia.  From L to R:  Tadesse Berhanu (PhD student, Oklahoma State); Connie Rasmussin (PhD student, Utah); Keegan Melstrom, PhD student, Utah); Randy Irmis (Utah); Greg Wilson (Washington); Mark Goodwin (UCMP); Dave Demar (Postdoc, Washington); Million Mengesha and Samuel   (Earth Sciences Dept., Addis Ababa University).Assistant director reunites with UCMP alumni in Ethiopia to investigate Mesozoic ecosystems
February 1, 2016

Assistant director Mark Goodwin is in Ethiopia for several weeks as part of a collaborative project with UCMP alums Greg Wilson (University of Washington) and Randall Irmis (Utah). Together with colleagues from the University of Oklahoma, Addis Ababa University, and Mekelle University in Ethiopia, the team is investigating non-marine Mesozoic ecosystems from the Northwestern Plateau, Ethiopia.

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