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March 20, 2017
Speaker: Mike Getty, Chief Preparator
Location will be in the Planetarium
Seventeen years of fieldwork in the Kaiparowits Plateau of Utah
Beginning in spring of 2000 I worked together with Dr.'s Scott Sampson and Alan Titus to establish the Kaiparowits Basin paleontology project, designed to locate and collect fossil localities in late cretaceous outcrops of the Kaiparowits Plateau. I began leading field expeditions to the area in the summer of 2000 and continued to do so for the next fourteen years, resulting in extensive fossil collections from the area reposited at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Beginning in 2013 when I joined the team at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Dr. Joe Sertich began the Laramidia research project which includes a significant field component of fieldwork in the Kaiparowits plateau. For the past four years I have worked closely with Dr.'s Sertich, Ian Miller and Tyler Lysen to continue to make significant fossil collections in the Kaiparowits, which are housed at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. My talk will focus on highlights of field work in the Kaiparowits plateau during the past seventeen years, including significant discoveries and logistical challenges of conducting fieldwork in this largely remote wildness area.
I'm originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Where I grew up and received both my undergraduate and Master's degrees in biological and earth sciences. While finishing my MSc. Degree studying the paleoecology of frozen peat bogs in the Yukon, I began my career as a vertebrate paleontology technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, where I worked as the field and lab manager for their facility at Dinosaur Provincial Park from 1995-1999. In 1999 I moved to Salt Lake City where I worked for fourteen years as the paleontology collections manager and chief preparator for the Natural History Museum of Utah. In 2013 I was hired as the chief preparator of paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where I continue to work with an amazing team of curators, support staff and volunteers on an exciting variety of paleontological projects.