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Tuesday,September 6, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Nicole Peavey, the Colorado Department of Transportation Staff Paleontologist
An Introduction to Colorado's Transportation Paleontology Program
When Nicole Peavey, the Colorado Department of Transportation Staff Paleontologist,
tells friends and family what she does, the most common response is "Cool!" and the second most common response is
"Why does CDOT need a paleontologist?" Of course, Colorado's combination of high-relief terrain and fossil-rich rock
formations create an excellent environment for fossil recovery in its roadsides. But odd combinations of state and federal regulations, along with the relative youth of the field of mitigation paleontology, can create confusion about paleontology's place in environmental policy. State and federal agencies, road maintenance crews,
museum specialists, and avocational paleo enthusiasts all have a role to play in protecting and preserving Colorado's fossils.
Dr. Nicole Peavey took over the Paleontological Resources program at the Colorado Department of Transportation in late 2013,
only a few weeks after defending her dissertation on late Silurian and early Devonian conodonts--none of which occur in Colorado!
(Fortunately she loves learning new things!) She obtained her PhD from Texas Tech University, her Master's degree from Fort Hays State University, and her Bachelor's from Whitman College. When not immersed in
paleontology, Nicole spends time with her husband and their retired greyhound, practices Aikido,
and reads anything from biographies to comic books.