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Barb Beasley, Paleontologist

Barb Beasley, Paleontologist
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Barb Beasley, Paleontologist

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  • M.S., Fort Hays State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a paleontologist, I study plants and animals that are preserved in the earth.  Essentially, I am a prehistoric wildlife biologist.

Dr. Michael Fracasso, Paleontologist/Geologist

Dr. Michael Fracasso, Paleontologist/Geologist
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Dr. Michael Fracasso, Paleontologist/Geologist

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  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Paleontologists study fossils, and the rocks in which fossils occur, to understand how ancient organisms lived.  This focus enables paleontologists to document and interpret the history of life on Earth.

Todd Griffin, Geologist

Todd Griffin, Geologist
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Todd Griffin, Geologist

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  • B.S., University of Washington
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A geologist studies Earth, the materials Earth is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them.

Dr. Bruce A. Schumacher, Paleontologist

Dr. Bruce A. Schumacher, Paleontologist
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Dr. Bruce A. Schumacher, Paleontologist

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  • Ph.D., South Dakota School of Mines
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Paleontology is the study of past life on Earth, from single-celled organisms to vertebrate animals.  A paleontologist thinks about the idea of humans on Earth which has geologic layers filled with extinct life forms spanning billions of years.