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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. Sabry Hanna, Geologist

Dr. Sabry Hanna, Geologist
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Dr. Sabry Hanna, Geologist

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  • Ph.D., Cairo Univeristy (Egypt)
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Geology is the study of Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them.  An important part of geology is the study of how Earth's materials, structures, processes and organisms have changed over time.

Dr. Joanna Kovarik, Geologist / Speleologist 

Dr. Joanna Kovarik, Geologist / Speleologist
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Dr. Joanna Kovarik, Geologist / Speleologist

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  • Ph.D., University of South Florida
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A speleologist is a scientist who studies caves and the environments in which caves occur.  Speleologists come from a diversity of educational backgrounds.  My background is hydrogeology and geography.

Jenna Padilla, Geologist

Jenna Padilla, Geologist
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Jenna Padilla, Geologist

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  • B.S., University of New Mexico
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A geologist for the Forest Service conducts studies and investigations on projects where minerals and geology impact the development or management of the forest resources (e.g., trees, range land, soil, water systems, wildlife). Geologists also manage material projects that are conducted on public lands and mitigate Abandoned Mine Land features.

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.