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Emily Lessner: Tracking Grand Staircase’s Jurassic Dinosaurs
September 21, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- sturdy hiking shoes
- 2 liters of water
- sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat
Dr. Lessner quickly gave up her dreams of becoming a veterinarian when she realized paleontology was a real career option. She received her undergraduate degrees in biology and geology from Virginia Tech and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Missouri. She spent several summer seasons at Petrified Forest National Park during her undergraduate education, learning about Triassic reptiles. She recently came to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to serve as the seasonal paleontologist for a 6 month term. Her research interests include reconstructing soft tissues and behaviors in extinct animals, digital methods in paleontology, and the geographic distribution of ancient animals.