Brandon is a vertebrate paleontologist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Peecook’s research focuses on land-living vertebrate animal communities from the Permian and Triassic; among those animals are the earliest known relatives of the dinosaurs. In 2015, he published the first account of a non-avian dinosaur from Washington, welcoming the evergreen state as the 37th member of the dinosaur club. Outside his academic work he spends his time doing public outreach in Chicago, and through the Burke Museum at the University of Washington (especially with the DIG Field School). As a child Peecook loved the outdoors and his dinosaurs, and it was when he was in middle school that he first began to understand the explanatory power of evolution. “You mean evolution connects the dinosaurs in my books with the woods in my yard?!” He’s never looked back.