Member’s Night 2019

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Thank you to our members!

Burpee Museum relies on the support of an amazing group of museum members that support our programming and research all year.  In addition to membership perks such as free general admission all year, discounts on all classes, and discounts at the gift shop, members have an exclusive invitation to this very special reception as we kick off PaleoFest 2019.

Member Reception:  March 1st 2019


6:00pm:  Hors d’oeuvre & Refreshments

7:00pm: Special Presentation

Talk by: Joshua Mathews

Joshua Mathews, PhD Candidate, Northern Illinois University

“Two Decades of Digging: From Morrison to Hell Creek-What has the Burpee been up to and where is it heading?”

Josh is the Engelhardt-Moore Director of Paleontology here at the Burpee Museum and a PhD Candidate in Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University. He received Bachelors degrees in Biology and Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2003 where he studied invertebrate paleoecology of Mississipian and Pennsylvanian deposits in Illinois. In 2004, Josh started volunteering in the fossil prep lab at Burpee and has been part of the Burpee family ever since. In the summer of 2005, he joined the Burpee expedition to southeast Montana that led to the discovery of the sub-adult Triceratops, Homer. While excavating the site the following summer, the team realized they had multiple specimens in the quarry, which was a first of its kind. The Homer Site became the focus of Josh’s Master’s thesis at NIU. Upon completion of the Homer project, he accepted the position of Chief Fossil Preparator and Research Assistant to Dr. William Hammer in the Geology Department at Augustana College. While at Augustana, Josh was part of the Transantarctic Vertebrate Paleontology Project and was part of an expedition to search for dinosaurs in Antarctica in the winter of 2010/2011. The fossils collected during this expedition were brought back to Augustana College where he worked on removing the remains from the rock in his prep lab. In 2014, he left his position at Augustana and returned to NIU to pursue his PhD in the Department of Biological Sciences. As a PhD student working for Dr. Karen Samonds, he spent two field seasons searching and excavating fossils in Cenozoic deposits in Madagascar. For his doctoral research, he is studying the biostratigraphy of the Hell Creek Formation in Carter County, Montana and documenting faunal change throughout the formation up to and across the K/Pg boundary.

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