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Department and PaleoServices Staff

Thomas A. Deméré, Ph. D.
Curator, Department of Paleontology
Director, PaleoServices

Nicolle Anderson
Lead Fossil Preparator

Richard A. Cerutti;
Paleontological Specialist III

John L. Pfanner
Paleontological Specialist III

Christopher S. Plouffe
Paleontological Specialist II

Kesler A. Randall
Collections Manager - Fossil Vertebrates

Bradford O. Riney
Paleontological Specialist III

Mark A. Roeder
Curatorial Assistant

Patrick J. Sena
Paleontological Specialist III

Sarah A. Siren
Paleontological Field Manager

Melissa K. Soetaert
Office/Curatorial Manager

Donald R. Swanson
Paleontological Specialist II

Stephen L. Walsh, deceased

Research Associates

Dr. J. David Archibald
Department of Biology
San Diego State University

Dr. Annalisa Berta
Department of Biology
San Diego State University

Dr. Michelangelo Bisconti
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra
Università di Pisa

Ian D. Browne
Oklahoma State University
Center For Health Science

Dr. Robert Chandler
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA

Dr. Paul C. Murphey
SWCA Environmental Consultants, Intermountain West
Rocky Mountain Paleontology

Dr. Donald R. Prothero
Department of Geology
Occidental College

Dr. Hugh M. Wagner
San Diego, CA

Dr. Eric Ekdale
Department of Biology
San Diego State University

Departmental Associates

Patricia Don Vito
San Diego, CA

Carol Stadum
Carlsbad, CA


Volunteers in the Paleontology Department assist with many tasks associated with maintaining the extensive collection. This includes fossil preparation, numbering fossil invertebrates, micropicking for hidden treasures, organizing the collection, and entering records in the Department's database, and checking the collection for pest activity. If you are interested in this or other volunteer opportunities, please complete an online application. The Director of Volunteers will contact you to schedule an interview or invite you to an orientation.