Dr. Pat Druckenmiller climbing to a dinosaur track site.

Dr. Pat Druckenmiller

Curator of Earth Science
Associate Professor of Geology, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Office: (907) 474-6954

Pat Druckenmiller is a vertebrate paleontologist with a research emphasis on Mesozoic marine reptiles (particularly plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs) and dinosaurs of Alaska. He became the Earth Sciences Curator in 2007 after moving up from Montana. Pat has conducted paleontological fieldwork across much of the western US and Canada and has active field sites across Alaska, including the southeastern panhandle, the Alaska Peninsula, the North Slope, and several locations in between.

Graduate students

Hirotsugu Mori working at the imaging station.

Katherine L. Anderson

Collection Manager
Lab: (907) 474-7862

B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Paleontology Minor, University of Michigan, 2012
Ph.D. candidate, Geology

Preliminary thesis title: Paleobiology of ichthyosaurs: using osteohistology to test hypotheses of growth rates and metabolism in a clade of secondarily aquatic marine tetrapods.

Eric Metz holding a thalattosaur vertebra (back bone).

Eric Tyler Metz

B.S. Geology, Paleontology Option, Montana State University, 2014
B.S. Secondary Education, Science Broad Field, Montana State University, 2014
M.S. student, Geosciences

Preliminary thesis title: A new thalattosauriform from the Brisbois Formation (Carnian) of Oregon

Dustin Stewart posing with a dinosaur (bird) leg

Dustin Stewart

B.S. Geology, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
M.S. student, Geosciences

Preliminary thesis title: coming soon!

Undergraduate students and volunteers

Noah Boone
A.A.S. student, Information Technology
Volunteer (3D scanning and printing)

Camille Heninger
B.S. student, Geosciences

Thomas Sniezak
B.S. student, Geosciences and Biology

Emily VanNortwick
B.A. student, Earth Science

Student employees and volunteers during our 2015 Halloween open house.
Student employees and volunteers during our 2015 Halloween open house.
Summer 2015 interns Eliza and Heather preparing dinosaur bones.
Summer 2015 interns Eliza and Heather preparing dinosaur bones.

Past staff and graduate students

Danielle during Research Day.
Photo by Rick Hayes.

Danielle Serratos

B.S. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, 2011
M.S. Geology

Thesis: Description, Taphonomy, and Geology of an elasmosaur (Reptilia: Plesiosauroidea) from the Bearpaw Shale, Montana.

Dissertation defense May 1, 2015.

Julie Rousseau at Janusfjellet.

Julie Rousseau

Collection Manager, April 2012 - April 2015

Julie has been involved in paleontology fieldwork since her undergraduate years. She slowly made her way up North, from southern Canada to arctic Norway, before joining the Museum of the North in April 2012.

Research Interests
Mesozoic echinoderms, high-latitude paleontology, taphonomy, biogeography.

B.S. Biology Major, Anthropology Minor, McGill University, 2008.
M.S. Paleontology, University of Oslo, 2011.
Thesis: A Late Jurassic Boreal echinoderm Lagerstätte from Janusfjellet, central Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway.

Rousseau, Julie and Nakrem, Hans Arne. 2012. An Upper Jurassic Boreal echinoderm Lagerstätte from Janusfjellet, central Spitsbergen. Norwegian Journal of Geology 92: 133-161. Find article.

Hirotsugu Mori working at the imaging station.

Hirotsugu Mori

Ph.D., Geology
Dissertation defense March 6, 2014.

Thesis: Osteology, Relationships and Paleoecology of a new Arctis Hadrosaurid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Prince Creek Formation of Northern Alaska.

Kevin P. Stack
M.S. Geology, 2012
Thesis title: Taphonomy and phylogenetic relationships of the Talkeetna Mountains hadrosaur.


Past students and volunteers

Heather MacFarlane
B.A. linguistics, May 2015, Reed College.
Summer 2015, Summer 2016 Curatorial Intern

Eliza Rorabaugh
B.A. Geosciences and Art History, Williams College, MA, 2016.
Summer 2015, Summer 2016 Curatorial Intern

Meghan Shay
B.S. student, Geosciences: Paleontology Option
Student employee (databasing)

Lydia Johnson
B.S. Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
Employee (databasing and fossil prep)

Bobby Ebelhar
B.S. student, Geosciences
Student employee (databasing) and volunteer (fossil preparation)

Larry Pallozzi
B.A. Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Employee (fossil prep)

Jacob Van Veldhuizen
B.S. Geology, UAF, 2009.
M.S. Vertebrate Paleontology, Texas Tech University, 2013.
Volunteer (fossil preparation)

Michelle Sutton
B.S. student, Wildlife Biology
Student employee (databasing)

Nicole Warner
B.S. student
Volunteer (fossil preparation)

Erica Blake
B.S. Geology, 2012
Undergraduate research project (Spring 2012): Mapping Pleistocene fossil vertebrate in the CRREL Permafrost Tunnel in Fox, Alaska.

Emma Boone
B.S. Biology
Museum Research Apprenticeship (MRAP)
Volunteer (Field work and fossil preparation)

Alex Edgar
B.S. Geology, 2013
Brina Kessel Excellence in Science Award 2013
Research Experience for Undergraduate (NSF-REU) intern
Undergraduate Research project (Fall 2012): Photo Atlas of Dinosaur Tracks from the Nanushuk Formation.
Student employee (fossil preparation)

Hannah Foss
B.F.A. Computer Arts, 2013
2012-2013 Helen Walker Memorial Fund and Patricia A. Davis Memorial Scholarship
Student employee (databasing, paleontological art)

Emily Jones
B.S. student, Geology
Volunteer (fossil preparation)

Sara Klingensmith
B.S. Biology, 2013
Volunteer (fossil preparation)

Meg O'Connor
B.S. student, Geosciences, Williams College, MA
Summer intern, 2013

Rebecca Parrish
B.S. Geology, 2013
UAF Outstanding Graduate Award, Geology 2013
Student employee (databasing)

John Scott
B.S. Biology and Geology, 2012
Undergraduate research project (Spring 2012): Microfossil extraction techniques and micropaleoecology of the CREEL permafrost tunnel in Fox, Alaska.

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