In August 2012, I traveled with Dan Fisher and three other students from his lab to Siberia, where we collected mammoth teeth that, along with many other fossils, are melting out of Pleistocene permafrost. I got to experience a small slice of life in the Sakha Republic, meet some great people, and take in the beauty of the tundra along the coast of the Arctic. Our trip was wildly successful, collecting over 100 specimens of mammoth teeth and gathering data on multiple tusks while documenting sites that could prove to be important sources of new material for future expeditions to the region.
I've had multiple opportunities to get out into the field during my education, and I relish spending time learning about evolution, geology, and the history of Earth from the best course materials that exist - nature and the rock record themselves. From the introductory geology class that ignited my interest in fieldwork to the intensive mapping class that had me breaking rocks all over Wyoming, and even to activities as diverse as catching and dissecting fish to study their parasites, my field experiences have been an integral part of my training in the fields of paleontology and evolutionary biology.