The Discoveries in Geosciences Field School (DIG) is a unique, nonprofit program from the University of Washington’s Burke Museum, created by UW / Burke paleontologists Dr. Greg Wilson and Lauren Berg DeBey.
Greg Wilson, PhD is the Director of the DIG and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Burke Museum, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. He is also a Research Associate at the University of California Museum of Paleontology, and was a Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He has been published in a number of prestigious scientific journals including Nature, Science, Geological Society of America Special Papers, Paleobiology, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, and Scientific Reports and has appeared in on-line reporting for the Huffington Post for his work in Hell Creek, Montana as well as Nature Podcasts and Science Daily. His research has been funded by a number of organizations including the National Geographic Society, NSF, USDA Forest Service, the American Philosophical Society, and the Paleontological Society.
Greg is also involved in the community and is currently mentoring for Seattle Pacific University, and is a scientific expert/consultant for “A New Prehistory” — a documentary trilogy focused on key events in the evolutionary history of life from St. Thomas Productions. Greg attended Stanford University as an undergraduate and received his PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Helsinki in 2005.
Brody Hovatter is the Assistant Director of the DIG and manager of the Wilson Paleontology Lab at the University of Washington. In addition to serving as Assistant Director, he has been an instructor for the program since 2014. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Washington in 2014. His research in the Wilson Lab focuses on fossil mammals from northeastern Montana, for which he has received funding from the Mary Gates Endowment as well as departmental awards within the Biology Department. He has presented his research at numerous conferences, including the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Washington. Brody has loved teaching since an early age, and has served as a research mentor or co-mentor for numerous undergraduate students at the University of Washington. He also enjoys participating in local scientific outreach, and has served as a tutor for many middle school and high school students in the Seattle area.
Our DIG Field School Instructors comprise a diverse group of university professors, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and postbaccalaureates from many different institutions including the University of Washington, University of California, University of Chicago, University of Alabama, and more. These instructors bring their passion for paleontology and teaching every summer and are an invaluable part of the program.