DinoByte Wednesday: Meet the DIG Field School Team part 2

Meet the rest of the distinguished 2015 DIG Field School Instructors! And if you missed last week’s post, keep reading below!

Corinna Casey

Corinna Casey

Hi there, my name is Corinna. I am a recent graduate of UCLA with a degree in paleobiology-geology, and an interest in pursuing vertebrate paleontology. I belong to a great research lab at UCLA, and have been working on a project examining the distribution of fossil Canidae (this family includes dogs, wolves, foxes) over their 40 million year history across North America. I’m a southern California native, in my spare time I enjoy going to the beach, gardening, pressing flowers, and backpacking. I am fascinated by natural history and love to identify birds, feathers, fossils, trees, flowers, and rocks and discover the world around me. This will be my fourth year at the Hell Creek field camp and my second year as a DIG staff member. I really enjoy being involved in science outreach, am so excited to be a part of the Dig Field School, and I can’t wait to meet you all!


Alex Brannick just finished up her first year as a graduate student in Dr. Greg Wilson’s lab at UW, and is excited to join the DIG Field School as a staff member! Alex received her B.S. in Geology from Lafayette College in 2012 and her M.S. in Biological Sciences from Marshall University in 2014, where she focused on jaw shape evolution in dire wolves at the Rancho La Brea tar pits. Her current research focuses on identifying and describing Cretaceous metatherian (marsupial) specimens from Egg Mountain (also located in Montana), as well as looking at aspects of their paleobiology. She can hardly wait to meet you all!

Luke Weaver

Luke Weaver was born and raised in Colorado, and is a recent graduate of Colorado State University. While an undergraduate, he studied early Eocene (~55-53 mya) mammals from the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming. He is interested in the evolution of mammalian dentition and in sedimentary geology. He will join the Wilson lab as a graduate student at UW in the fall of 2015. He’s ready to get the summer started!

Dave Grossnickle

Dave Grossnickle

After getting a BA degree in biology from DePauw University, I taught high school biology in Indiana for four years. I then returned to college, completing a MS degree in paleontology at Indiana University. I’m now finishing my second year as a PhD student at the University of Chicago, studying early mammal evolution and vertebrate paleontology. My long-term goal is to teach as a professor at a liberal arts college. This is my third summer of fieldwork in Montana, and my second year of helping with the DIG school. I love all aspects of the fieldwork, and I think the DIG Field School is an amazing program that can have a huge impact on teachers and their students–so I can’t wait to help out again this summer. Besides research and teaching, my other hobbies include basketball, volleyball, hoppy beers, malty beers, and traveling.


Courtney Sprain

I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in both Geology and Geophysics, and a minor in History.  I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley. My thesis encompasses work attempting to refine the timing of events around the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary using both 40Ar/39Ar geochronology and paleomagnetism. This work includes collaborations with Greg Wilson and his students in the Hell Creek region to refine the timing of mammalian faunal decline and recovery around the mass extinction. I am also working in India to obtain high-precision dates for the Deccan Traps, a potential player in the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction. In October I will be getting married in Minnesota.


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