Cariad Williams, paleontology PhD student
Cariad Williams is pursuing a PhD in entomology at the University of Illinois and is advised by paleontology curator Sam Heads. Read more about her research interests and her path to studying paleontology in this short profile.
Visit from retired ISGS palynologist
We had a special visitor at the PRI Paleo Collection last week—Dr. Russ Peppers, a retired researcher from the Illinois State Geological Survey that specialized in the study of fossil pollen and spores.
Preserving a fragile history
ALDER, MONTANA – I drive slowly over the hilly terrain in Fossil Basin and park near the remnants of an old campsite. In the 1950s and early 1960s, botanist Herman Becker camped here and collected fossil insects and plants from the Renova Formation’s paper shales.
Go behind the scenes with M. Jared Thomas in this article from the U of I News Bureau.
Drawing insights from ancient plants
ALDER, MONTANA – I’m sitting near the top of our fossil excavation site in southwest Montana, my hammer and shovel ready. I have a perfect view of the mountains. A wall of fossil-laden shale lies before me, and I’m ready to dig in.
Go behind the scenes with Danielle Ruffatto in this article from the U of I News Bureau.
The fossils of Madison County (Montana)
ALDER, MONTANA – Standing at the foot of the mountains, I look to the east. It’s still early and I have hiked up here alone to gather my thoughts. I can see why they call this “Big Sky Country.” The tree-covered foothills of the mountains behind me give way to rolling scrubland. Stunted trees mark the edges of dry creek beds cut into the soft rocks below. This is southwest Montana, and I’m here to hunt.
Go behind the scenes with paleontologist Sam Heads as he hunts for fossils in Montana in this article from the U of I News Bureau.