People

SAM W. HEADS
Director & Curator-in-Charge

Room 1027A, Center for Paleontology
Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
swheads@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 244-9448

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NICHOLE SAMSON
Collections Manager

Room 1027D, Center for Paleontology
Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
samson@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 333-7053

M. JARED THOMAS
Curator, Stratigraphic Paleontology

Room 1027A-1, Center for Paleontology
Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
thomasmj@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 300-2790

SCOTT D. ELRICK
Curator, Coal Balls & Pennsylvanian Plants

Room 429, Natural Resources Building (M/C 650)
615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
elrick@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 333-3222

JAMIE MINNAERT
Associate Curator, Cenozoic Plants

Room 2028, Robert A. Evers Laboratory
1909 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
minnaert@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 244-7332

DANIELLE M. RUFFATTO
Associate Curator, Paleobotany

Room 1010, Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 650)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
ruffatt1@illinois.edu | +1 (815) 582-5909

JOSEPH A. DEVERA
Associate Curator, Trace Fossils

Room 1136, Natural Resources Building (M/C 650)
615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
jdevera@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 265-8991

JENNIFER OBRAD
Assistant Curator, Coal Balls & Pennsylvanian Plants

Room 1136, Natural Resources Building (M/C 650)
615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
jobrad@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 265-8991

DENNIS R. KOLATA
Curator Emeritus

Room ###, Natural Resources Building (M/C 650)
615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
dkolata@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 244-2189

LEELLEN F. SOLTER
Curator Emerita

Room 1027, Center for Paleontology
Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
lsolter@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 244-5047

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DANIEL B. BLAKE
Curator Emeritus

Room 245, Natural History Building (M/C 102)
1301 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801
dblake@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 333-3833

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RODNEY D. NORBY
Curator Emeritus

Room ###, Natural Resource Building (M/C 650)
615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
rnorby@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 244-5047

ASSISTANTS & TECHNICIANS

DANIEL R. SWANSON
Curatorial Assistant

Center for Paleontology
Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
drswan2@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 333-6880

WYATT MILNE
Curatorial Assistant

Center for Paleontology
Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
wmilne2@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 333-6880

CHARLOTTE L. HEADS
Social Media Assistant

Center for Paleontology
Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA

STUDENTS

CARIAD WILLIAMS
Graduate Student

Room 1027C, Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
cariadw2@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 333-6880

JACOB TAMARRI
Graduate Student

Room 1027C, Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
tamarri2@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 333-6880

KATE SCHMIDT
Undergraduate (Dept. Geology)

Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

TYLER HEDLUND
Research Associate

Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
thedlun2@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 333-6880

STEVEN J. TAYLOR
Research Associate

Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
sjtaylor@illinois.edu | +1 (217) 333-6880

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RUSSELL JACOBSON
Research Associate

Forbes Natural History Building (M/C 652)
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
dinoruss@gmail.com | +1 (217) 333-6880