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Paleontology Volunteer Program
As an outreach activity, local folks interested in participating in museum activities in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering are welcome to contact Joseph Hartman. Activities may include a number of topics depending on the interest of the volunteer. Curation of existing collections is always an important task. This work includes hands-on fossil and label review and computerization. This activity ultimately makes the fossil specimens in UND's paleontological collections, and the paleoecological and geological time information they represent, more accessible to other North Dakota scientists, regulatory personnel at other government agencies, and those in comparative studies.
The department has a large collection that is appropriate for student projects and outside research. Papers continue to be published on plant, vertebrate, and invertebrate fossils in our departmental collections.
A recent UND paleo alum, Amber Huntoon, helped initiate the volunteer program, and the department has employed a student, Trika Nelson, to assist in collection reorganization efforts. Other activities could include display case design, Web work, fossil preparation, and photography. Participation in field studies ("digs") is also possible. Recent field assistants have included Karew Schumaker (Minot State University) and Sarah Uthus (North Dakota State University). See also Paleo Assistants for others involved in the paleontological activities at UND.
Please contact Joseph Hartman at the contact information at the bottom of the page if you are interested in volunteering for fossil studies in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.