Fall 2014 Interns

Monday, Aug. 25, four new interns began their hands-on pre-Panama training.  This training, orchestrated by Aaron Wood, was started in January (detailed here).  Before their departure to Panama on Sept. 7, they will have spent 8 days in the Florida Museum of Natural History learning about the identification and curation of fossils, and one day in the field in the Gainesville-area Haile Quarry, excavating fossil crabs, moldic invertebrates and a few vertebrate fossils.  The heat of the Florida summer will be a preview of what they will encounter in Panama.  Interspersed between these activities will be short, informal paper discussion sessions and presentations by some of the PCP PIRE regulars, such as Bruce MacFadden, Doug Jones, Catalina Pimiento, Austin Hendy, Aldo Rincon, and Claudia Grant.

Here are a few photos from their second day on the job:


Hannah O’Neill prepares an oreodont skull collected during the 2014 All Hands trip in Nebraska.

Adam Freierman

Intern Adam Freierman is cleaning a fossil horse found during the 2014 All Hands trip to Nebraska earlier this month.


Interns Daniel Mercado (right) and Lillian Pearson listen as Aldo Rincon teaches them how to identify some of the fossils found in Las Cascadas.

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About Cristina Robins

The mission of the Panama Canal Project - Partnerships in International Research and Education [PCP PIRE] is to advance knowledge of the extinct faunas and floras of the ancient Neotropics based on the new fossil discoveries along the Canal. Consistent with NSF's PIRE program objectives, university students (undergraduate and graduate), postdocs, and faculty are engaging in PCP paleontological, geological, and biological research and Broader Impacts outreach. The ultimate outcome of the PCP PIRE will be to promote discovery and advance knowledge while training the next generation of scientists better able to engage in international experiences.

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