April 16-20, 2019 the Sternberg Museum hosted the Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology (AMMP) annual meeting. AMMP is an organization of people interested in paleontology collections care and methodology, including conservation, preparation, sampling, and collection of fossils. At the annual meeting, professionals, students, and volunteers come together to share information about field, laboratory, and analytical methods. Sternberg staff and students, along with experts from around the country, ran workshops, field trips, demos, and short-courses. There were also oral and poster presentations, a symposium, and round-table discussions. In addition to learning and networking, the annual meeting was a great opportunity for us to show off our new fossil prep lab, histology research lab, and improvements to the paleontology collections!
Dane G. Hansen Paleontology Research Center &
Oceans of Kansas Fossil Prep Lab
In January of 2017, the Sternberg Museum was awarded an $81,000 matching grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to fund renovations to the Museum’s fossil preparation lab. In addition to proceeds raised from the 2016 and 2017 Museum Galas, Mike and Pam Everhart and 57 other donors come forward to see the lab come to life.Construction was completed in 2018 with custom equipment quickly following. The prep lab is now up and running with a new graduate student lab manager and undergraduate volunteers. Keep a look out for upcoming workshops if you’re interested in being trained in fossil prep and becoming a Museum volunteer.
The preparation lab is where staff, volunteers and students clean, stabilize and repair fossils for long-term preservation before they are ready for research or exhibit.It is a fundamental part of the museum, and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to improve how we serve the public. The lab is integrated with exhibit space so visitors can observe and interact with preparators. Having a larger, safe, and state-of-the-art lab will also allow us to provide hands-on education, volunteer opportunities, and professional development to students and the community.
You can find more information on the Sternberg Museum’s Prep Lab page.