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Experts in Their Fields

Let Your Class Interact with Museum Experts

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Experts in the Field

Are your students studying standards that have you stumped for substance? Could you cultivate some kicking content with Curatorial Collaboration? Then consider a Videoconference Connection with The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and let your class learn from real scientists! This series of 40-minute Q & A sessions with our Collections and Research staff will allow you access to the inside scoop on science today.

Cost: $130, 40-minute program.
Scheduled as experts' time permits; we recommend you call with a month's notice for us to arrange the program.

Dr. Michael Ryan, Curator and Head of Vertebrate Paleontology
Meet a real dinosaur hunter who is the leader of the Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project. Do your students like dinosaurs with frills, spikes, and horns? Dr. Ryan's present research includes the description and phylogenetic analysis of three new ceratopsians! A world traveler, he has participated in or led research expeditions in Alberta, the western United States, Niger, Tunisia, Argentina, and Mongolia.

David Chapman, CMNH Vertebrate Paleontology Lab Technician
When you visit a museum and see spectacular skeletons towering over your head, do you wonder where they come from? David Chapman has been with the Museum team since 1986, and his talents amaze our visitors every day. His work involves art and science combined! Discover the inside information on dinosaur behavior you can learn from studying their skeletons.

Dr. Andy Jones, Curator and Head of Ornithology
One of Dr. Jones' special interests is using museum specimens and DNA sequences to understand the evolutionary history of birds. He also invites participants to discuss with him the spectacle of migration. Our feathered friends find their way for thousands of miles without a map or GPS! Gather a flock of students and find out how they manage this feat.

Dr. Joe Hannibal, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology
Dr. Hannibal will amaze even entomophobes with his knowledge of "Extreme Arthropods." Dr. Hannibal specializes in researching some of the gigantic invertebrates that crept and crawled around our world before reptiles and mammals got around to trying out extreme body sizes. Tracks of an 8-foot myriapod from New Mexico? He's studied them. Dr. Hannibal is a highly entertaining speaker, having presented numerous short courses, workshops, and field trips for professional geologists, teachers, students, and the general public.

Rocks and Minerals
Dr. David Saja, Curator and Head of Mineralogy
Do your students dig the discovering of rocks and minerals and smashing open their physical properties, or does this topic leave them stone cold? Dr. Saja can walk you through the identification of common rock and rock-forming minerals to help understand the world around us. Knowing the chemical composition of rocks (i.e., the minerals within them) helps engineers build buildings and roads, and botanists grow plants. Find out how knowing your mineralogy can help artists, medical doctors, crime-scene detectives, historical preservationists, potters, and even contestants on "Survivor"!

Ann DuFresne, Associate Curator of Archaeology
Ann DuFresne offers your students a look at Prehistoric Ohio Indians, bringing selections from our teaching collections to the video conference. How were people able to live in ancient Ohio and get all of their food, clothing, and shelter from the environment around them? Ann will illustrate how the museum's archaeological collections reveal answers to these questions about ancient human activity.

Mark Kollecker, Youth Programs Coordinator, Science Instructor, Archaeologist and Flint-Knapper
Mark Kollecker has extensive experience in the prehistoric and historic archaeology of Ohio and surrounding states. He has instructed many students and adults on digs throughout the area. To better understand prehistoric lifeways, Kollecker became interested in experimental archaeology. Today he is proficient in flint-knapping, coiled basketry, cordage making using natural fibers, brain tanning of hides, and a variety of ancient weapons including the atlatl (a spear throwing device), blow gun and sling. Kollecker believes that there is no better way to learn about ancient peoples than to try your hand at doing the things they did in their everyday lives. Kollecker was featured in the News-Herald demonstrating the ancient art of making stone tools.