Welcome to Diplotomodon. This is a blog. There are many like it but this one is mine. Hope you enjoy your stay.
My name is Kevin Sievers and I originally hail from the exotic American locality known as New Jersey. Currently, I’m a sophomore studying geoscience and paleontology within the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA).
I work at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in various capacities: over the past year, I have taken on roles as a public educator, special exhibits planner, and the esteemed title of Beetle Handler (trademark pending). Research-wise, I’m working behind the scenes in the Academy collections (in the Vertebrate Paleontology and Ichthyology Departments) helping describe the lower jaw of Tiktaalik and considering its morphological context within the evolutionary grade of stem tetrapods – poster in progress. I also spend a few days a week in the Academy’s prep lab, working on some excellent dinosaur material from the Jurassic & Cretaceous of the Bighorn Basin. What can I say…it’s a living.
Apart from the paleo work, I’ve had a lifelong interest in herpetology and ornithology, and I’ve assisted in numerous field research projects in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and the Jersey Shore, helping to count endangered tree frogs and declining populations of shorebirds.
You can expect to find a similar range of topics on this blog – what I hope is a pleasant mixture of natural history, museums of many kinds, science communication, and some random assorted musings.
Though I am currently employed by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the opinions presented herein are my own and not necessarily of or supported by the Academy as an institution. Just in case it needs saying.
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All photographs are mine and released under the above license unless otherwise noted.