Alum brings "dino" knowledge to Lower School for Paleontology Night
Robby Brothers has wanted to be a paleontologist since he was a young child. Since graduating from Canterbury in 2013, he has been busy pursuing his dream.
Robby's resume includes fossil prep and field experience in Wyoming with The Chicago Field Museum. He spent this past summer at the Grand Staircase National Monument in Southern Utah. His work included locating, excavating and preparing Cretaceous vertebrate fossils (turtles, fish and dinosaurs). At Whitman College, he works on databasing a recently donated fossil collection and aids in isotope research of Pliocene horse and camel teeth while working on a Bachelor of Science in Geology.
"One of the greatest joys I get from going into this field is being able to walk up to someone who is excited about paleontology, and then saying in fact that I am a paleontologist and can answer their questions. When I was little, that is all I wanted to do," said Robby. "I like sharing my enthusiasm with people who are equally enthusiastic."
Robby's passion for paleontology was contagious as 130 children and adults listened to his interactive presentation in January, dug with him for fossils in a plaster site, researched dinosaur facts, simulated sedimentary rock layers (and ate them), and sifted through sand for fossils. Students put their dino knowledge to the test with a game of trivia at the end of the evening and spent a lot of time asking Robby questions.
This special event - Lower School Paleontology Night - was inspired by Robby's expertise in the field, after his dad and Middle School science teacher, Bob Brothers, visited him on location on a dig this summer. Mr. Brothers shared about the experience with faculty, administration and students. Canterbury teachers, AP biology students and staff from Science Central helped facilitate the evening by staffing the various paleontology stations.
Robby said one of his favorite moments of the evening happened while he was doing his presentation with the whole audience. "On the movie screen was a picture of two dinosaurs and I said 'This is a velociraptor grappling with another type of dinosaur.' Then I noticed one of the little kids in the front row whispering the name of the other dinosaur. And yeah...that little kid was just like me. That's how I was when I was in Kindergarten. So that made me really happy."