Staff Profile

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Paul Mayer

Collections Manager, Fossil Invertebrates

Gantz Family Collections Center
Collection Management

Paul is responsible for managing and caring for 2 million fossil invertebrate specimens.  His areas of specialty are Devonian brachiopods, Silurian Reefs and Mazon Creek fossils including the Tully Monster. Paul has done fieldwork in Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Alberta, China, Australia, and New Zealand. 

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Oregon State University-Corvallis, Oregon
Master of Science, August 1994
Research and Teaching Assistant September 1991-August 1994

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Science, May 1991 Major in geology

Work experience

The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois January 2008– Present

National Park Service, Grand Canyon, Arizona July 2006 - November 2007

Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin January 1996 - June 2005

Professional affiliations

Member of the Geological Society of America and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.