Young visitors and a museum educator examine a teaching specimen together in the Grainger Science Hub

Meet a Scientist: Paul Mayer, Fossil Invertebrate Collections Manager

Event summary


2/17, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Part of the series: Meet a Scientist


Included with admission


About this event

Stop in to learn about fossils from the Chicago area!

Join Paul Mayer, Fossil Invertebrate Collections Manager, to learn more about local fossils and what they can tell us about the Chicagoland area hundreds of millions of years ago. Visitors will enjoy a selection from the Field's fossil collection of Mazon Creek invertebrates and Silurian reef corals.

Scientists, researchers, and collections managers are behind the scenes every day, uncovering new information and taking care of our collection.

During Meet a Scientist, you can find them in the Grainger Science Hub. They'll discuss their work and share real items from the museum’s collection of nearly 40 million objects. From collections care to field work, and dinosaurs to ecology, there’s a world of science to explore.

Visit the Science Hub on select weekdays for an up-close look at what our researchers do every day.