Hello! My name is Anna Whitaker, and I’m a senior at Pennsylvania State University. I am pursuing a degree in Geobiology, as I plan on continuing my education and career in paleontology and museum collections work.
For the past four years I have been working in the Stratigraphic Paleoecology Lab under the guidance of Dr. Mark Patzkowsky and Dr. Max Christie. During this time I have participated in diverse projects, from studying Pliocene biogeographic boundaries to reconstructing Eocene ecosystems in South America.
Currently, I am working in the Ordovician Reedsville formation of central Pennsylvania, which has spectacular preservation of unique critters like ophiuroids and cephalopods.
An exciting aspect of this project is learning different approaches to photograph and document these fossils.
I love the communication aspect of science, and I think social media is great method for healthy discussion between academics and the public. You can find me on twitter talking about paleontology, women in science, or hockey, so please say hi!