January 2018 - December 2018: Provided technical consultation and developed content for ‘SUE Experience’ exhibit at the Field Museum. Involved anatomical and biomechanical consultations for reconstructions and animations, selection of specimens for Hell Creek Formation palaeoecology component, development of visual content and sections of exhibit text, assisted in re-mounting of skeleton of ‘Sue’ (Tyrannosaurus rex) from previous location in museum, etc. The goal of the exhibit was to both update the existing 'Sue' skeletal mount to be more scientifically accurate, to provide considerable contextual information regarding the life of this organism and the world it inhabited (and consequently the palaeoecology and environment of the Late Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation), and to discuss the scientific research being performed on this specimen and how it represents a fossil of considerable value to multiple research programs.
The exhibit itself is broken into several sub-components, including:
Curation & Collection Management
In addition to advising on the development of major exhibitions, I also have considerable experience in the curation, conservation, and management of museum collections and fossil materials.
I have worked as a collections technician in the fossil collections of the Canadian Museum of Nature, and was responsible for the ID and cataloguing of vertebrate fossils, the repair of damaged materials, and conducted a major replacement of the support pallets for the majority of the specimens in the oversize vertebrate fossil collections. During this time I also assisted in the preparation and installation of a blue whale skeleton in the CMN's Water Gallery, assisted in the transportation of minerals for the Earth Gallery, assessed multiple reported fossil discoveries by members of the public, and assisted in the selection and presentation of fossil collections materials during the Royal Visit to the CMN in 2010.
During my graduate work at the Royal Ontario Museum and my postdoctoral work at the Field Museum, I have assisted in the repair and removal/replacement of fossil materials from exhibits, catalogued and ID'd materials for the permanent collections of both institutions, assisted in the development and implementation of destructive sampling protocols and methods, and received training on the use of the K-EMu collection management database software family.