I am Steven E. Jasinski, an American paleontologist and zoologist,
and currently the Curator of Paleontology and Geology at the State
Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA and a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania.
I graduated from Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, PA, and went to
Pennsylvania State University afterward. I graduated from Penn State
with a B.S. in Geobiology. Along the way I was advised by Dr. Peter
Wilf, a paleobiologist, and Dr. Russell Graham, a vertebrate
paleontologist. Following Penn State, I attended East Tennessee State
University for my M.S. Dr. Jim Mead was my thesis advisor and committee
chair, while Drs. Blaine Schubert and Steven Wallace were other
committee members. All three were vertebrate paleontologists. I am now in the Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania working with the renowned Dr. Peter Dodson, along with Drs. Lauren Sallan and Herman Pfefferkorn.
Other than my direct education, I have had the opportunity to work
and volunteer with several museums to further my education. I began
volunteering at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum at Penn State
while working on my bachelor's degree. Much of this involved the picking
and sorting of microfossils, particularly from the Neogene. I
volunteered for a summer for field work with the Denver Museum of Nature
and Science. We focused on fossils from the Morrison Formation (Late
Jurassic) in the Garden Park, CO area. Immediately following my time at
Penn State I got into contact with Dr. Robert Sullivan at the State
Museum of Pennsylvania. I volunteered for a while, and was hired on a
part-time basis. Dr. Robert Sullivan has recently retired from the State
Museum of Pennsylvania, and I am acting as the Curator at the museum currently. This is also in conjunction with working toward getting my Ph.D. at UPenn.
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