Daniel R. Danehy
Department of Geosciences
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802, U.S.A.
Current address: Department of Geological
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750395
Dallas, TX, 75275, U.S.A.
I always had a fascination for the Earth
Sciences and fossils while growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was formally
introduced to paleobotany in a Geobiology class at Pennsylvania State University. This
course opened my mind to challenging new concepts and questions about the
history of life on Earth; I have been captivated with this subject ever since.
Particularly, I am interested in large-scale questions related to paleobiology
and paleoecology. In 2006 I earned the first B.S. in Geobiology given by Penn
State University. My first field experience in paleobotany occurred during the
summer of 2004, assisting Peter Wilf near Miles City, Montana, and in the
Bighorn Basin of Wyoming. In the summers of 2006 and 2007 I was a paleobotany
intern at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, doing field and lab work for
the Denver Basin Project. I began M.S. studies at Southern Methodist University
in the fall of 2007, researching the paleobotany and paleoecology of the Chilga
Basin of northwestern Ethiopia with Bonnie Jacobs.