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Meet a Paleontologist

David K. Brezinski David collecting Mississippian age trilobites in ancient reef limestones of the Snowy Range of Montana.


David K. Brezinski David collecting trilobites in the lower Pennsylvanian rocks of western Maryland.

David K. Brezinski, Ph.D.

Appalachian Paleontologist/Stratigrapher

Maryland State Geological Survey

NFD Kid's Page Interview...

What is your job, and what do you study?

I conduct studies of rocks of the State of Maryland to try to determine how and when they were formed as a basis for further studies of applied environmental geology.

What are you working on now?

I am currently studying the geology and stratigraphy of the Hagerstown Valley and how it affects sinkhole development. I am also working on Brachiopods and trilobites of the Redwall Limestone of Arizona, and Trilobites from the Fort Payne Formation of Georgia.

Where did you go to school? What were some of your favorite classes that you took?

I went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Missouri, and the University of Pittsburgh. My favorite Undergraduate class was Invertebrate Paleontology. My favorite Graduate-level classes were Applied Paleontology, Biostratigraphy, and Paleoecology.

Was there an experience you had that made you realize you wanted to be a paleontologist?

As a 7th grader I visited Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Afterwards I wanted to be a scientist.

What is your most memorable experience working with fossils?

Presenting my findings on trilobites at the International Trilobite Conference, Oxford England.

Do you have any advice for aspiring paleontologists?

Yes. You don't need to have the title or be paid as a paleontologist to do paleontology. Anyone can do paleontology. All you need is to gain some academic background and then show determination in collecting and studying fossils.

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Cassi Knight
Roy Plotnick
Thomas Holtz
Sidney Ash
Joshua Samuels
Alan Titus
Vincent Santucci
Josh Bonde
Michelle Pinsdorf
Glenn W. Storrs
Rebecca Hunt-Foster
Arthur J. Boucot
Robert B. Blodgett
Greg McDonald
Eric Scott
Sally Shelton
Hans Deitre-Sues
Jim Kirkland
Alton Dooley
Karen Chin
Erica Clites
Katie Loughney
Richard Kissel
Andrew Heckert
John Repetski
Christy Visaggi
John Hoganson
Scott Foss
Bruce Schumacher
Scott Sampson
Greg Liggett
Jere Lipps
Matthew Miller
David Brezinski
James Hagadorn
Kari Prassack
Tony Fiorillo
Mike Fracasso
Diana Boudreau
Phil Varela
Mindy Householder
Andrew Milner
Don Prothero
Bill Parker
Kenshu Shimada
Jason Schein
Robyn Henderek


Last updated: June 12, 2013