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Meet a Paleontologist

Katie Loughney Katie examining Paleozoic fossils in an aqueduct in Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP, Maryland.


Katie Loughney Katie and other team members plastering a sauropod limb bone in Wyoming.

Katie Loughney

Ph. D. candidate

University of Michigan

NFD Kid's Page Interview...

What is your job, and what do you study?

From 2011 to 2012, I was the Paleontologist and GeoCorps America Guest Scientist at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP in Maryland. I documented fossil occurrences throughout the Park and wrote a management plan outlining procedures for prospecting, documenting, collecting, and protecting fossil resources in C & O Canal.

What are you working on now?

I am now pursuing a Ph.D. in paleontology at the University of Michigan.

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

I completed my undergraduate degree at Beloit College in Wisconsin and my Master's at the University of Rhode Island. Throughout my academic career, I have taken many courses related to geology and paleontology; my favorite courses have been on paleontology, sedimentology, and comparative anatomy.

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

I don't remember a specific event that influenced me, but I was very interested in dinosaurs as a child. I thought dinosaurs were the coolest things around, and from an early age, I knew I wanted to be a paleontologist.

What is your most memorable experience working with fossils?

My most memorable experience with fossils was working in a dinosaur quarry in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming for a Research Experience for Undergraduates project. We got to excavate the bones from the quarry and prepare them in the lab, so it was a complete vert paleo experience in one summer!

Do you have any advice for aspiring paleontologists?

Read about the subjects that interest you and don't be shy about seeking out opportunities that will help you grow as a paleontologist.

GSA Foundation Video with Katie interviewed at C&O Canal

GSA - Educating a New Generation of Geologists from Steve Filmer on Vimeo.

NFD Kid's Page Paleontologist Interviews:

Cassi Knight  Roy Plotnick  Thomas Holtz  Sidney Ash  Joshua Samuels  Alan Titus  Vince 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 

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: November 18, 2013