In February of 2012 The University of Texas at Austin hosted a writing workshop to support the2011 SVP Preparators Grant, which was
Smith. In addition to Steve Jabo and Marilyn Fox, the group set out to
The Grant Report as submitted to the SVP Grant Committee can be downloaded here.
Matthew Brown works in a slightly obscure corner of paleontology doing work called fossil preparation. Fossil preparators spend most of their time actually doing what most people think all paleontologists do all day. He has worked for the University of Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History, the National Park Service at Petrified Forest, and currently the University of Texas at Austin. Now residing in Swinging South Austin, he recently lived off the grid in a dome in the middle of the Painted Desert, where his cat Jake was eaten by a bobcat, coyote, mountain lion, or phytosaur. Gustav, Jake's replacement, fared pretty well, and stayed behind in Arizona to guard the house.