Mark Goodwin: Path to UCMP (cont.)
| While he was working at Harvard, a job opened
up at UCMP for a fossil preparatorsomeone to prepare fossils for
research, teaching and exhibits. Goodwin had never been to the San Francisco
Bay Area before, but on the advice of a former college roommate living
in the area he flew out for an interview. By the end of the week UCMP
had offered him the job.
Goodwin finished his bachelors degree at UC Berkeley while working as a preparator in UCMP. He then went to Montana with Dr. Bill Clemens. Goodwin helped Clemenss graduate students collect specimens while formulating and answering a number of his own questions about the fauna. With the results of this research, Goodwin earned his masters degree. This field work also initiated a long-term collaboration that has spanned over two decades. Goodwin has worked with Clemens and others in various localities from the freezing North Slope of Alaska to the Blue Nile Gorge in Ethiopia.
Changing roles at UCMP
After earning his masters degree, Goodwin continued working at UCMP, focusing on research and collections, now as a Museum Scientist. He focused his research efforts on the topic of bone development in dome-headed pachycephalosaurs and Triceratops.
| Back to school
After a long break from formal academic training, Goodwin returned to graduate school and completed his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of California, Davis in 2008, with a focus on stable isotope geochemistry and diagenesis in fossil bioapatite.
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