Matthew C. Lamanna ’97 has been named assistant curator of vertebrate paleontology at the prestigious Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He was featured in the Sunday, June 27, Finger Lakes Times article “Making waves in paleontology.” target=”new” According to the article, two weeks ago, Lamanna returned from doing field work in Patogonia, near the southern end of South America in Argentina. Within a month, he will depart for an endeavor in northwest China, where he and other paleontologists will be making further excavation efforts this summer under a grant from the Discovery Channel to search for dinosaur and bird fossils.
Lamanna was also featured in the June 28 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article “Young paleontologist is living the dinosaur dream.”
Lamanna will serve as the main dinosaur researcher at the Carnegie Museum, and will be involved in public education and outreach, including the inception of a new $35 million renovation project, which will double the size of current exhibits, add several new fossil dinosaurs and renovate the existing dinosaur hall.
Lamanna holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. with high honors in geoscience and biology from Hobart College in 1997, and an M.S. in earth and environmental science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999.