Jason P. Schein, M.S.
Jason’s passion for paleontology, science, and natural history education has driven his career from the beginning. He studied geology, paleontology, and paleoecology at Auburn University, and later paleontology at Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. He began his professional career as the Assistant Curator of Natural History at the New Jersey State Museum in 2007. In early 2017 he left that position to create and lead the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to paleontology and earth science research and education.
The adventure of field expeditions is one element of paleontology that attracted Jason at an early age. He has extensive experience exploring and researching Late Cretaceous fossils throughout the Southeast, Western Interior, and Mid-Atlantic regions of North America. Jason also spent several months in southern Patagonia, Argentina, as part of the team that excavated and studied Dreadnaughtus schrani, one of the world’s largest and most complete sauropod dinosaurs ever discovered! More recently, Jason has turned much of his field attention to the beautiful and rugged Bighorn Basin of northern Wyoming and southern Montana, where he and his team lead academic research expeditions that are also open to the public. Despite the geographic diversity of his field experiences, his research interests have remained the same - to study and reconstruct the entire ecosystems to the greatest extent possible.
Jason’s passion for science and nature came naturally to him at an early age, but his dedication to education is just as strong and heartfelt. He believes that it is only through education that we can begin to solve many of the world’s most pressing issues. Jason and the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute are extremely proud to be partners with Field Station: Dinosaurs, in part, because we as organizations and as individuals share a common vision for education by cultivating the love for science and nature innate in every child.
David Parris, M.A., M.S.
Mr. Parris has thirty-five years of experience as a professional paleontologist in eastern North America. Since 1971, his primary employment has been in curatorial positions at the New Jersey State Museum. Having received academic training at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (M.S., Paleontology) and Princeton University (M.A. and Ph.D. Candidate, Geology), he has frequently worked with Quaternary fossils, both in archaeology and paleontology. He has published more than one hundred technical articles including many on the Pleistocene fauna of New Jersey, Quaternary mammals from the Virginia coastal plain, paleosalinity of the Hudson River based on zooarchaeology, Pleistocene fossils recovered from continental shelf dredging, and Pleistocene cave faunas. During 2004, he served as a consultant with Hunter Research, Inc. for the Army Corps of Engineers in production of training programs for the recovery of offshore archaeological and paleontological specimens, speaking on the subject at several professional meetings. Other consultant positions throughout his career have dealt with the recovery, identification, conservation, and interpretation of vertebrate resources.
Mr. Parris began his involvement in natural and cultural resource evaluations and recoveries early in his career, while working for the United States National Park Service. Subsequently, as a curatorial professional at the New Jersey State Museum, he performed fossil resource evaluations at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. His other experience with paleontology of federal and tribal tracts includes scientific collecting permits with the Bureau of Land Management (U. S. Department of the Interior), National Forest Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture), and The Crow Creek Nation. For the last twenty years he has participated as an investigator in projects on tracts of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Missouri River Basin in South Dakota, a joint project of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with the New Jersey State Museum. Based on these experiences, he has been an active participant in conferences and hearings on federal policies involving vertebrate fossil resources.