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rachel c. benton is Park Paleontologist at Badlands National Park. She started her work with the National Park Service as a volunteer at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in 1984. She has since worked at Big Bend National Park, Wind Cave National Park, and Fossil Butte National Monument. In 1994 she started her position as the first park paleontologist at Badlands National Park, where she has built an extensive program involving paleontological research and resource management. Her doctorate is from the University of Iowa, and her research interests focus on paleoecology and taphonomy. She is a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. Her primary contributions to the book include the chapters on systematics, paleoecology and taphonomy, and paleontology resource management. dennis o. terry jr. is Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he teaches geology of the national parks, physical geology, facies models, and a graduate class in soils and paleosols. He became fascinated with Badlands National Park in the summer of 1986 while attending a geology field camp with Ball State University. The following summer he was hired as an interpretive ranger by Badlands National Park through the Student Conservation Association . It was during this first summer as a park ranger that his research into the geologic history of the Badlands began, thanks primarily to his interactions with the chief interpretive ranger for the park at that time, Jay Shuler. Through these interactions a series of questions regarding the geologic history of some of the oldest strata in the park would become the focus of his master’s thesis research at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Over the next two summers he was employed by Badlands National Park as the F. V. Hayden Intern, working as an interpretive ranger and conducting research. After completing his master’s degree, he began his doctoral research at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln and expanded upon his observations from South Dakota into correlative deposits of northwest Nebraska. He continues his research to this day on the Badlands of South Dakota and correlative deposits in Nebraska, Wyoming, and North Dakota. His specialties include depositional environments , stratigraphy, and the analysis of ancient soils in the rock record (paleosols) and their application to interpreting the formation of bone beds, paleoenvironmental conditions, and paleoclimatic change across the Eocene–Oligocene boundary. During his career he has generated over 100 publications (abstracts, field guides, journal articles, and books) on the geology and paleontology of the Badlands in collaboration with numerous graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues, and federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Geological Society of America, and the Society for Sedimentary Geology. His primary contributions to the book include the chapters on paleopedology, stratigraphy, deposition, postdepositional history , and the Badlands in space and time, with additional contributions to the sections on resource management and vertebrate taphonomy. emmett evanoff is Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, where he teaches historical geology, paleontology, sedimentary geology, and regional geology. He started his career in paleontology studying fossil freshwater and land snails but gradually shifted his interests into the stratigraphy and origin of early Cenozoic distal volcaniclastic sequences, or fine-grained volcanic-rich rocks that were deposited by rivers, in lakes, and by wind during the first half of the age of mammals. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was on the stratigraphy, sedimentology, and fossil land snails of the White River Formation near Douglas, Wyoming. After graduation he worked as a geology instructor at the University of Colorado and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and also worked as a consulting paleontologist on paleontologic resource evaluation projects and as a sedimentary geologist on fluvial architecture studies. He has worked and continues to work on the middle Eocene Bridger Formation of southwest Wyoming, and the White River rocks of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Badlands National Park is an area of special interest to him, for he has now worked on the stratigraphy of the White River Group continuously for more than 15 summers. A recent topic of interest for him is the history of geologic studies in the Bridger Formation and the White River Group in the...


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