Who goes on expeditions to the Gobi desert with you?
The Gobi expedition co-leaders, Mike Novacek and Mark Norell.
We have a regular team of people who go every year. Many of them work all year at the Museum. But, sometimes we take someone new. For example, we may take a paleogeologist when we want to learn more about what the Gobi desert was like 80 million years ago. Paleogeologists study ancient geology - they help us get a better picture of what the Gobi was like millions of years ago. The co-leader of the expeditions is Mike Novacek. He was my teacher in college and now we work together and are good friends. Mike studies extinct mammals. He also plays guitar and leads the singing around the campfire. Other team members include scientists, fossil preparators, drivers, and even cooks.