B.A. Oberlin College, 1978
- Fossil Preparation
Amy Davidson has an extensive background in sculpture and modelmaking, combined with a love of anatomy and natural history. She received her training in fossil preparation as an apprentice to a master micro-preparator at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. She began her current job in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia during the 1993 field season of the joint expedition of the AMNH and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, which was highlighted by the discovery of the late Cretaceous locality Ukhaa Tolgod.
Aside from eight field seasons in the Gobi, Amy works in the AMNH fossil preparation lab, primarily on the spectacular mammal and dinosaur fossils collected from the Gobi, for Curators Mark Norell and Mike Novacek. She also works on important Cenozoic mammal fossils collected in the Chilean Andes for Curator John Flynn.
Amy loves her profession and has contributed annually since 1994 to the Preparators Symposium of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. She has presented over twenty talks and posters on preparation topics. From 1998 to 2001 she worked intensively with two other preparators, a generous donor and the SVP executive committee to create the SVP Preparators Grant to support training in preparation. She has published papers on preparation topics, lectured at museums and schools and she has taught workshops in preparation in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Argentina.