Sterling Nesbitt

Sterling was always fascinated by nature, ancient history, and archaeology. Since he was 15 years old, he has spent every vacation digging for fossils. Today, he is a paleontologist whose fieldwork took him to Arizona, Utah, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Tanzania, Africa. But some of his most important work were in the lab, where he discovered a new crocodilian relative of dinosaurs.

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
Education: BA in integrative biology, MA in geoscience; working on PhD at Columbia
Job: graduate student (investigates early dinosaurs and distant relatives of crocodilians)
Known for: discovering a new species of reptile
Favorite part of job: being out in the field and digging, especially when he unearths fossil evidence that no one has ever touched before!

Image credits: main image, courtesy of Giant Screen Films; Sterling Nesbitt: courtesy of AMNH; Sterling Nesbitt: courtesy of AMNH; Sterling Nesbitt: courtesy of AMNH.