About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2004 (Preparators' Grant) Diego Pol
I would like to thank the Committee for selecting our proposal. We are organizing a workshop on techniques for micropreparation of fossil vertebrates. This workshop will be held on the Museo Egidio Feruglio in Trelew (Southern Argentina) and will be destined to preparators of Argentina and Brazil. This is a collaborative effort of many people and we are greatful to all of them.
My experience with paleontology began while I was working as a volunteer at the Museo de Ciencias Naturales in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1992 when I was in high school. I conducted my undergraduate studies at University of Buenos Aires, from where I graduated in 1999. My graduate studies were conducted at the joint program of Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where I recently graduated. My paleontological research is focused on the phylogenetic relationships of two groups of archosaurs, crocodyliformes and basal sauropodomorphs.
During these years I participated in approximately 20 expeditions in Argentina and Mongolia. This fieldwork experience allowed me to see the critical importance that field and lab techniques and technicians have in the proper preservation of specimens, the core of our studies in paleontology. Understanding these issues, I want to thank again the committee for selecting this proposal that will bring a unique opportunity to fossil preparators of nearly a dozen of Vertebrate Paleontology institutions in Argentina and Brazil.
Photo courtesy of Diego Pol.