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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2019 Awardees 2019 (Hix Preparator's Grant) Ana Moreno

 

Ana Moreno was born in Popayán, Colombia. In 2013, she received a bachelor’s degree in Children’s Pedagogy in the Distrital University from Bogotá. By that time, she had already encountered paleontology, when she visited a little museum in Villa de Leyva. It was there, that she first saw a giant fossilized animal, the Kronosaurus boyacensis. She had never seen a fossil before, at least none of such majesty, so from that moment she fell in love with paleontology.
 
In 2014 she moved to Argentina to begin a bachelor’s degree in Paleontology at Buenos Aires University (UBA). Shortly after, she started working (first as volunteer) in the Laboratory of Comparative Anatomy and Evolution of Vertebrates (LACEV) of Argentinian Museum of Natural Science “Bernardino Rivadavia” (MACN). In that context, she had acquired general knowledge about technical work, being particularly interested in the preparation of small vertebrates.

In the LACEV, she participated in the preparation of cranial and postcranial remains of dinosaurs, mammals and crocodiles. Currently she is preparing an articulated ornithopod from Santa Cruz province. She has also participated in reconstructions that are exhibited at MACN and in several fieldworks in Argentina in Patagonia and La Rioja provinces.

Ana is volunteering as a teacher at Popular High School for adults “Casa Abierta”. She is member of “Proyectando + paleontología” a student’s group for paleontology disclosure, she has also participated in scientific disclosure activities with LACEV, visiting some places from Buenos Aires province, and a few months ago she created a personal blog to publish about paleontological themes, under the pseudonym of “Tipuana Fishapod”.

Recently, Leonardo and Ana started working together, preparing skulls of miocenian mammals of Mendoza Province and cretacic marine vertebrates of Antarctica. The SVP grant will be used to improve their laboratory preparation techniques at the Field Museum of Natural History with Chief Preparator Akiko Shinya, and learn about digital preparation of CT scan data at the University of Chicago at PhD. Neil Shubin lab.