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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2019 Awardees 2019 (Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize) Digital Modeling/Animation - Joseph Groenke

Joseph Groenke is a Laboratory Coordinator for the O’Connor Lab at Ohio University, where he performs technical aspects of fossil data development.  In the mid- to late-90s, he trained in molding and casting and mechanical preparation techniques under Dr. William Sanders in the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology’s fossil preparation laboratories.  Throughout his career as a technician, he has focused on accurately replicating morphological data from projects that are required to return specimens upon completion to home countries including Pakistan, Egypt, Mali, Tanzania, and Madagascar.  He is responsible for the primary research casts of hundreds of specimens, including over 20 holotypes.  Beginning in 2005 at Stony Brook University, he initiated an extensive CT-scanning program for specimens collected by the Mahajanga Basin Project.  The primary purpose for this scanning was to assist in mechanical preparation of jacketed fossils from Madagascar, but led to training in software used for digital fossil preparation and reconstructions.  Recently, he has focused on developing robust, repeatable reconstructions of morphology by digital means, especially for specimens too small, fragmented, and/or fragile to prepare.  He is also working on developing means by which digital data and prototype outputs can serve research needs when molding and casting are technically dangerous and/or not possible for specimens.