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Expert Profile


Kayleigh Johnson




Not Available


Position Type:

Rapid City

South Dakota

United States of America

Years in the field:

1 – 5 Years

Areas of Expertise

Curatorial/Collections, Education, Exhibits development, Outreach and Public Engagement, Project Management, Volunteer Programs, Other

I am currently the Lab Manager and Preparator for the Museum of Geology. Here, I prepare and conserve fossils using modern methods and techniques that align with the Essential Competencies of a Fossil Preparator outlined by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. I maintain the building, lab spaces, and equipment. I help manage our student workers and volunteers. I work with the Associate Director to care for our fossil and mineral collections, which includes federal collections from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Bureau of Land Management. I also assist with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paleontological field surveys each summer and teach the Fossil Vertebrate Preparation and Conservation course at SD Mines.

I have research experience with Cretaceous Dakotacancer overanus crab populations and how fossil preparation methods affect dental microwear studies.

I have certifications in boat safety, forklift operation, and as a yoga instructor (200 hr YTT). I also participated in the NSF-funded program Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences (URGE) as part of a pod in 2021.

I am also currently the head of the Messaging Committee for the Geology and Geological Engineering department's Advisory Board and Secretary for the NFE Council.

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