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Lee and Ashley Hall

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Biography

Lee Hall – Paleontology Field Professional

Ashley Hall – Outreach Program Manager

Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT

 

Ashley Hall

Have you ever looked closely at a jumping spider? Ashley Hall wants everyone to see the world through her eyes. As a young girl, Ashley grew up with a passion for natural history museums and knew that working in a museum was her destiny. In her career, she’s been an informal educator at the Los Angeles Zoo, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the world famous La Brea Tar Pits, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. As a paleontologist, she worked as Assistant Curator of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology where she excavated, identified, and helped catalog the fossil collection. Ashley uses social media to open people’s eyes to the amazing world of natural history and museum life. Ashley is currently the Outreach Program Manager at Museum of the Rockies where she creates outreach kits and teaches virtual programs. Be sure to follow Ashley on her various social media channels!

 

Social Media:
Twitter: @LadyNaturalist
Instagram: @Lady_Naturalist

 

Lee Hall

Lee Hall is a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in the technical practice of fossil preparation. Intersecting science and art, the work of extracting fossil bones from their stony tombs requires a combination of patience, an eye for details, a steady hand, and a microscope. Lee began his journey into paleontology at the age of 16 when he was recruited by his idol, Dr. Jack Horner, to work the 65 million year old Hell Creek Formation in eastern Montana. For several years he ran research camps and dinosaur excavations as a crew chief for the Museum of the Rockies, and honed his research and artistry skills as a paleontology research assistant at Montana State University. After a stint in Los Angeles working as a paleontological consultant, Lee can now be found back at Museum of the Rockies where he manages summer field expeditions and prepares the fossils that come back from the field. Follow Lee’s prep work and paleontology outreach on social media!

 

Social media:
Twitter: @Paleeoguy
Instagram: @paleeoguy

 

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Ashley Hall Fast Facts

  • Favorite place in the entire world: the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois
  • B.A in Anthropology and Animal Behavior from Indiana University Bloomington
  • Ashley and Lee had a Jurassic Park themed wedding—complete with an insect in amber centerpiece and Azhdarchid pterosaur ring bearer
  • On their honeymoon, Ashley and Lee traveled around the United States to see iconic fossil sites and museums
  • Ashley has a soft spot for arachnids—she has an Oklahoma brown tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi) as a pet and loves jumping spiders
  • A self-proclaimed naturalist, Ashley has a background in ornithology, paleontology, biology, animal behavior, anthropology, and more!

 

Lee Hall Fast Facts

  • B.Sc. in paleontology from Montana State University Bozeman
  • Lee’s research has spanned several topics, including bite marks in the giant fossil fish Dunkleosteus, sauropod dinosaur claw function and trackways, horned dinosaur pathologies, taphonomy of Tyrannosaurus rex, and dinosaur teeth from Ethiopia
  • Lee was excavating dinosaurs before he could legally drive a car
  • His first big fossil discovery was an 11 inch (28 cm) Tyrannosaurus rex tooth!
  • Lee and Ashley co-authored a paper on sauropod dinosaur tracks while they were planning their wedding
  • While in California, Ashley and Lee visited and studied the geology of Star Trek filming locations

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