I am Steven E. Jasinski, an American paleontologist and zoologist, and currently the Curator of Paleontology and Geology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA.
I graduated from Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, PA, and went to Pennsylvania State University afterward. I graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Geobiology. Along the way I was advised by Dr. Peter Wilf, a paleobiologist, and Dr. Russell Graham, a vertebrate paleontologist. Following Penn State, I attended East Tennessee State University for my M.S. Dr. Jim Mead was my thesis advisor and committee chair, while Drs. Blaine Schubert and Steven Wallace were other committee members. All three were vertebrate paleontologists. I am now at the University of Pennsylvania working with Drs. Peter Dodson, Lauren Sallan, Herman Pfefferkorn, and Eric Morschhauser on my Ph.D.
Other than my direct education, I have had the opportunity to work and volunteer with several museums to further my education. I began volunteering at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum at Penn State while working on my bachelor's degree. Much of this involved the picking and sorting of microfossils, particularly from the Neogene. I volunteered for a summer for field work with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We focused on fossils from the Morrison Formation (Late Jurassic) in the Garden Park, CO area. Immediately following my time at Penn State I got into contact with Dr. Robert Sullivan at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. I volunteered for a while, and was hired on a part-time basis. Dr. Robert Sullivan has recently retired from the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and I am acting as the Curator at the museum currently.
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