Ryan Ridder, 2016

I am now a mammal paleontology graduate student at the KU Biodiversity Institute, working under Christopher Beard. I study an assemblage of mammals from a particular site in southern Wyoming called Twelvemile Basin, which represents a period of time roughly eight million years after the non-avian dinosaurs went extinct. Currently I am one of three David B. Jones Fellows in Vertebrate Paleontology. I try to do as much outreach as I can, speaking at elementary schools and creating activities for public events associated with the KU Natural History Museum and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I also established a "Be a Paleontologist" merit badge activity for local Girl Scouts. In my spare time I am attempting to write a book about mammal evolution for a general audience. 


Museum Events

Study Breaks: Finals in the Flex Space
Tues. May 9, Wed. May 10, Thurs. May 11 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Art and coffee final break in the Spencer
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm. 320
1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence KS
On KU Campus

Third Thursday
Thursday, May 18 | 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO

Memorial Day Weekend
May 26-29
Various events at the
National World War I Museum and Memorial
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2
 Memorial Dr., Kansas City, MO

First National African American Quilt Convention
July 12-15, 2017
TBD, Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.naaqc.org/

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