Dr. Emily LindseyAssistant Curator & Excavation Site Director

My research integrates information from past and modern ecosystems to understand how Ice Age animals and environments functioned, how climate conditions and human actions intersect to drive extinctions, and to predict future ecological responses in the face of modern global change.  No other paleontological site in the world has as great a potential to answer these questions as the La Brea Tar Pits.  I studied Biology at Brown University (undergraduate) and the University of California – Berkeley (Ph.D.), and did postdoctoral research at U.C. Berkeley and the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Uruguay.  I have conducted fieldwork in the United States, Antarctica, Chile, Guyana, and Ecuador, where my ongoing research program focuses on investigating the rich asphaltic fossil localities of the Santa Elena Peninsula and comparing them with our own tar pits here in California.

Dr. Kenneth CampbellCurator of Ornithology

Dr. Campbell has been a Curator at the Natural History Museum since 1977. His first duties were as Curator of the large collection of fossil birds from the Rancho La Brea tar pits at the newly opened George C. Page Museum, then as Curator of all fossil birds in the collections of the Natural History Museum. He has served as Curator of Birds, responsible for all collections of birds, both fossil and recent, since 1997.

Dr. John HarrisCurator Emeritus

Dr. Harris studied geology at the Universities of Leicester, Texas, and Bristol before becoming Director of Paleontology at the National Museums of Kenya in 1971. In 1980 he joined the staff at the Natural History Museum as Chief Curator of the Division of Earth Sciences.

Aisling FarrellCollections Manager

I graduated from Imperial College London where my research focused on taxonomy and systematics using the collections of the Natural History Museum in London. My paleontology career has taken me to do both museum work and fieldwork all over the world including; China, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay and the Yukon, as well as across the United States around Arizona, California, Montana and Utah. I am dedicated to creating a well-curated and easily accessible collection for research, education, and for the protection of important specimens.

Gary TakeuchiCollections Manager

I started as a high school volunteer at Rancho La Brea in 1983 and went on to become the Senior Excavator of Pit 91 from 1999-2000. Until 2009, I was a Curatorial Assistant for the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and was also part of the Age of Mammals exhibition team. Over the years my career has taken me to do field work at Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave Desert, California, Argentina, Inner Mongolia, China and Tibet. My research has mainly focused on fossil fish, but my interests include biostratigraphy, taphonomy, and microfossils.

Stephany PotzeFossil Lab Manager

Growing up in South Africa not far from the "Cradle of Humankind", I have always been passionate about the past and what fossils can reveal about these lost worlds. My formal paleontological background was in managing the fossil preparation laboratory and hominin collection at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, Pretoria, since 2001. During that time, I was permit holder for two Plio-Pleistocene sites, Bolt's Farm and Haasgat, with annual excavations revealing a wealth of exciting fossils including bovids, pigs, primates and sabertooth cats. My interest in ancient life has also taken me on other types of excavations from archaeological sites in the Kruger National Park to Jurassic sites containing early dinosaurs in the Free State. I have always been fascinated by the impressive collection of Ice Age mammals at the La Brea Tar Pits, and in 2016, my desire to master the techniques associated with working on asphaltic fossil material led me half-way across the world to work at this amazing institution. Academically, I have completed a double major in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of South Africa, with research collaborations predominantly focused on Plio-Pleistocene hominin and faunal fossils, including work on fossil preparation techniques.

Beau CampbellPreparator

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology with a Minor in Geology from San Diego State University. I began my work at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum in Guest Relations, and then quickly started volunteering in the Research and Collections Division. While volunteering I performed various tasks including: excavating, preparing fossils in the Fossil Lab, identifying and cataloging Project 23 specimens. In my new position I prepare vertebrate fossils, sort microfossils found in the matrix, collaborate with other Museum staff, help with Museum programming and assist with supervising our volunteers. I love all things natural history and the possibility of discovering something new on a daily basis is so exciting!

Carrie HowardLead Preparator

My desire to do fieldwork originally brought me to volunteer at Rancho La Brea. Now I am the lead excavator at Project 23 where I oversee daily activities on site and co-ordinate with the Collections Manager. My bachelor's degree is in Earth Sciences and Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz. I love geology and am interested in studying the unique asphaltic sediments of RLB. Being an avid photographer, I enjoy documenting our work and am also excited about producing an annotated photographic notebook of RLB specimens for the field.

Laura TewksburyPreparator

My educational background is in both Biology and American Sign Language Interpreting. After volunteering at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum for a few years in both the Fossil Lab and in Pit 91, I was thrilled to be chosen as a Preparator with the new Project 23 Excavation. After all, being the first person ever to see a particular fossil of an animal that died tens of thousands of years ago is a joy that never gets old, and helping to tell their story is even better! I love sharing my enthusiasm for science with museum guests of all ages.

Karin RicePreparator

I'm a geologist by training with industry experience in environmental and engineering geology, and paleontological resource mitigation. I'm also a graduate student working on fault mapping in central Mongolia. I’ve always been drawn to natural history and fossils and have been lucky to have worked in paleontology since 2005: as a paleontological monitor on construction sites; as a fossil preparator in the Dino Lab at the Natural History Museum; and currently as an excavator for Project 23. Working on Project 23 is all about daily discovery.

Sean CampbellPreparator

I graduated from San Diego State University with a major in Anthropology with an emphasis in human osteology and a minor in geology.  After graduating from SDSU, I began volunteering at Rancho La Brea which combines my passion for osteology and geology.  I also interned at the Milwaukee Public Museum under the Anthropology department and volunteered with an Archaeology program under the Forest Service in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  As a Preparator, I have the extreme privilege of uncovering fossils and studying the skeletal structures of organisms from the distant past.  Working here broadens my horizons every day with new insights into paleontology, paleoecology and many other different fields of natural science.   I also love sharing everything I learn here with visitors from all over the world.