La Brea Tar Pits museum will remain closed until further notice. The park at La Brea Tar Pits is currently open and visitors can currently see paleontologists working at our excavation site weekly.  See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Regan E. Dunn

Assistant Curator, Rancho La Brea

Dr. Regan Dunn is an Assistant Curator at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. She is a paleobotanist whose research seeks to understand the interplay between climate, plants and animal evolution through time. She studies phytoliths, pollen, leaf fossils and wood to reconstruct ancient vegetation structure and composition. She has a PhD in Biology from the University of Washington, a M.S. in Botany from the University of Wyoming, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University.

She recently completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one at the University of Wyoming and another at the Field Museum of Natural History. She has extensive field experience having worked in the Western U.S. (Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, Oregon), and in Central and South America.

She has worked for the National Park Service as a Geologist and has extensive work experience in museums including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in Kimberly, Oregon, the Burke Museum of Nature and Culture in Seattle, WA, and the Field Museum in Chicago, IL. Her work at La Brea Tar Pits focuses on understanding vegetation and vegetation change over the last 50,000 years in the Los Angeles Basin.

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