Our museums remain closed due to COVID-19. While LA County Public Health has entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, allowing for the reopening of museums on June 12, our museums are still slowly welcoming back staff and are in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in our galleries and gardens. Therefore, we will not be reopening until later in the summer. Sign up here to be the first to know when we will safely re-open to the public and in the meantime, stay connected from home.

Libby Ellwood

Postdoctoral Fellow, Rancho La Brea

Dr. Ellwood's ecological research occurs at the intersection of climate change, conservation, and citizen science. She works to understand past systems while conducting contemporary research to see how these systems have changed and how they may continue to change in the future. This research depends on historical or ancient information and citizen scientists are playing an increasing role in making such data available. Dr. Ellwood completed a postdoctoral position with iDigBio at Florida State University where she worked to engage the public in digitizing specimens and data contained in natural history collections. In her current position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at La Brea Tar Pits she is part of "A mouse's eye view of Rancho La Brea" project to reconstruct paleo food webs. Specifically, she is developing educational resources to involve students in sorting microfossils that will inform us of the small mammals and plants that comprised ecosystems here 50-30,000 years ago.

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