I’m Brittney Stoneburg (@brittandbone
), a science communicator, vertebrate paleontologist (in training!), and the Marketing and Events Specialist for the Western Science Center (@westernsciencecenter
), a natural history museum in Hemet, CA. Along with @paleoparadox
I’m also a cofounder of @cosplayforscience
I have an unusual background for someone who works in paleontology - I actually graduated from college with a B.A in English! I’ve loved museums and paleontology since I was little, but I didn’t have great math grades and was encouraged to pursue a career in something other than science. After college however I took a trip to the famous La Brea Tar Pits (@labreatarpits
) and knew right then and there that, no matter what I had to do to make it happen, I wanted to work in a museum.
I began volunteering for the Western Science Center in 2015 and was hired on two months later! Now I handle all of the museum’s social media, events, and more. My job is definitely a “many hats” sort of situation; one day I could be creating content for our website, and another day I could be taking a mastodon jaw to get CT scanned! It’s a great marriage between my love of paleontology and my background in the humanities - I think having a degree in English has really helped me bring a different perspective to science communication. .
Considering how much classical literature I studied in college, I am super interested in the intersection of mythology, narrative, and science, as well as bringing seemingly dissimilar communities together to celebrate paleontology (such as Cosplay for Science and in my own job at the museum.
I am also currently doing research into local Pleistocene vertebrates to determine environmental changes, as well as 3D scanning the fossils from that collection to accompany the paper (open access, y’all!). .
A special thank you to @dan_the_biology_man
for putting together this amazing community of science communicators!