Scott Sampson serves as executive director of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California. He is a dinosaur paleontologist, author, and science communicator. Sampson has published numerous scientific and popular articles and authored multiple books, including How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015). He regularly gives presentations to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from evolution and science to education and nature. Sampson is perhaps best known as “Dr. Scott the Paleontologist,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company.
Peter Roopnarine is the Curator of Geology at the California Academy of Sciences, where he has been since 1999. He holds degrees in Biology (B.Sc.), Oceanography (M.S.) and Geology (Ph.D.). His research is transdisciplinary, focusing on understanding the evolution of ecological systems, emphasizing paleontology, deep time, and perspectives on complexity dynamics. Most of his research these days centers around global change biology and how we can further develop our understanding of Earth's past ecosystems to better forecast our future.
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