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Amy Atwater

Amy Atwater is a Curator and Museum Specialist with the USGS Geological Materials Repository

Amy has been with the USGS since the spring of 2022. She oversees the management and curation of the Geological Materials Repository (GMR) and assists the Core Research Center with customer support. Amy primarily works with the legacy and scientific working collections stored in the D-Bay of the GMR. Her background is in geology, paleontology, science communication, and collection management. Prior to joining the USGS, Amy was the Paleontology Collections Manager and Registrar for Museum of the Rockies. She also has worked with multiple National Park units. Her research interests are in Cenozoic mammal evolution with a focus on Eocene primate diversification as a tool for conservation biology.

Professional Experience

  • Museum Technician, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, OR (2021)

  • Paleontology Collections Manager – Registrar, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (2017-2021)

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin (2014 – 2017)

  • Publicity Editor for the journal Palaeo-Electronica (2013-2019)

  • Physical Science Technician, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK (2013)

  • Park Ranger, Arches National Park, Moab, UT (2010-2011)

  • Collections Assistant, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon (2010-2013)

Education and Certifications

  • M.A., Physical Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin (2017)

  • B.S., Geological Sciences major, Anthropology minor, University of Oregon Clark Honors College (2013)

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