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The Real Seattle Underground: Rocks, Fossils, and the Future of the Pacific Northwest

Add to Calendar Meany Hall, UW Campus
Fri., Jan. 31, 2014 | 7 pm
FREE for all; Pre-registration recommended

Seattle rocks! Literally. Uncover Seattle’s curious geology, elusive fossils, and what recent discoveries mean for the future of our region during a special talk with paleontologist Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and Seattle native.

Inspired by fossils and other specimens from the Burke Museum’s collections, Dr. Johnson will shed light on the unique role of natural history museums, how they help to solve the mysteries of the deep past, and how they are increasingly changing the way we look at the future.

FREE FOR ALL, pre-registration is recommended. Click on the "Register Now" button to sign up and for an event reminder.

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About Kirk Johnson:
A Seattle native, Kirk Johnson first became interested in fossils at the age of 6. When he was 12, he met experts at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture who showed him the inner workings of the museum and inspired him to become a paleontologist. After receiving a PhD in geology and paleobotany from Yale University, he spent much of his career at  Denver Museum of Nature & Science where he led expeditions around the world that led to the discovery of more than 1400 fossil sites. In 2012, he became the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the second most visited museum in the world.

"Once you see what science is, then there’s no stopping you,” he said. “If you hold onto your childhood curiosity, then every day is amazing."

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