Launching #UMEPP … With a Parade!

#UMEPP – The Uinta Mid-Eocene Paleobiology Project is a group of scientists studying the effects of climate change (specifically global warming) on mammals living in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States some 40-ish million years ago.

This page and blog is, of course, dedicated to disseminating some results of the overall project, but exists primarily as a means to show the non-scientific community what a large-scale research project looks like and how coordinating a large project among six (or more) institutions actually works.

This page was created in a hotel room in Vernal, UT on the evening of July 3, 2018. How amazing was it that the morning of July 4th, Vernal held a parade. We’d like to assume it was for us… we’re going to go with that.

But seriously, one of the joys of this kind of field project is the camaraderie developed among the principal investigators and the many, many volunteers who put in the time to make the research possible. Research in the Uinta Basin has been ongoing since.. well, probably before the 1990’s. But since the mid-1990’s some members of the project team have been active in the field.

We spend weeks camping together, eating together, digging together, and sweating together. We laugh together. Then once a week, we spend a night in Vernal, shower, and ignore each other until it’s time to go back to camp.

Today (the 4th of July) is our town day. And we got a parade. Here’s some highlights:

The beginning of the parade.
Firemen. Our heros currently working to protect local towns from raging wildfires.
Smokey Bear took time out of his busy schedule to say hi.
Dream ride.

Keep coming back to this site for updates on our research. We’re in the field for another week this summer, then head back to our home institutions to do the necessary lab work to continue our research.

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Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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