Assistant Director, Museum of Geology - Danielle Serratos
Danielle J. Serratos is the Assistant Director of the Museum
of Geology in Rapid City at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
She earned a B.S. in Geology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC)
in 2011. She earned her M.S. in Paleontology from the University of Alaska
Fairbanks (UAF) in 2015, receiving the National Science Foundation GK-12
Fellowship. Her thesis was the description and phylogenetic analysis of a new
genus of elasmosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Bearpaw Shale in
Montana, U.S.A. Danielle worked for the National Science Foundation-supported
STEPPE (Sedimentary Geology, Time, Environment, Paleontology, Paleoclimatology,
and Energy) Coordinating Office before joining the SDSM&T staff in October
Currently, Danielle is involved with the ePANDDA (Enhancing
Paleontological and Neontological Data Discovery API) project that is working
cyberinfrastructure that will connect three established, well-supported, and
critically important data sources: iDigBio, iDigPaleo, and the Paleobiology
Database. She is also active with the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, the
Paleontological Society, and the Geological Society of America.
Danielle is an avid supporter of public education and
outreach. While living in Fairbanks, Alaska, she created the Discover Science
Expo for Kids! outreach event that brought students and faculty from every
science department at UAF, museum staff from the Museum of the North and the
Children’s Museum, the Lathrop High Robotics Team, and the Mobile Planetarium
to Fort Wainwright to host a STEM fair aimed at reaching children and adults
from local military families.
As the Assistant Director of the Museum of Geology, it is
Danielle’s responsibility to oversee the public aspects of the Museum. This
includes maintaining and updating exhibit displays, overseeing student workers
at the Museum, managing the Museum gift shop, creating and coordinating paleontological
education and outreach events, and managing tours of the Museum.