Assistant Director, Museum of Geology - Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis 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 Environmental Science with minors in Geology and Biology at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, in 2011. While pursuing her B.S. degree, Taylor was a student member of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) where she presented her first authored research, Comparison of Piedmont Clay Complexity and Carbon and Nitrogen Released at Various Temperature Intensities Through Simulated Wildfires, in December 2014 at the AGU Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, under the stewardship of Dr. Scott Werts of Winthrop University's Geology Department. Before joining the Museum of Geology, Taylor was the Summer Camps Coordinator/Admissions Counselor for the Admissions Office at SD Mines (2015-2018), where she worked closely with Dr. Darrin Pagnac and Dr. Kurt Katzenstein of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering while organizing the Fossils and Geology Rocks! summer camps.

Currently, Taylor is actively involved with her campus and community by participating in several committees and programs, to include: Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Education and Career Development Sub-Committee-Chair (2016-Current), Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee (2016-2017), SD Mines Non-Faculty Exempt Council-Chair (2018-2019), SD Mines Freshman Scholarship Committee (2015-2018), SD Mines Summer Camps Scholarship Committee-Chair (2015-2018), and the SD Mines Strategic Planning Committee Outreach and Engagement Sub-Group (2018).

Taylor is an avid supporter of public education, outreach and civic engagement, and is eager to increase community outreach opportunities for the Rapid City community and surrounding areas. Her ultimate goal is to help cultivate a passion for STEM education in children and other members of the community, just as she has for herself. 

As the Assistant Director of the Museum of Geology, it is Taylor’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 and geological education and outreach events, and managing tours of the Museum. 




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