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 2016.

Currently, Danielle is involved with the ePANDDA (Enhancing Paleontological and Neontological Data Discovery API) project that is working to develop 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.

Summer Hours

(beginning Memorial Day)

Monday-Saturday: 9 AM -- 6 PM     
Closed: Sundays and Independence Day

Winter Hours

(beginning Labor Day)

Monday-Saturday: 8:30 AM -- 4 PM 
Closed: Sundays and Federal Holidays


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