Hall of Fossils, Smithsonian Institute Private Guided Tour
The evolution and development of the carbon cycle has become critical to an understanding of energy. Dr. Scott Wing, Research Geologist and Curator of Paleobotany at the Smithsonian Institute, will lead NCAC members on a private, guided tour of the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils. During the tour, special attention will be given to energy science related aspects of the Hall, particularly the formation of fossil fuels and how they fit into the carbon cycle.
Dr. Wing is a noted Paleobiology expert with numerous publications on a Paleoecology, Cenozoic and Mesozoic paleoclimate, angiosperm history and systematics, and fossil plants of the Rocky Mountain region. He received his B.S. and Ph.D from Yale University.
The group will assemble at the north entrance of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History on Constitution Ave. NW and 10th Street, NW. Participants need to assemble at the location by 8:55 am or risk not being admitted.
Due to limited space, this visit is restricted to NCAC members and one guest per member.
Scott L. Wing was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised there and in Durham, North Carolina. He credits his childhood interest in biology to parents who encouraged him to play in the mud. He learned the wonder of geology and fossils on a paleontological expedition to Wyoming at the age of 17. Following college and graduate school at Yale University he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey before coming to the Smithsonian as a Curator of Fossil Plants in 1984. Since 2012 he has been on the team developing the Smithsonian’s “David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time.”