research focuses on the origin and evolution of birds. She has
worked extensively in South America, as well as in Asia to find
and document new fossil birds. With Chinese colleagues, she
identified the bird elements of the famously forged bird-dinosaur
‘missing link,’ Archaeoraptor, and described the
earliest fossil of a present-day bird lineage with Argentine
collaborators. Her background also made Dr. Clarke a natural
fit with the rest of the cast and crew of “Dinosaurs Alive!
3D”. She appears in the film as a researcher and expedition
participant, and served as a Science and Education Advisor.
to support from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Clarke
will be in Chattanooga talking to future scientists about
this new IMAX 3D film and her career in paleontology. The
Creative Discovery Museum’s Excavation Station will
be the stage for an exciting afternoon of delving into the
fossil records with children. Students from Chattanooga Middle
School’s “Museum Academy” will join a large
group from Girls Incorporated to meet Dr. Clarke in person.
She has prepared a dynamic and engaging presentation that
will cover her different expeditions, bone similarities between
birds and dinosaurs, and what a paleontologist carries in
a field kit.
dovetails nicely with Girls Inc.’s Operation SMART,
which emphasizes the study of science and math and pursuing
careers in those fields, as well as engineering and technology.
Sadly, far too many girls today still get the message that
math and science are not for them. Dr. Julia Clarke will be
a shining example for these young minds, that a career in
science can be fun and rewarding in a variety of ways.
Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the
natural world. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org
or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the
banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit
For more information: www.tnaqua.org