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Interview with Paleontologist Victor Perez

Paleontologist Victor Perez

Area of Focus: Sharks

Institution: University of Florida

1. How did you become interested in Paleontology?

I visited the Calvert Marine Museum when I was six years old and got my first shark tooth from their discovery room. This led to me starting my own personal collection, which drove my interests in paleontology.



2. Explain the aspect of Paleontology that you focus on.

My research interests are broad. My main focus has been on reconstructing environments using fossils and chemistry; however, I'm also interested in ecology, anatomy, and science education.



3. What do you do in the course of a day as a Paleontologist?

My days vary a lot. Sometimes I'm in the field all day and other days I'm in a chemistry lab or a classroom. One of the reasons I love paleontology is that I rarely do the same thing day after day.



4. What was your favorite discovery or field experience?

I've been fortunate to have many great field experiences. My favorite place I've done field work is probably Panama. Simply because I know many of the places I've gone in Panama have never been collected by anyone before me.



5. Is there anything else you want to say about being a Paleontologist?

Paleontologists do lots of different things-from teaching in museums to working for oil companies. If you have a passion, or even just a curiosity, for paleontology you should look up your local paleontology club and get involved!


Victor Perez working a Pleistocene site in the Bahamas

Victor Perez examining fossils along a beach.



Interview with a Paleontologist - Victor Perez

Victor Perez working in his Paleo-Lab at the University of Florida.
Victor also works with the The FOSSIL Project based out of the University of Florida.




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