Dr. Tony Fiorillo
As far back as he can remember, Anthony R. Fiorillo, Ph.D., wanted to do one of two things professionally: play center field for the New York Yankees or study dinosaurs. Much to the detriment of his parentsí retirement plans, he studies dinosaurs. He was born and raised in the northeast, received his bachelor of science from the University of Connecticut and his master of science from the University of Nebraska. He completed his Ph.D. work in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania, became the Rea Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and then a museum scientist at the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California-Berkeley.
Since 1995 Dr. Fiorillo has been the Curator of Earth Sciences at the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas. Though he has collected fossils throughout North America and parts of Asia, he has primarily worked in western Texas and Alaska. For him, the appeal of fieldwork in Alaska is the result of the combination of intellectual pursuit and the rigors of working in the Arctic environment.
Dr. Fiorillo is also an adjunct associate professor at Southern Methodist University in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. He chaired, co-chaired and served on the Education Committee of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology from 1996-2004. His work in over a dozen units of the National Park Service has earned national recognition. He was named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2008. Dr. Fiorillo has published over 100 scientific and popular papers.