My name is Jonathan and I’ve been fascinated with paleontology and deep time for as long as I can remember. Even to this day, I marvel at the wondrous dimensions of extinct animals, I am still humbled by the ingenuity and fragility of life, and impressed by the efforts of paleontologists, past and present, to bring this knowledge to the general public. 

As someone who has studied public policy and international relations as a graduate student, I have grown to appreciate the role policy actors, institutions, legislation, and history have had on this field of study. The aim of this podcast is to explore the intersection of paleontology and public policy by speaking to the various individuals that make up this community.






Paleo policy focuses on the role that states, intergovernmental organizations, civil society groups, multi-national corporations, scientific institutions, non-profit organizations, public advocates, and individuals have in preserving, promoting, or protecting the remains of the prehistoric past.  


Examples of this Include: Public policy regarding national parks and national monuments, black market fossil smuggling interdiction efforts, community outreach by local museums, assessing the impact of climate change by studying the geologic past, grant funded research for earth science research and STEM education promotion, and the paleontological discoveries that redefined what we once knew about life on this earth.