2024 Board of Director Candidates


Patrick Wilson Office of President for the 2024 AMMP Board of Directors Election

Background

I am a Ph.D. candidate at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where I study dietary proxies, such as microwear and stable isotopes, and their application in the fossil record. Over the past eight years, I have been a

physical science technician in paleontology responsible for discovering and documenting fossil localities, a paleontology monitor in charge of finding and recovering fossil material during active construction activities for various government entities, a graduate teaching assistant in charge of developing and delivering educational content for undergraduate laboratory students, field instructor in charge of teaching museum visitors the basics of paleontology and how to do

basic preparation using hand tools, and a crew member and crew leader of multiple paleontology inventory survey crews. These opportunities have allowed me to develop and hone my skills as a team member and a team leader,

which is vital to serving in a leadership position in AMMP.

During the past decade, I have had numerous opportunities to observe and serve on different Board of Directors and committees for different organizations including my current position as Member-at-Large and active membership on the Annual Meeting Committee for AMMP. Over the last six consecutive years of actively serving on AMMP’s Annual Meeting Committee, I have seen the steady progress in our organization with regards to the standardization of methods and the education and inclusion of individuals of all skill levels who are excited to learn preparatory techniques. I have served as the co-chair for the Abstract subcommittee and the chair of the Workshops subcommittee. All of these positions have given me the chance to see the inner workings of our organization and has provided me with the insight necessary to better serve our organization as a whole.

Reason for Running

Being a researcher that relies on knowledge of preparation techniques being used and an aspiring curator, I find it vital to know and understand what practices should and should not be done in the preparation laboratory. I feel AMMP is meant to provide a way to openly discuss scientific principles and case studies in relation to materials and methods in paleontology, increase the standardization of laboratory practices, and be an advocate for fair acknowledgement. While our organization has made progress towards its mission, I feel like it still has a long way to go. This organization is made and run by people who are passionate about paleontology and are constantly seeking the best way to conquer the challenges that fossils can present. My vision for AMMP includes increasing the participation and input of ALL of the membership, increasing our committees’ activity, and pushing our organization to grow and thrive. 

Clear and consistent communication from the Board of Directors is vital for the success of any organization. I want to help our organization meet our mission and goals by actively engaging the membership and brainstorming ideas with our committees to develop content and meaningful policies that will help our organization thrive and grow. I feel that one of the best ways to develop the communication between the membership as a whole and the Board of Directors is to become involved and listen to the voice of the membership and the committees via the President position.