Barbara Beasley

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Photo of Barbara Beasley sitting at the mount of a cave.

Barb Beasley is a paleontologist with the USDA Forest Service.  She received B.S. from University of Tennessee at Martin, TN in 1988, in Geosciences with a concentration in Geology and received a M.S. from Fort Hays State University, Hays KS, in 1993, in Earth Sciences with concentration in Vertebrate Paleontology. Barb was hired by U.S. Forest Service in a student coop position in 1992 located on the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands (1st paleontologist in Department of Agriculture) and became a permanent employee in 1994. Barb has remained on the Nebraska, with her area of responsibility increasing to the current position of Minerals and Geology Management Staff; Paleontologist, Detached Washington Office. Her area of responsibility now includes National Forests and National Grasslands in Regions 1, 6, 9 and 10; and the northern portion of Region 2.

Some of Barb’s duties include assisting the Forest Service staff with paleontological work such as permits, partnerships with State and Federal Agencies, Law Enforcement, training, agency policy development, and development of a national paleontological database. Barb also leads volunteer paleontological excavations on USFS lands and fossil preparation projects with partnering museums.

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