Who we are
The Department of Earth Sciences (DES) focuses on specimen and field-based research in paleontology, paleoecology, and paleoclimatology of the Rocky Mountain region and the geology and mineralogy of Colorado. The department contains seven recognized collections: mineral micromounts; gems and minerals; rocks; meteorites; and fossil vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. These collections are the core of two permanent Museum exhibits: Prehistoric Journey and Coors Mineral Hall. There are currently 11 full and part-time staff in DES and nearly 240 volunteers working on research, collections, and in the Prehistoric Journey exhibit.
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