Who we are
The Department of Earth Sciences (DES) focuses on specimen and field-based research in paleontology and geology, with emphasis in the Rocky Mountain region. The department contains seven recognized collections: minerals (including gems & micromounts), 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, in collections and labs, and in the Prehistoric Journey exhibit.