Scott Sampson, PhD

Vice President of Research & Collections and Chief Curator

Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and science communicator. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, and he has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar, Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

Sampson is currently serving as the lead researcher on a large-scale project in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, which has yielded abundant remains of a previously unknown assemblage of dinosaurs. Sampson has published numerous scientific and popular articles, and lectured extensively to audiences of all ages on many topics, including dinosaurs, evolution, and connecting people with nature.

In addition to his ongoing dinosaur research, Sampson is pursuing a range of new projects focused on science education. He was the primary scientific consultant and on-air host of the four-part Discovery Channel series Dinosaur Planet. He is presently serving the same pair of roles for the PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company. He was a lead science advisor for the BBC feature film Walking With Dinosaurs 3D. Sampson is the author of two general audience books: Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life (University of California Press, 2009); and How to Raise a Wild Child (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015). 

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