The Marks-Kucher Student bursary is intended to provide experience in vertebrate fieldwork for students in graduate or undergraduate palaeontology programs (students pursuing acceptance into a graduate or undergraduate palaeontology program may also apply).
This bursary consists of financial support to cover the program costs of either a one or two-day guided excavation experience in Dinosaur Provincial Park (DPP). The guided excavation program provides opportunities to gain valuable field experience with traditional techniques in one of the richest fossil locales in the world. In association with the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, and with an experienced palaeontological technician as your guide, the practical knowledge and insights you gain will be of value to you for the rest of your career.
This is an opportunity to participate in an authentic and systematic ceratopsian bonebed excavation that provides specimens for ongoing research conducted by the RTMP (Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology). A regular program day is 7 hours long (9 AM to 4 PM) and requires participants to be outdoors for the majority of that time. Please check the weather to ensure you are dressed comfortably for the conditions. Also, please note that this program can be rained out. When the badlands are wet, access to the site is impossible.
The day begins at the Dinosaur Provincial Park Visitor Centre where you will be met by David Lloyd (the park’s palaeontological technician and the program lead) for an orientation to the park, fossils, and the research project. You will also receive training before your work in the quarry begins to ensure proper techniques are employed. The day will likely include some hiking and prospecting for new fossil finds. All tools are supplied and lunch is provided.
If you are awarded the two-day excavation bursary, your bursary will cover accommodations and most meals.
Successful applicants will be contacted by email by May 15, 2019 and will be informed if they have qualified for a 1 or 2-day excavation program. Transportation to the Park, accommodations and any other related expenses are the responsibility of the student if they are not stated as included in the bursary award. Students should consult the Guided Excavation schedule on-line at https://atms.ablerta.ca/dpp/default.aspx for program availability before contacting bursary administrator Amber Dekam Amber.Dekam@gov.ab.ca. Two-day bursaries may be applied to either current scheduled 2-day programs or a combination of available 1-day programs, i.e.: 1-day Guided Excavation plus 1 day Fossil Prospecting Program.
Questions may be directed to David.Lloyd@gov.ab.ca
Applications can be submitted to Amber.Dekam@gov.ab.ca
Dinosaur Provincial Park is located 48 kilometres northeast of Brooks, Alberta.
Gretchen Marks and Ken Kucher proudly support the Guided Excavation Program.
Camping facilities are available onsite and bookable through www.reserve.AlbertaParks.ca
There are also hotels and B&B’s in the Brooks area and within the County of Newell.
Arrangements for additional tours or extended stays are the responsibility of the student.