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Javier Mateo-Vega

Javier Mateo-Vega

Research Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Kayla de Freitas

Kayla de Freitas

Secretary, South Rupununi Conservation Society

Kayla de Freitas serves as the secretary for the South Rupununi Conservation Society.

Mike Braun

Mike Braun

Research Scientist, National Museum of Natural History

Mike Braun is a research scientist in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History.

Inside the tent at night, 3D scanning MPC 677, the most complete fossil rorqual from Cerro Ballena, in 2011. Photo Credit Smithsonian Institution

Adam Metallo

3D Program Officer, Smithsonian Digitization Program Office

Before joining the 3D team at Smithsonian, Adam Metallo worked at the Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Central, where he developed workflows that integrate 3D technologies with traditional museum model making. In 2010 he began spending most of his time quietly sneaking up on inanimate objects to digitize them in 3D for the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office.

Photographer taking photos of fossils in desert

Vincent Rossi

3D Program Officer, Smithsonian Digitization Program Office

Vince works as a 3D Program Officer for the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office - building 3D capacity, developing 3D workflows and trying to live life to the fullest.


Nicholas Pyenson (Nick)

Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals, National Museum of Natural History

Nick Pyenson is a vertebrate paleontologist who studies how marine life changes over incredibly long periods of time.In the span of geologic time, many different lineages of families of reptiles and mammals independently entered the oceans, showing both common patterns and unique solutions to the challenges of living in the water. The knowledge that paleontology provides us about the natural world can help us understand the magnitude of changes to biodiversity as a result of climate changes over time.  


Aron Crowell

Director, Smithsonian Institution's Arctic Studies Center

Aron Crowell is an Arctic anthropologist and the Alaska Director of the Smithsonian Institution's Arctic Studies Center.

Amy D'Amico

Amy D’Amico

Division Director of Professional Services, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Amy D’Amico works at the Smithsonian Science Education Center as the Division Director of Professional Services. She oversees Professional Development and Leadership Development initiatives.