Paleontological research still often begins with grueling and careful field work, but there are many paleontologists who have never used a pickaxe and shovel in their research.
Roy E. Plotnick is a Professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1983. He was a Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturer from 2005-2008 a Paleontological Society Fellow in 2012, Geological Society of America Fellow in 2013, and an Edward P Bass Distinguished Environmental Visiting Scholar at the Yale Department of Geology and Geophysics in 2017. His research interests include invertebrate paleobiology, paleoecology, mathematical methods and models, fossil preservation, paleobiomechanics, and science education and outreach.