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Paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the plant.
He is the founding Dean of the School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University and Director of the Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park, sited on a quarry with a rich cache of marine fossils that Lacovara is using to engage visitors in the thrill of exploration and to shed light on the calamitous events that wiped out the dinosaurs.
He is a popular public speaker and the author of Why Dinosaurs Matter, winner of a Nautilus Book Award.
Speaking at Green Museums Summit 2023:
The Edelman Fossil Park Museum aims to build community around the themes of discovery and responsible stewardship of the planet, so its building must fully embrace those values. Under construction now, it will be New Jersey’s largest public net zero facility—no fossil fuels will be combusted for museum operations and no greenhouse gasses will be released into the atmosphere. Located in an active dinosaur dig site with a literal view into the devastation of mass extinction, the building looks to the future in the age of the Anthropocene. Hear from Director Dr. Kenneth Lacovara and architect Thomas Wong about the process to get there, and the conversations museums should be having with their architects about green building design.