Hi! I’m Ashley Hall and I am hopelessly fascinated with the natural world.
Currently, I’m a part-time Museum Educator and Volunteer in the Paleobotany Collection at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a focus of Faunal Osteology and a certification in Animal Behavior through the Center for Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB). Working under archaeologist Dr. Laura Schieber, I spent 4 years identifying fractured faunal osteological elements found at Proto-historic archaeological sites in Kansas. During my internship through CISAB at the Los Angeles Zoo, I assisted in the feeding and cleaning of the zoos MANY birds, including the California condor breeding program, which was an incredible experience to be involved with.
During my professional career, I’ve been an educator at several accredited zoos and museums, including the Potawatomi Zoo in Indiana and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. At the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, California, I worked as Assistant Curator under Dr. Andrew A. Farke where I cataloged, curated, and identified several thousand Bureau of Land Management fossils and assisted in fieldwork.
Because my background is so diverse, I call myself a naturalist. (What else would you call me?) My background includes archaeology, faunal osteology, paleontology, animal behavior, museum curation, paleontological fieldwork, art, and education.
In the future, I’m looking to pursue a Masters or PhD in paleontology. My research interests include Mesozoic fauna (dinosaurs, pterosaurs..), taphonomy, paleobiology, and animal behavior.
Thanks, and enjoy!