Over the past five years, Dane has been working as a science educator in Palo Alto. Where he teaches science, builds hands-on science programs, and mentors students. His passion is science! Prior to being a science educator Dane worked in the field of paleontology for 10 years. He worked on several paleontology projects focused on data collections and curatorial work with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In 2010, he was part of a major paleontological discovery in the state of Colorado’s history. Working with a team from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, we unearthed a treasure trove of fossils 30,000+ vertebrate fossils from mammoths, mastodons, camels, deer, bison, bear, and many other animals. The discovery of this ice age ecosystem drew news coverage from the New York Times, NOVA, and National Geographic. The fossil conifer cones from this discovery led to his graduate research at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.