George E. Phillips
Since 2003, I have been the paleontology curator at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, Mississippi. The paleo program at MMNS consists of a staff of one (yours truly), and the paleo collections currently (2017) comprises 64,000 specimens of vertebrates, invertebrates (incl. ichnofossils), plants, and rock and mineral specimens from (largely) the Gulf Coastal Plain. The MMNS paleo program was initiated in 1978, when it became a subset of the museum's biological collections. Our biological collections, part of the Conservation & Biodiversity Section, dates back to the WPA days of the 1930s. As for me, most of my research focuses on Upper Cretaceous and Paleocene marine benthic macroinvertebrate communities, although, on occasion, I have a thing or two to say about animals with backbones.