2016 Governing Body


Lisa L. Herzog

Operations Manager, Paleontology

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Vice President

Vanessa Rhue

Assistant Collection Manager

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County


Adam Behlke

Museum Technician

Smithsonian Institution


Deborah Wagner

Preparator, VPL

University of Texas - Austin

Past President

Matthew A. Brown

Head of Collections, Vertebrate Paleontology

Lecturer, Department of Geological Science

Jackson School of Geosciences

The University of Texas at Austin

Membership Secretary

Ana Balcarcel

Senior Principal Preparator

American Museum of Natural History

Member at Large

Conni O'Connor

Museum Technician

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Member at Large

Vicen Carrio

Geology Conservator

National Museums Scotland

Ethics Statement

With the understanding that paleontological localities, collected specimens, and associated records represent an irreplaceable resource; members of AMMP will work actively for the preservation and long-term access to paleontological specimens, collections, and records.  All actions of the member should be informed by respect for the specimens in their care and members will strive to make informed decisions based on the best of current knowledge to select materials and methods that do not adversely affect the specimen or its possibilities for future research.  An AMMP member will act with transparency, honesty and respect in all professional relationships.

Charter and Bylaws

The AMMP is a non-profit organization of persons interested in the field of paleontological collections care and methodology. This includes conservation, preparation, sampling, and collection of fossil animal remains. Members have the desire to maintain and further the profession through increased communication with peers, and encouraging others with the desire and capabilities to enter the profession. Members promote better understanding of the profession by the general public and those persons requiring such services and increase the respect for the profession by maintaining and encouraging high standards of competence and ethics.

Education and advocacy to improve ethics, standards, and practices in paleontology