Matt Hess grew up in Denver, Colorado and has had a passion for geology and paleontology from a very young age. At the age of 3, Matt told his paleontologist grandfather, Reuben J. Ross Jr., that “one-day he was going to dig up dinosaurs with lots of money,” to which his grandfather replied, “you’re going to need it!”
Matt attended Regis Jesuit High School in the Denver Metro area. Matt recently graduated from Colorado College where he majored in geology and played lacrosse on the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team. Outside of academics, Matt enjoys skiing, camping, and playing and coaching lacrosse. Working with the Museum this summer is a life-long dream come true for Matt and he's eager to start finding those dinosaurs he told his Grandfather about. This summer he will be assisting with data collection and record keeping for the K/T Boundary project.
Matt loves meeting other scientists and learning about their careers and research projects. He's looking forward to meeting all of the other collaborator teams and hanging out with them during the 4th of July celebration in Marmarth.