Mike Getty

Chief Fossil Preparator, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Growing up in Western Canada, Mike Getty found a love for paleontology early in life. On trips to the badlands of Calgary he developed an interest in the narrative of ancient life in North America and a skill for finding the fossil clues that tell that story. Mike went to Undergraduate and Graduate School at the University of Calgary in Alberta and lead large-scale quarrying efforts in the world famous Dinosaur Park Formation, uncovering the remains of entire herds of Centrosaur dinosaurs.  Eventually taking a position at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Mike began to unlock the secrets of the great dinosaur sites in the American West. Evidence of his impact on the field of North American vertebrate paleontology can be seen in Museum galleries, and collections facilities world wide. One of the great quarrymen of his time, Mike’s contributions have been recognized by his researcher colleagues, who have named an entire dinosaur species after him as tribute to his incredible career. Utahceratops gettyi bears Mike’s name in every repository world wide which has holdings from field work in the American west.  

Currently residing at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Chief Preparator Mike Getty shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. He continues to manage one of the largest field teams in the country in their ambitious pursuit to understand ancient life through fossils, as well as organizing 100’s of volunteer preparators in the Denver fossil lab. Look for Mike Getty to produce countless more incredible fossil finds in the coming seasons, and if you are in Denver stop by the museum’s exhibit “Prehistoric Journey” where you will likely spot him in his lab preparing North America’s coolest dinosaurs.  

This  field season, Mike and his hairless dog, Javalina look forward to camp life where they are right at-home under a canopy of stars enjoying the company of fellow researchers, and volunteers and recharging themselves for another day of discovery.