Dr. Antoine Bercovici

Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Antoine Bercovici is a palynologist and sedimentologist from Paris, France. He is combining those two skills to read the fossil  pollen signature in rock outcrops in order to reconstruct ancient landscapes and interpret their evolution through time. Antoine has completed his Ph.D. from the University of Rennes in Britany, where he also perfected the art of flipping pancakes. He subsequently undertook a world tour of several postdoctoral appointments, in China, Sweden, and currently Washington DC at the Smithsonian Institution. Antoine’s love for dinosaurs came rather late, as he first had to exorcise his inner computer science nerd and explore his love of electronic engineering. In his early career he spent his time designing and building tesla coils and various electronic gadgets. After graduation from high school, he undertook a trip to North Dakota, where he got to live the life of a paleontologist. The badlands have been calling him every summer ever since.  This season Antione looks forward tothe company of his research colleagues and fieldwork-friends, the saporous North Dakota cuisine, and  spending time in the endless open space of what has now become his second hometown. Channeling his inner mad scientist this summer, Antoine plans to experiment with interacting high power lasers and tiny fossils in order to observe structures otherwise invisible to the naked eye.