This Wednesday, long-time VMNH paleontologist Nick Fraser flies to Britain to begin his new post as Keeper of Natural Sciences at the National Museum of Scotland.
Nick has been with VMNH for 17 years as Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and, more recently, Director of Research and Collections. His efforts have transformed VMNH into a major center for vertebrate paleontology research. His work on the Solite Quarry in Virginia has shown this site to be one of the world’s most important Triassic localities, and as a result of his field work VMNH now has one of the world’s best collections of Triassic insects and protorosaurs.
Nick has been my mentor and friend since I was an undergraduate student. We’ve been on excavations and field trips together all over Virginia and Wyoming, and we’ve co-authored three papers together. I wish him the very best in Edinburgh, and look forward to his future visits to the United States.