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PortraitJean-Pierre Cavigelli
Prep Lab Manager, Collections Manager, Field Trip Organizer at the Tate Geological Museum
Casper College

JP Cavigelli was born back east in the summertime, of Swiss immigrant parents (from the type Jurassic area). He is prep lab manager, collections manager and field trip organizer at that Tate Geological Museum. As a biology major at the University of Chicago, JP also became interested in paleontology, although way too late to get a degree in it. This led him to a summer spent in Wyoming (mostly in the Big Horn Basin) in 1983 doing field work in search of small Cretaceous mammal teeth with a University of Wyoming team. JP fell in love with Wyoming but left for a five year adventure in fun and poverty as a ski bum and whitewater rafting guide in Colorado and Australia. JP came back to Wyoming in 1990 to be part of a paleo field crew at the UW again. He stayed in Laramie working off and on in paleontology for 14 years, doing field work as well as a two year post as the Collections Manager for the UW's Dept. of Geology and Geophysics. He also was a fossil outfitter, running Western Paleo Safaris for six years. For the past 15 years, JP has been doing freelance fossil preparation in his basement. He has had the good fortune of having been invited to join international paleontological expeditions to Mongolia, Niger, Tanzania and North Dakota. He has lived in Casper for 8 years since he started working at the Tate Museum. In addition to his fossil addiction, JP enjoys traveling, birdwatching and playing hockey.

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