Museum Specialist, Department of Botany, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution

Gregory S. McKee

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Greg has worked in the Smithsonian Institution department of Botany for the past 28 years and is the technician in charge of the fern collection. He has collected plants in Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guyana, and Mongolia. While in Mongolia, Greg assisted Smithsonian Archaeologists with excavations on the Mongolian-American Deerstone project. He has also been on over 30 Paleontological expeditions on the East Coast of the US for Marine vertebrates from the Miocene and Paleocene eras.

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Greg McKee loves his ferns. He’s the acting curator of the fern collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Greg explains why studying plant material is relevant to archaeology, and how it helps to place a site in time and ecological space. Watch how he identifies specimens, and learn the importance of collecting data.

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