Michael Novacek is Senior Vice President and Provost of the paleontology division of the American Museum of Natural History. His studies concern patterns of evolution and relationships among organisms, particularly mammals. His interests have ranged from paleontological evidence to new data on DNA sequences. He has led paleontological expeditions to Baja California, Mexico, the Andes Mountains of Chile, and the Yemen Arab Republic in search of fossil mammals and dinosaurs. He also is one of the team leaders of the joint American Museum of Natural History/Mongolian Academy of Sciences ongoing expeditions to the Gobi Desert, begun in 1990. In 1993, Novacek was one of the discoverers of the Gobi’s Ukhaa Tolgod, the richest Cretaceous fossil vertebrate site in the world. In 1999, he started a series of expeditions to Patagonia, Argentina, to research dinosaurs, mammals, and other fossils.
Dr. Novacek is the author of more than 150 titles, including articles in the international scientific journals “Science” and “Nature”. He is also a contributor to “Natural History” and “Scientific American”. His research has been supported by many agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, The Sloan Foundation, The Eppley Foundation, and the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX).