03/05/2013 06:48 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Girls In STEM: Let's Talk About Paleontology

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Last week we spotlighted five amazing STEM mentors and mentees that have chosen to participate in HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. We'll be following these 10 inspiring women for the next few weeks while we explore STEM careers, mentorship and education, and the issues that women face in STEM fields -- and we want you to join us.

On March 6th at 11am EST, NMHU postdoctoral fellow Kate Ziegler and University of Oregon senior Amy Atwater will be joining us to talk about studying and working in paleontology in a live-streaming Google+ Hangout. In this hangout, we'll be asking them about their research and how to advance in this field, as well as beginning to tackle some broader questions around women in STEM.

More about our paleontology mentorship pair:

Kate owns her own geologic consulting firm where she's recently been hired by two companies to walk potential pipeline corridors and check for significant fossil resources. One of the many projects she's working on is a revision of the timing of the Miocene-Pliocene Ogallala Formation in New Mexico and Kansas. Her master's thesis was a taphonomic project on a Late Triassic bone bed full of reptiles and early dinosaurs.

Amy is a senior at the University of Oregon Honors College, where she's busy working away on her undergraduate thesis on omomyids, an extinct taxa of basal primates from the Eocene, and understanding the evolution and extinction of this primate group in the context of North American climate change in the Paleogene. To do this research she has been measuring a lot of teeth, which tell a lot about an animal's lifestyle. She also started an awesome blog about women in paleontology.