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Patrick Leiggi


Patrick Leiggi, Director of Paleontology

Patrick Leiggi, Director of PaleontologyPat Leiggi's life-long interest in paleontology started in Guyot Hall at the Princeton University Museum of Natural History as a child. Later he attended Windham College in Putney, Vermont where he studied philosophy, political science, and music, but in 1977 his interest in paleontology was renewed when he met paleontologist Jack Horner, who was working for Dr. Donald Baird, Director of the Princeton University Museum of Natural History. After volunteering for three years in the fossil preparation laboratory, Pat was hired as Assistant Curator.

In 1983, he went to the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia to help develop and build its new dinosaur hall. Upon completion of the project in 1985, Pat rejoined Jack at the Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University where they built the paleo program that today enjoys a national and international reputation. In 2016, he became Director of Paleontology, Exhibits, and MOR Exhibitions. After Horner’s retirement, Pat began transforming the paleontology department for the future by expanding its research and collecting focus and adding to the paleo staff which has grown to eight professionals.

Pat is best known for leading the Wankel T. rex dinosaur excavation in 1990. The specimen is now called the Nation’s T. rex and will be on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. He also produced a series of nationally and internationally traveling paleontology exhibits for MOR.

Pat initiated and led an 18-year effort to pass The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, 2009, federal legislation that protects fossils on America’s federal lands, He edited and authored the collaborative technical volume, Vertebrate Paleontological Techniques, P. Leiggi & P. May, 1994, Cambridge University Press, and in recent years has initiated several global community engagement projects, most notably the Kumamoto Montana Natural Science Museum Association in Japan.
 

PUBLICATIONS

Leiggi, P., Ancell, C., 2016: Sharing Montana with the World: The Museum of the Rockies Engaging Communities in Kumamoto, Japan, Gallatin Valley Life, 2016-2017 Issue.

Leiggi, P., Breithaupt, B., 2009: The Story of Big Al: Saving a Dinosaur for the Future,  Wyoming Geological Survey Publications, 71 pgs.

Leiggi, P. and May, P., Editors, 1994: Vertebrate Paleontological Techniques, Volume One; Cambridge University Press, New York, 344 pgs.

Leiggi, P., May, P., 1994: Introduction to Vertebrate Paleontological Techniques, Volume One; In Vertebrate Paleontological Techniques, Volume One; Editors Leiggi, P. and May, P.; Cambridge University Press; pgs. 1-2.

Leiggi, P., Schaff, C. R., May, P., 1994: Macrovertebrate Collecting, Field Organization and Specimen Collecting; In Vertebrate Paleontological Techniques, Volume One; Editors Leiggi, P. and May, P.; Cambridge University Press; pgs. 59-76.

May, P., Reser, P., Leiggi, P., 1994: Laboratory Preparation, Macrovertebrate  Preparation; In Vertebrate Paleontological Techniques, Volume One; Editors

Leiggi, P. and May, P.; Cambridge University Press; pgs. 113-128.

Leiggi, P., 1994: Reprinted: Protecting Vertebrate Fossils on Public Lands: Saving the Earth's Library; Partners in Paleontology Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Fossil Resources, pgs. 116-118.

Leiggi, P., 1993: Protecting Vertebrate Fossils on Public Lands: Saving the Earth's Library; National Geographic Research and Exploration, pgs. 8-11.

Leiggi, P., 1992: The Vertebrate Paleontological Resources Protection Act/Senate Bill3107. Fossils for the Future, Northern Plains Governors' Conference.

Makela, R and Leiggi, P., 1989: Reinventing the Wheel; Curator: 32/2; pgs. 123-130.

Leiggi, P., 1989: The Use of Vinyl Polysiloxanes and Quick Setting Epoxies in Paleontology; Journal of Paleontology: 63 (2); 256.

Leiggi, P., 1987: A Few Points To Make, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Bulletin: 140; pg. 49.
 

PRESENTATIONS

  • 2015 - Montana-Kumamoto Museum Collaborations: Why Partnerships are Important to our Communities, Mifune Dinosaur Museum, Mifune, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 2014 - “Dinosaurs: From Discovery to Exhibition, ”Amakusa Geo Park, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 2012 - “Dinosaurs: From Discovery to Exhibition,” Mifune Dinosaur Museum, Mifune, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 2007 - “Thoughts and Comments Regarding the New Siebel Dinosaur Complex,” Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT
  • 2003  - “The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act,” Western State Commissioners Conference, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT
  • 2002 - “Preserving the Past: Collecting Fossils on Public Land,” Bureau of Land Management Conference, Billings, MT
  • 1999 - “Museums and Publicly Owned Collections: Partnerships and Entrepreneurial Approaches to Collections Care, AAM, Cleveland, OH
  • 1996 - “Dinosaurs: Their Enjoyment and Conservation,” Dino Fest, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • 1995 - “Preserving the Past,” Western State Commissioners Conference, Choteau, MT
  • 1995 - “Museum Research and Collections: Partnerships and Entrepreneurial Approaches,” American Association of Museums Conference
  • 1993 - “Fossil Hunting in Montana,” Bradley University, Peoria, IL
  • 1992 - “The Vertebrate Paleontological Resources Protection Act,” North American Paleontology Conference, Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • 1992 - “The Vertebrate Paleontological Resources Protection Act,” Governor’s Conference, Rapid City, SD
  • 1992 - “Digging up Tyrannosaurus rex,” Bradley University, Peoria, IL
  • 1991 - “Principles of Evolution In Paleontology,” Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT
  • 1990 - “The Art of Preserving Fossil Resources for Research, Collections and Exhibition.” Montana Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT
  • 1989 - “A New T. rex from Garfield County,” Jordan Community Presentation, Jordan, MT
  • 1989 - A New T. rex Discovery, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT
  • 1988 - “The Use of Vinyl Polysiloxanes in Paleontology, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting,  Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
  • 1986 - “Reinventing the Wheel,” Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1986 - “Developing the Academy’s New Dinosaur Hall,” Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA 


AFFILIATIONS

Member, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Member, Geological Society of America

Vice President, Kumamoto Montana Natural Science Museum Association


AWARDS

  • Joseph T. Gregory Award: For outstanding service to the welfare of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the field of vertebrate paleontology. 2010 SVP Annual Meetings, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Milestones in Service Award, Montana State University, 2016