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J. J. Pickle Research Campus

Date: 02/08/2020

Start Time: 8:30 am
End Time: 3:00 pm

10100 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78758
United States
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We will meet at the JJ Pickle Research Campus.  Enter off Burnet Road on the Reed Granberry Trail.  Go straight down the road to the Parking lot number 216 (the very last parking lot on your right) is where we will all meet.


We will split into groups and cycle through visits to the following facilities. Our purpose is to show the research done with these collections and how individuals from CAMN can help with ongoing research at these places. 

  1. The Gault Archaeological collections
  2. The Texas Archaeological Research Lab
  3. The Non Vertebrate Paleontology Lab
  4. The Vertebrate Paleontology Lab
  5. The Reptile and Fish Collections Lab
  • A sack lunch
  • Personal water/beverages
  • Loupe or a hand lens
  • Dress for the weather. The attendees will be in and out of buildings (some without heat)
  • Camp chair – we will be meeting outside.

Dr. D. Clark Wernecke

Clark Wernecke is the Executive Director for the Gault School. Dr. Wernecke brings a unique blend of scholarship and experience to the project with degrees in history, business and anthropology. He has considerable experience in business and has specialized in the management of large archaeological projects. Dr. Wernecke has worked in the Middle East, Mesoamerica, the American Southeast and Southwest, and Texas. In addition to his work with the GSAR, he is currently working on archaeological data from the Mexican War and early Texas architecture.

Marybeth Tomka

Marybeth Tomka joined the staff of the TARL in July 2014 as the Head of Collections. Marybeth received her BA and MA from UT-Austin, and has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of cultural resource management. She spent six years with TRC, six years with TPWD, and as a work study and later employee at TARL’s former contracting arm. She formerly served on the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) staff where from July 2000-July 2014, Marybeth served in two major roles as the laboratory director for contract projects and as curator. She was the driving force to CAR’s 2006 acknowledgement as a THC certified repository coming as only the second institution to be certified. She also served as the technical lead for outreach field schools work with community volunteers at the National Park Service’s Spanish Colonial site of Rancho de Las Cabras in Wilson County from 2007 through 2012 and taught UTSA’s field school in 2008 and 2010. As an undergraduate, and then graduate student, Marybeth was a lab technician for the WS Ranch Project of the Anthropology Department under Jim Neely, and as a teacher’s assistant and area supervisor for the University of Texas (Austin) field school as part of her Master’s thesis research. Her research focused on the great kiva complex.

Lisa D Boucher

Curator and Director of Museum Operations for the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory

Chris Sagebiel

Collections manager at the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory


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