Smithsonian Staff

The Deep Time Team

Matt Carrano has been the Curator of Dinosauria in the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History since 2003. His research examines the evolutionary relationships of predatory dinosaurs, the paleoecology of Mesozoic ecosystems, and the quality of the terrestrial fossil record. He has conducted fieldwork from Montana and Wyoming to Madagascar, Chile and Zimbabwe, and brought thousands of new specimens to the NMNH collections.

Carrano received his B.Sc. in Geology-Biology from Brown University in 1991, followed by his M.Sc. (1995) and Ph.D. (1998) in Organismal Biology & Anatomy at the University of Chicago. Prior to working at the Smithsonian, he taught human anatomy and conducted postdoctoral research at Stony Brook University. He has published dozens of scientific papers, co-edited the book Amniote Paleobiology (University of Chicago Press, 2006), and served as co-editor of the journal Paleobiology from 2007–2010. Carrano has served such scientific organizations as the Jurassic Foundation, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Paleontological Society and Paleobiology Database ( In 1999 he created the Polyglot Paleontologist (, now the primary source for English translations of paleontological research papers.

At the NMNH, Carrano has been involved in numerous outreach, education and exhibit projects. He created “Dinosaurs in Our Backyard,” the first Smithsonian exhibit to feature fossils from the Washington, DC region, and was a featured curator in the temporary exhibit “Since Darwin: The Evolution of Evolution.” He is now the lead curator for the Deep Time exhibition, the first complete renovation of the paleontology halls in the museum’s history.

Siobhan Starrs is an Exhibition Developer and Project Manager in the Office of Exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, 1999-present. She has managed an array of exhibitions of all sizes, scales, and topics including climate change in the Arctic, atmospheric chemistry, soil science and the forensic anthropology of the Chesapeake region. Starrs has a B.A. in English and History from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. She previously interned in the Museum’s Anthropology Public Programs Office, the Smithsonian’s Office of Sponsored Projects doing grant research and writing, and for Dr. Gus van Beek in the Department of Anthropology working on pottery sherds from the Middle East.

Anna K. (Kay) Behrensmeyer is a Research Curator in the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, 1981 - present. Her research focuses on understanding the paleoecology of land environments over the past 300+ million years. Behrensmeyer has a B.A. in Geology from Washington University, St. Louis (1967) and a Ph.D. in Vertebrate Paleontology from the Department of Geosciences, Harvard University (1973). She served as Acting Associate Director for Science at NMNH from 1993-1996 and was appointed Senior Scientist in 2009. She has over 130 scientific publications and 6 edited books and has consulted on numerous exhibitions and public outreach projects. She was elected Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.