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Dr. Danita Brandt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University, where she teaches a range of paleobiology and geology courses, and an adjunct curator at the MSU Museum. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois, the University of Cincinnati, and Yale University respectively. Channeling her passion for invertebrates, her fieldwork and research focus on fossilized arthropods, their evolution and extinction, paleobiology, paleoecology, and trace fossils.

At Michigan State University, she is a driving force behind the museum’s annual Darwin Discovery Day, an event honoring Charles Darwin’s achievements while celebrating scientific exploration and discovery. She also uses an array of social media platforms as tools for educating the public on issues related to evolution and the history of the Earth.