Dr. Nicole Peavey is the staff paleontologist at the Colorado Department of Transportation and a part-time professor of geology and paleontology at Red Rocks Community College in Denver. At CDOT, she works with state and federal agencies and museums to identify and protect fossils found around Colorado roadways, and implement mitigation procedures in project areas.
She received her B.A. in Geology from Whitman College, her M.S. in Geosciences and Vertebrate Paleontology from Fort Hays State University, and her Ph.D. in Geosciences from Texas Tech University, studying Silurian spathognathodontid conodonts, tiny ancient chordates. Driven by a lifelong love of paleontology, she first learned of mitigation paleontology when seeking work in Colorado. Her first job in this field was at a consulting company surveying grasslands in the U.S. Forest Service system, in areas designated to be tested for oil.