A renowned paleontologist and Waterloo native will be the keynote speaker at Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ 2019 Convocation ceremony later this month.
Matt Lamanna, a 1997 Hobart graduate, will speak at the Monday, Aug. 26 ceremony, which marks the official start of the academic year.
“It is so exciting to welcome back to campus Matt Lamanna, who has been at the forefront of paleontological research since his graduation,” said HWS President Joyce Jacobsen. “As I explore HWS during my first year, I can think of no better way to start the academic year than hearing from one of our esteemed alums who has devoted his life to exploring some of the most fascinating creatures ever to roam the earth.”
Lamanna is an associate curator of vertebrate paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. He also serves as the museum’s principal dinosaur researcher, studying dinosaurs, birds and crocodilians from the Cretaceous Period, the third and final time period of the Mesozoic Era, or what is called the Age of Dinosaurs.