Explore our ancient past at your library with UM paleontologist Kallie Moore! Kallie will present one lecture per month from January through June (plus one extra in March for kids!) on topics ranging from local geology to deep time and lots in between.

Topics & Dates

For more information, please visit our online calendar.

Field Guide to Montana Fossils

Jan 18, 6-7:30pm in Cooper’s Space B

Basic Montana Geology, examples of life in the paleontological record, and the legal/ethical process of collecting fossils will be discussed. Learn how to be a conscientious collector…and avoid going to jail or getting fined!

A Guide to Ice Age Montana

Feb 15, 6-7:30PM in Cooper’s Space B

Winter is here… but not like it was during the Pleistocene. Travel back over 10,000+ years, meet Ice Age animals roaming Montana, and learn about the environment they lived in. We’ll also dig into the geology of the Flathead Valley to find out how ice shaped the modern landscape.

Under the Sea 325 MYA: Montana’s Bear Gulch Limestone

Mar 15, 6-7:30PM in Cooper’s Space B

The fossils found in the Bear Gulch Limestone are phenomenally well preserved. From coelacanths and sharks to worms and shrimp, plus a mysterious animal that is still unidentified – the Bear Gulch fauna provides an almost perfect snapshot of life in Montana roughly 325 million years ago.

How to Be a Paleontologist

Mar 23, 2-3:30 PM in the Imaginarium

Are you a Paleo Nerd? Want to grow up and be a paleontologist? Come find out about the many ways of being a paleontologist! This program is for kids ages 8-13. Kallie will also discuss her new book, Tales of the Prehistoric World.

4HistoryBuffs: Tour Through Time with Kallie Moore

Apr 28, 7-9PM in Cooper’s Space A/B

A quick history of the evolution of life on earth. We’ll start with the first evidence of life around 4 billion years ago and work our way up to the most recent Ice Age that ended about 12,000 years ago. This program is a 4HistoryBuffs presentation as well as part of our Fossils Rock! Lecture Series.

Climate Change in Geologic History

May 31, 6-7:30PM in Cooper’s Space B

Take a closer look at some of the dramatic changes in Earth’s climate during its 4.567-billion-year history, including our current climatic situation. Explore changes such as the oxygenation of the planet and the most recent ice age, as well as a preview into Earth’s possible future.

Jurassic Park: Fact of Fiction

Jun 21, 6-7:30PM in Cooper B

When the original Jurassic Park movie came out, it gave the most up to date look at dinosaurs and their behaviors. But we’ve learned a lot over the past 30 years. Join us to find out what still holds up, what doesn’t, and how close we are to using ancient DNA to create a real-life Jurassic Park.


Kallie Moore has managed the University of Montana Paleontology Collection since 2008. In 2017, she became a host and content consultant for PBS Eons, a YouTube Channel dedicated to the history of life on Earth. Kallie’s debut book Tales of the Prehistoric World was released in the fall of 2022.

Kallie Moore

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