The Mammoth Site® is going behind-the-scenes and showcasing our employees By: Bethany Cook
The Mammoth Site® is going behind-the-scenes and showcasing our employees. We would like to introduce Olga Potapova, Collections Curator and Manager. March 5, 2016 marked 15 years at the Site for Olga. Olga earned a Masters in Zoology and is currently working on her Ph.D. at the Zoological Institute from the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg.
Olga came to The Mammoth Site in 2001 as a Fossil Preparator. In 2002, she became the Bonebed Curator and 2003 she was named Collections Manager. In 2014, she became Collections Curator and Manager and is still currently working in this position.
I was able to interview Olga and ask her some questions about her career at The Mammoth Site and her life outside the Site.
What brought you to The Mammoth Site?
“Employment, I moved from Russia to the area and my son was old enough so I started looking for a job. I knew about The Mammoth Site and they were looking for a Preparator. I had visited the Site several times while working on different projects and I had met Dr. Agenbroad and Wanda in 1994 while working with Dr. Jeff Sanders from Illinois State Museum on the Kenzy File Bison project in the Black Hills.”
What is your favorite part about your job?
“I enjoy the discoveries, constant learning, and meeting new people that are interested in science, also meeting scientists, and being able to collaborate on different scientific projects, teaching students and groups visiting the Site with special learning goals.”
What are your hobbies?
“I enjoy all outdoor activities that are not motorized including mountain skiing, horseback riding, and running. I also enjoy traveling, drawing, reading, gardening, and most of all I enjoy my family reunions, as they are my great supporters and best friends.”