Through two wonderful mentored research experiences, Sarah E. Seeley had the opportunity to work with dead sauropods and ancient odonates while acquiring her undergraduate degree in geology from Brigham Young University. She hopes to study more dead things in the future and contribute to scientific discussions about what makes life on Earth so amazing. In the meantime, she explores the bright side of being human by writing dark fiction.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in geology from Brigham Young University. During my time as a student, I worked as a lab technician at the school’s Museum of Paleontology and took part in two mentored research projects. One project involved the taphonomy of a Utah bone bed, where I studied insect scavenging patters on sauropod epiphyses. For the other, I studied the evolution of flight structures in fossil odonates (dragonflies). I also had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant. I love learning about the Earth, and I never get tired of hitting rocks with a hammer.
I also play the cello and have a music minor. I had the opportunity to participate in a NASA BEST Student Multimedia Internship (through UMBC) where I collaborated long-distance with a student team as part of a STEM project in 2008 (that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?). My job was to create background music for short informational clips about NASA’s plans to return to the moon. I’m not sure what happened to those clips, unfortunately…but I got paid for making cool, organized noise on my computer.
Check out this music clip I made, inspired by my first novel project in 2011.
I mostly enjoy reading non-fiction on evolution and psychology topics, but I also read dystopian, science fiction, and a smidge of horror and fantasy. Some of my absolute favorites are listed below.
- Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
- Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Turss
- Relics of Eden by Daniel J. Fairbanks
- Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
- I Am Not A Serial Killer Series by Dan Wells
- The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
- Silas Marner by George Eliot
Random Life Goals
- Get a Ph.D. studying paleoanthropology or paleobiology.
- Travel at least once to every continent in the world.
- Pen an entire journal on my life with my right foot (apparently I’m right-footed).
- Find a really awesome man who can stand me, and get married in the temple someday (check out Mormon.org to learn more about my faith).