Anne Schulp

Anne SchulpAnne Schulp: ‘For me, it all started with small fossils’

Palaeontologist Anne Schulp graduated in Earth Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 1998. Since then, he has worked as a conservator at Maastricht Natural History Museum and is now a researcher at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden. He is currently hard at work setting up a dinosaur hall featuring a Tyrannosaurus rex for the Naturalis museum.

Schulp: “As a researcher, I find working at a museum particularly rewarding. I’m doing research, but I can also share the results of my work and that of many others directly with the general public – through exhibitions, a live video report on a dig, online guest classes or by collaborating with colleagues from the education department. It’s this combination of research work and the opportunity to talk about it that I like so much. If I wasn’t doing that work, I’d have nothing to tell people, and the fact that I can share it with a lot of people makes my research more enjoyable.”

“It's also great fun doing these projects with students. Working on the T. rex, I collaborated a lot with students from VU Amsterdam, such as Pim Kaskes. He’s an excellent sedimentologist. He can interpret the context of the bones, whereas I focus more on the bones themselves. In the exhibition, I’ve included videos of the students explaining things. That’s better than listening to an old man.”

Read the interview with Anne Schulp in Dutch