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Paleontology

Paleontology DepartmentStatistical Research, Inc.ís (SRI's) Paleontology Program is dedicated to providing exceptional service aiding in compliance with federal, state, and local laws protecting paleontological resources (i.e., fossils). Our efficient and knowledgeable staff are committed to delivering a scientifically driven product that is tailored to the specific needs of our clients. Based in the southwestern United States and staffed with experts specializing in the region, SRIís Paleontology Program can provide its services to projects occurring anywhere in the world and is devoted to producing high-quality results no matter the
project size or scope.

Paleontology DepartmentServices provided by SRIís Paleontology Program include:

  • compilation of paleontological locality records
  • search and analysis of paleontological and geological literature
  • assessment of paleontological resource potential
  • development of paleontological resource mitigation plans
  • Paleontology Departmentdesign and implementation of field surveys
  • enactment of paleontological site monitoring
  • rapid excavation and removal of large fossil remains
  • preparation of fossil material for placement in museum collections
  • production of final mitigation reports.

All client solutions are overseen by a qualified, professional paleontologist with extensive training and background in the paleontology and geology of the western United States.

Paleontology Program Director

Paleontology Department
Photograph courtesy of Daryl Marshke.

Joseph (Joe) El Adli, Ph.D., is a Principal Investigator for SRIís Paleontology Program. Joe is passionate about uncovering the intricacies of past life on this planet and is an active scientific researcher specializing in fossil elephants (especially mammoths) and baleen whales. His career has taken him across the globe to find vertebrate fossils and document local geology and has included extended periods of fieldwork in the western United States, northeastern Australia, and the Siberian Arctic. A southern California native, Joe began his formal education at San Diego State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Geological Sciences with an emphasis in Paleontology. Following undergraduate studies, he was hired as the Fossil Preparation Lab Manager at the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM). As an employee hired under the paleontological resource mitigation program at SDNHM, Joe became immersed in the techniques and procedures required to properly reduce and report on the impacts of earthmoving activities to Californiaís important fossil resources. At SDNHM, Joe also studied the evolutionary relationships and functional anatomy of fossil baleen whales, often using specimens that were collected during the course of paleontological resource mitigation. Subsequent to his time at the SDNHM, Joe received both his Masterís and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan, studying the paleoecology and dental histology of fossil proboscideans (elephants and their relatives).


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