My name is Joseph Frederickson and I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Oklahoma studying vertebrate paleontology. This website is largely dedicated to my professional career, but there is more to my life than can be encapsulated in a few webpages. My story began in the frigid north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I grew up. There, like most good Wisconsinites, I developed a mildly unhealthy appreciation for cheese and football (go Packers!). It was during these early years that I realized my love for animals and for science; in fact, I don't believe I ever went more than month without taking a trip the Milwaukee Public Museum or the Milwaukee Zoo. As a youngster, I knew I wanted to be a paleontologist, but this dream became less realistic with age. As a teen, for example, I was more interested in making it big in my punk rock band than studying a bunch of animal-shaped rocks. Nonetheless, when I graduated high school I was forced to address the dreaded question of what I would do with my life. My aforementioned love for animals pushed me towards veterinary training, which my local university (University Wisconsin-Milwaukee) offered. It was in my first semester there, while trying to fill out my schedule, that I enrolled in my first Earth science class. This class reopened my mind to the wonder of science and rekindled my love for paleontology. Pursuing a professional career in paleontology has not been easy, but luckily I had (and still have) the assistance of many amazing mentors, including: Dr. Thomas Carr (Carthage College), Dr. Margaret Fraiser (University Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Dr. Stephen Dornbos (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Dr, Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian (Temple University), and Dr. Richard Cifelli (University of Oklahoma). These individuals always encouraged me, for which I am forever grateful. My journey into paleontology has since taken me to many amazing places. I was able to travel the continent on many field expeditions, work in a variety of museums, and move across the country. Today, I live in Norman, Oklahoma with my amazingly talented wife (Janessa Doucette, who has a PhD in anthropology and has studied science education and informal learning methods), two dogs, two cats, and three turtles.