Westhampton Beach High School science research students had the opportunity to learn more about the research process from accomplished paleontologist John Hankla on Nov. 22.
During the informal discussion, Hankla spoke to students about his career and offered them advice, as they are working on a variety of research projects. The students also heard from members of the Staffer family, whose Wyoming ranch is littered with dinosaur bones.
For many of the students, this was not their first meeting with Hankla. He has worked with them in the past through Westhampton Beach Middle School’s PALEOS program, where students visit the Badlands in the summer to dig for dinosaur bones alongside experts.