Patrick Leiggi

Director of Paleontology at Museum of the Rockies

Patrick Leiggi

Patrick Leiggi

Director of Paleontology at Museum of the Rockies

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Pat Leiggi's life-long interest in paleontology started in Guyot Hall at the Princeton University Museum of Natural History as a child. Later he attended Windham College in Putney, Vermont where he studied philosophy, political science, and music, but in 1977 his interest in paleontology was renewed when he met paleontologist Jack Horner, who was working for Dr. Donald Baird, Director of the Princeton University Museum of Natural History. After volunteering for three years in the fossil preparation laboratory, Pat was hired as Assistant Curator.

In 1983, he went to the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia to help develop and build its new dinosaur hall. Upon completion of the project in 1985, Pat rejoined Jack at the Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University where they built the paleo program that today enjoys a national and international reputation. In 2016, he became Director of Paleontology, Exhibits, and MOR Exhibitions. After Horner’s retirement, Pat began transforming the paleontology department for the future by expanding its research and collecting focus and adding to the paleo staff which has grown to eight professionals.

Pat is best known for leading the Wankel T. rex dinosaur excavation in 1990. The specimen is now called the Nation’s T. rex and will be on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. He also produced a series of nationally and internationally traveling paleontology exhibits for MOR.

Pat initiated and led an 18-year effort to pass The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, 2009, federal legislation that protects fossils on America’s federal lands, He edited and authored the collaborative technical volume, Vertebrate Paleontological Techniques, P. Leiggi & P. May, 1994, Cambridge University Press, and in recent years has initiated several global community engagement projects, most notably the Kumamoto Montana Natural Science Museum Association in Japan.

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