Staff Directory

  Meet Our Key Staff Members

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Rudolph F Pascucci Jr

Rudolph F. Pascucci, Jr.
Executive Director

After a career as a military officer that included combat service in Vietnam, Mr. Pascucci returned to his earlier interests in the natural sciences, He holds a degree in anthropology from Florida Atlantic University where he participated in archaeological fieldwork in Ecuador; he also pursued advanced degrees in geoscience and paleontology while at FAU. In addition, he also holds a BA degree in Speech Arts from Hofstra University, where later, as an ROTC Instructor, he held the position of Assistant Professor of Military Science. Mr. Pascucci has also taught both science and English literature at public and charter schools in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. He was President of the Broward County Archaeological Society, from 1997 to 1999. As a volunteer he helped to establish the paleontology program at the Grave Museum of Archaeology and Natural History and organized and led field expeditions to Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, and Utah. In 2001 he led a joint FAU/Graves Museum expedition to Como Bluff, Wyoming where his team worked with Dr. Robert Bakker on several projects including the excavation of a major dinosaur trackway. Mr. Pascucci was named the Graves Assistant Director of Science and Education in July 2002 and then Director, a position he held from December of that year until July 2004. From 2005 to 2007 he was an Archaeological Field Technician for Janus Research of Tampa, Florida and in 2008 returned to Ecuador for ethnographic studies. Mr. Pascucci has been the Executive Director of the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History since 2005 and in 2013 he was a member of the museum's field expeditions to North Dakota and Haiti. These expeditions resulted in major paleontological discoveries that subsequently made international news. In 2017 he was instrumental in bringing the museum to its new location in Wellington, FL. In addition to his work with the Museum, he is also the President of the South Florida Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America and Recording Secretary of the state-wide Florida Anthropological Society.


Phone: (561) 729-4246

Patricia K Flynn

Patricia K. Flynn
Assistant Director

Ms. Flynn was recently re-elected as a member of the Board of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), a position that recognizes her long time dedication and commitment to the preservation of the state's cultural heritage. Prior to accepting that position she served two terms as President of the Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) and is now the Society's Chair for Chapter Affiliations. She was a long time member of the Board of the Broward County Archaeological Society and, in addition, Assistant Director of The Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History from 2002 to 2004.


Phone: (954) 295-2549

Dr. Peter Ferdinando

Dr. Peter Ferdinando
Curator of Anthroplogy
and Ethnohistory

Dr. Ferdinando has a wide range of interests that include anthropology, biology, and history. His current research focuses on the development of regional societies in pre-contact southern Florida and the early post-contact Atlantic. His initial undergraduate degree was awarded from the University of Central Florida in Anthropology. He also received a Master's in Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor's degree in history from UCF, with a concentration in ancient civilization, the American colonial period, and the British Empire. He received his Doctoral degree from Florida International University in 2015. Dr. Ferdinando is currently a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He uses a mix of historical documents and archaeological data to help navigate the pre-/post-contact boundary in telling Native American history.


Robert A DePalma II

Robert A. DePalma II
Curator of Paleontology

After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Geology from Florida Atlantic University in 2007, DePalma returned to the University of Kansas, where he had previously completed a portion of his undergraduate work, and earned a Master's degree in geology in 2010. While at UK he also managed the University's paleontology laboratory, and conducted both fieldwork and laboratory research. DePalma's expeditions to the Hell Creek Formation in South and North Dakota have yielded many rare specimens, including diverse assemblages of dinosaur bones, rare Cretaceous bird and mammal fossils, and the first insects ever recorded in Cretaceous amber from South Dakota.Current projects include work on a new species of maniraptoran dinosaur, a new species of primitive amphibian, research of flying reptiles and the evolution of birds, the development of a new, entirely biologic technique for fossil preparation, and field expeditions to various locations. In 2013 he discovered the "Tanis Site" in North Dakota which was formed within two hours of the KT impact event. Published in 2019, this discovery has brought him international recognition. The publication of the additional discoveries of proof of T. rex predation (2013) and of "Dakotaraptor" (2015) have continued to enhance his reputation. He has appeared in a number of dinosaur related episodes for National Geographic Channel and other science documentaries. 


(561) 573-7678

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