Studying fossils tends to happen indoors, but we have to get them out of the ground somehow... . This past summer, I spent my third field season with the Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project, led by Drs David Evans and @michaelpjryan. Basically that means I get to scour the badlands of Alberta in search of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs! . "But Ashley, you don't study dinosaurs, you study mammals!" you might say. That's very true, but the same sets of principals apply when searching for dinosaurs that we use for more mammal-focused excavations. It's also an immensely rewarding experience, not to mention a great ice breaker! . Part of what makes it so rewarding is how challenging it can be. You can be out all day in 40°C weather, with not a lick of shade in sight. Then, the temperature can go down to near freezing at night. Not to mention the *slight* concern of having a windstorm blow through in the middle of the night! But then you see a beautiful sunset or find an incredible new fossil and those troubles seem to vanish in an instant.