About the Game Creators
Kevin Lynch | Game Designer
Kevin is a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Robotics and Biosystems at Northwestern University. He is an award-winning instructor who has co-authored three textbooks, and his online courses in robotics are taken by thousands of students around the world. Kevin’s two young children were the inspiration and first game testers for Fossil Canyon.
Nathan Martel | Graphic Designer
Nathan is a graphic designer and software developer. He primarily works with universities and other mission-driven organizations to give their important educational messages a visual voice. He is also an avid board game enthusiast.
Akiko Shinya | Science Advisor
Akiko is the chief preparator of fossil vertebrates at the Field Museum in Chicago. She discovered Gualicho shinyae, a bipedal carnivorous theropod from the late Cretaceous distantly related to Allosaurus, on a dig in Argentina in 2007. (The genus name Gualicho is derived from a demon of local folklore.) Akiko spends several weeks each year in the field prospecting and excavating fossils. She manages three labs at the Field Museum, where she leads her team of staff, students, and volunteers in the preparation of vertebrate fossils from all over the world.