Ron Schmidtling

Ron Schmidtling

Natural Science Instructor

Professional Experience:

  • Getty Conservation Institute – Geological Consultant
  • Michael Brandman Associates – Hollywood Reservoir Site Monitor
  • UCLA Department of Archaeology – Archaeological Analyst
  • UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences – Scientific Illustrator

Education & Background:

  • Master of Science – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Southern Mississippi

Ron Schmidtling is a published paleontologist and geologist who received his Master of Science degree from UCLA. He was a geological consultant on the Getty Conservation Institute’s Renaissance Bronze Project for almost 10 years and was a paleontology site monitor at the Hollywood Reservoir and an archaic Indian site for Michael Brandman Associates. Ron is also an amateur photographer who enjoys hiking and excavating on the weekends.

Courses Taught:

  • Earth Sciences (GN104)
  • Ecological Science (GN114)
  • Science: The History of Life (GN280)


  • UCLA Fellowship for graduate work in paleontology
  • Award for Superior Achievement in Geology – Pasadena City College


  • CEO Space, Inc.
  • Tree People
  • Green Getty
  • 4Rs Group
  • Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life (CSEOL) – UCLA Dept. of Earth Sciences
  • Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS)


  • “Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of Blastoid Hydrospires” – PaleoBios 1993 California Paleontology Conference Abstracts
  • “Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of the Hydrospires of Pentremites Rusticus (Echinodermata; Blastoidea)” – GSA Abstracts with Programs
  • “Gastropod Shell Micro-structure” – Evolution Journal
  • “A Comparison of some Mediterranean Limestones to a Large Acrolithic Cult Statue” – PaleoBios 1998 California Paleontology Conference Abstracts
  • Dinosounds – Writer/Illustrator
  • Journal of Paleontology – Illustrator
  • The Craftsman Revealed – Contributing Writer