Rowan dean receives award for his work in paleontology

David Madden
March 24, 2019 - 4:00 am

Courtesy of Rowan University


GLASSBORO, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- A Rowan University professor now shares an honor with the likes of Buzz Aldrin, Jane Goodall and Sir Edmund Hillary -- a diverse group to be sure.

Dr. Kenneth Lacovara is a paleontologist who is dean of Rowan’s School of Earth and Environment.

He has now received the Explorer’s Club Medal, a lifetime achievement honor from the New York-based group that dates back more than a century and highlights work in exploration, scientific research and human welfare.

Lacovara’s body of work includes the 2005 discovery of the remains of the Dreadnoughtus dinosaur in Argentina.

“Dreadnoughtus was as big as a house,” Lacovara told KYW Newsradio. “It was 85 feet long, two and a half stories at the shoulder and all fleshed out in life it weighed 65 tons. That’s about the mass of nine T-Rex.”

He sees the award as a challenge of sorts.

“The onus is on me to step up my game,” Lacovara added, “and to use the resources and whatever abilities I have to help communicate science to the world; and to really help communicate the dire situation that our planet is in right now with climate change and sea level rise.”

Last week’s ceremony in New York gave him the chance to meet several Apollo mission astronauts who turned out to be his childhood heroes.

And yeah, that was fun.