Myria Perez is a fossil preparator for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas. She has gone on many fossil excavations including digging up Dimetrodon specimens in the little town of Seymour, Texas. She grew up with a passion for paleontology that led her to attend undergraduate school at Southern Methodist University. During her college years, she became a summer intern for the National Museum of Natural History and conducted research on ichthyosaurs with paleontologist Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer.
Exhibit writer Juliana Olsson and intern Myria Perez reflect on the years of work that led to the opening of "Sea Monsters Unearthed" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.