Anthony R. Fiorillo received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut and his Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska. He completed his Ph.D. work in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. For the next two years he was the Rea Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and then a museum scientist at the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California-Berkeley before becoming the Curator of Earth Sciences at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Southern Methodist University.
Although Dr. Fiorillo has worked on fossil deposits ranging in age 1.7 billion years old to those only a few thousand years in age, most of his research has focused on the paleoecology of dinosaurs and the paleoenvironments of dinosaur-bearing rock units. As a result of his research interests, Dr. Fiorillo has led numerous expeditions in western North America, particularly Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and now Alaska, in addition to field work in Asia, Australia, and South America. He has also published over 100 scientific and popular papers.