Axel Hungerbeuhler, Ph.D., is a professor of natural science and the museum curator at Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari, New Mexico. He teaches college and high school students through STEM outreach. In 2014, a group of 13 high school students from around the U.S. participating in a summer paleontology field class found a crocodile-like phytosaur skull approximately 220 million years old. The phytosaur skull was the first most complete skull of any vertebrate found in the Trujillo Formation of New Mexico and Texas, the third of five successive rock formations that comprise the Upper Triassic rocks of eastern New Mexico and Texas. A beloved instructor, he brings his humor and passion to every class he teaches.