The 50th anniversary of the Department of Paleobiology of the National Museum of Natural History was commemorated with a colloquium organized by Smithsonian predoctoral fellow Diana Marsh to document the department's history. Marsh also conducted oral history interviews with department staff to document the split of the Department of Geology into the Department of Paleobiology and Department of Mineral Sciences in 1963. The Marsh interviews will be accessioned at a later date.
On May 17, 2013, the "50th Anniversary Paleobiology Department Kick-off Celebration & Brown Bag Discussion on the History of the Fossil Halls" was held in the Cooper Room in the Department of Paleobiology. Speakers included Diana Marsh, predoctoral fellow; Mark Lay, volunteer; Hans-Dieter Sues, curator of Paleobiology; Porter M. Kier, former director, NMNH; Richard Bambach, affiliated staff in Paleobiology; Martin A. Buzas, curator of Paleobiology; William Fitzhugh, curator of Anthropology; Richard Fiske, former director, NMNH; Alan Cutler, research associate in Paleobiology; Francis M. Hueber, curator of Paleobiology; Kim Moeller, visual information specialist, NMNH; Scott L. Wing, curator of Paleobiology; and Matthew T. Carrano, research geologist in Paleobiology.