Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Preface: Returning to Unova

I'm not like typical professors, I suppose. Most professors help new trainers start their journey by giving them their first pokémon and a pokédex. I've never done either. I'm not one for sitting around a research lab and waiting for other person to come do my work for me. That probably comes off more harsh than I am intending, but it's true. I have respect for my colleges, but I prefer to do my own research.

My name is Mattock L. Ginkgo and I research ancient pokémon no longer present naturally in our world, or in other words, I dig up fossils. (I am aware of the irony in the fact I'm named after a type of pick ax and pursued a career that requires digging.) I'm often out in the field, picking around in sedimentary rock layers, hoping to uncover something new or exciting in the world of pokémon paleontology. Field researchers like myself aren't as common as those who attempt to use our work to revive fossils. Fossil rejuvenation has become incredibly trendy over the last few decades, however it's still fossil jockeys and maniacs like me that continue to fuel that research. I have my own problems with cloning from fossils that I plan to bring to light, but I will discuss that deeper later on. I prefer more traditional research of excavation, cataloging, and potentially exhibition of fossils. Good old fashion museum work that I hope to continue for as long as possible.

My goals are what have brought me back to Unova years after I left. A position has recently opened up for a paleontologist with the newly renovated Nacrene Museum. As much as I like the field, it would be nice to have an office to come back to after filling my pack with fossils. I don't suspect, given previous email discussions the director of the museum, that there is much stiff competition. Getting this position would also help me tie up some loose ends in Unova that I should have dealt with years ago. Here's hoping. 

-M. L. Ginkgo
Pokémon Paleontologist