The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science’s mission is twofold. First, to celebrate the inspirational and adventurous women who have chosen to dedicate their lives in the search of clues to the history of life on earth. Second, to educate the public on the inequities and prejudices that exist in the sciences, with special emphasis on paleontology. What our project sets out to do is to engage an interdisciplinary audience through two creative and interactive mediums: filmmaking and photography.

The images below are a selection of the portraits made during a two-year period where our team traveled the nation (and to the United Kingdom) to interview, take a bearded portrait of, and document over one hundred scientists working in the field and in their labs.