The mummy 1999 sos

Science Moab Moab, UT


Cressa Pratt

Senior Field Ecologist, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)


Elise Rappel

Senior Field Ecologist, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

The Mummy (1999)— The beetles are trying to tell us something! Moab's open ecology data

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop from the NEON ecologists working in Moab as part of a giant, cooperative ecology project where something as small as a beetle or a flower bloom helps unlock our understanding of how climate change impacts the continent. Then, The Mummy (1999) reminds us how something as small as a beetle, can, in fact signal doom for an adventurous librarian, museum curator, and some uncredentialed Egyptology enthusiasts.

Science Moab Moab, UT

Film Synopsis

At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreak havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.

    Deep in the Egyptian desert, adventurer Rick O’Connell (Fraser) is enlisted by librarian Evelyn (Weisz) and a motley archeological crew to conquer the curse of the living dead — the vengeful reincarnation of the Egyptian priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo). Combining the thrills of a rousing adventure with the suspense of the legendary 1932 horror classic, The Mummy is a true nonstop action epic, filled with dazzling (if dated) visual effects, top-notch acting and superb storytelling.

    Photo credit: Universal Pictures

    About the Speaker

    Cressa Pratt is a Senior Field Ecologist at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Originally from West Valley City, Utah, Cressa received a degree in Environmental Science from Westminster University. She worked with NEON as a temporary field technician for two seasons in 2017 and 2018, and returned this year as the full time Faunal Ecologist. She currently oversees the sampling of beetles, ticks, mosquitos and small mammals at the Onaqui and Moab field sites.

    Elise Rappel is a Senior Field Ecologist at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Elise was born and raised in San Diego and attended university in the Bay Area at UC Berkeley. She has been in Utah and been with NEON for a little over a year. She loves all things entomology, outdoors, and knitting.