(pointing towards the K-Pg boundary in the Hell Creek Formation of Montana)
Overview & Contact Info
I'm a palaeontologist, and currently work as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Field Museum of Natural History. For my postdoc I'm researching dinosaur growth with Dr. Peter Makovicky and acting as a scientific advisor on several exhibit projects (chief among them the new 'SUE Experience').
My primary research interests are in applying a quantitative deep-time biodiversity perspective to testing how the ecology and evolution of species and communities are affected by environmental perturbations. My doctoral research focused on the use of stable isotope analyses and biodiversity analyses of vertebrate microfossil bonebeds to elucidate community trends/structure in the Late Cretaceous of Alberta and their modern near-analogue ecosystems in southern Louisiana. My postdoc research focuses on identifying and testing sources of variability in several osteohistological proxies for growth/metabolism, and using these to investigate body-size evolution in theropods.
In addition to this primary research, I'm involved in several projects investigating dinosaur biodiversity and evolution, biostratigraphy, and extinction modelling, and more broadly the use of methods such as osteohistology and geometric morphometrics to identify and quantify ontogenetic, intra-specific, and inter-specific morphological variation as a tool for species discovery.
Ph.D. (2013-2017) – Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Thesis supervisor: Dr. David C. Evans
M.Sc. (2010-2012) – Dept. of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Thesis supervisors: Dr. Natalia Rybczynski & Dr. Claudia Schröder-Adams
B.Sc. (2006-2010) – Dept. of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Honours project supervisors: Dr. Michael Ryan & Dr. Claudia Schröder-Adams
My CV is available below. The various tabs on this site act as an abbreviated version of the information contained within the CV.