B.Sc., Integrated Sciences Program, Univ. of British Columbia, 2003
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Toronto, 2007
I am a Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, and in charge of dinosaur research at the Royal Ontario Museum. I am a cross-appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. I was born in Ontario and grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia. As an undergraduate student I spent several summers working as a field technician for the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, where I completed my undergraduate thesis on skull growth and variation Corythosaurus, a duck-billed dinosaur (hadrosaur). My doctoral dissertation analyzed skull growth and evolutionary relationships within all crested hadrosaurs, lambeosaurines, with an emphasis on the striking diversity of these animals from Alberta, Canada. The ROM has one of the best collections of these dinosaurs in the world.
My research involves systematics and macroevolution, functional morphology, and phylogenetic methods and theory. My current research program at the ROM focuses on the evolution and palaeobiology of dinosaurs and their role in the Late Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems. This research aims to clarify the evolutionary relationships and diversity of major ornithischian groups, and to evaluate patterns of dinosaur evolution and biogeography as they relate to environmental changes leading up to the end Cretaceous extinction event. I also conduct research on prosauropod dinosaurs, and Permian synapsids, and have broad interests in evolution and the history of animal life on Earth.
I strive to maintain an active research lab with student involvement from all academic levels. Student research in my lab involves quantitative approaches to morphological variation, ontogenetic growth and scaling, phylogenetic systematics and macroevolutionary patterns, and research on extant systems to test assumptions in paleontological modelling, and some functional morphology.
I am always looking for motivated graduate students. A wealth of information about graduate admissions to the University of Toronto is available on the EEB website. I strongly encourage interested students to apply for funding from NSERC (for Canadian citizens and permanent residents), Ontario Graduate Scholarships, or NSF (for US applicants). Interest from postdoctoral fellows is also welcome. Potential post-docs should apply for funding from NSERC (for Canadian citizens and permanent residents) or NSF (for US citizens).
Below is a list of my current graduate and undergraduate students, with links to their personal info page.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT/ SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATOR
VISITING RESEARCHERS IN RESIDENCE
Kirstin Brink (Ph.D.)
Caleb Brown (Ph.D.)
Nicolas E. Campione (Ph.D.)
Collin VanBuren (MSc)
Chris McGarrity (MSc)
Ryan Schott (MSc)
Rufina Kim (undergrad)
Arjann Mann (MSc)