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David EvansPI: David C. Evans


B.Sc., Integrated Sciences Program, Univ. of British Columbia, 2003

Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Toronto, 2007


Senior Curator & Temerty Chair, Vertebrate Palaeontology, Royal Ontario Museum

Associate Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Toronto

Brief Bio

I am a Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, and in charge of dinosaur research at the Royal Ontario Museum.  I am a cross-appointed Associate 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. 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 dinosaur groups, and to evaluate patterns of dinosaur evolution, ecology, 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.

The Lab

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.


Group photo of the lab taken in July, 2018. Top, from left to right: David Evans, Jade Simo; Bottom row: Talia Lowi-Merri, Danielle Dufault, Ashley Reynolds, and Dr. Victoria Arbour


Group photo of the lab taken in May, 2016. Top, from left to right: David Evans, Daire Crawford, Adam Rego, Brian Iwama, Mateusz Wosik, Kevin Seymour, Ian Morrison, Tom Cullen; Bottom row: Kentaro Chiba, Ashley Reynolds, Talia Lowi-Merri, Danielle Dufault, Shino Sugimoto, Shauna Edgar


Group photo of the lab taken in May, 2013.

Group photo of the lab taken in May, 2013. Top, from left to right: Ian Morrison, Kevin Seymour, David Evans, Matthew Vavrek, Brian Iwama, Nic Campione, Tom Cullen; Bottom row: Caleb Brown, Derek Larson, Collin VanBuren, Kirstin Brink, Shino Sugimoto, Chris McGarrity


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.

PhD Students:

Derek Larson Derek Larson

Ashley_ReynoldsAshley Reynolds

cary_head Cary Woodruff

jade_simonJade Simon

talia_stub.jpgTalia Lowi-Merri

ryan_wilkinson.jpg Ryan Wilkinson








Danielle Dufault




Greer Stothers

Farhan Majumder


VIcTORIA_HEAD.jpg Victoria Arbour

Kentaro Chiba(Ph.D.)

Wosik_face_web Mateusz Wosik(Ph.D.)

Cullen headshot Thomas Cullen (Ph.D.)

 Kirstin Brink (Ph.D.)

Caleb Brown (Ph.D.)

Nicolas Campione Nicolas E. Campione (Ph.D.)

 Collin VanBuren (MSc)

Chris McGarrity (MSc)

Ryan Schott Ryan Schott (MSc)

Rufina_face_web Rufina Kim (undergrad)

Matthew Vavrek Matthew Vavrek


Arjann Mann (MSc)

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