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Kirstin Brink

Kirstin Brink received her B.Sc. in Biology and Earth Sciences from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 2006, where she completed her honours thesis with Ruth Stockey on Cretaceous conifers from Hornby Island, British Columbia. After a year of working as a preparatory and field assistant for the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, Kirstin obtained her M.Sc. at the University of Calgary with Dr. Darla Zelenitsky in 2009 on growth of the crest of the lambeosaurine dinosaur Hypacrosaurus stebingeri. Her Ph.D. research with her co-supervisor, Robert Reisz, will investigate the ontogeny and systematics of sphenacodontid synapsids with a focus on Dimetrodon, and an investigation into Early Permian ecosystems. Kirstin has many broad research interests, including a continuation of a study on ontogeny in lambeosaurine dinosaurs, and Permo-Carboniferous ichnology.

CONTACT: kirstin.brink[at]


PHONE: To come.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (See Google Scholar Citations for additional citation information):

Brink, K.S., Reisz, R.R., LeBlanc, A.R.H., Chang, R.S., Lee, Y.C., Chiang, C.C., Huang, T., and Evans, D.C. 2015. Developmental and evolutionary novelty in the serrated teeth of theropod dinosaurs. Scientific Reports 5: 12338  DOI: 10.1038/srep12338.

Evans, D. C., P. M. Barrett, K. S. Brink, and M. T. Carrano. 2015. Osteology and bone microstructure of new, small theropod dinosaur material from the early Late Cretaceous of Morocco. Gondwana Research.

Brink, K. S., D. K. Zelenitsky, D. C. Evans, François Therrien, J. R. Horner. 2014. Cranial morphology and variation in Hypacrosaurus stebingeri (Ornithischia: Hadrosauridae). in: Hadrosaurs: Proceedings of the International Hadrosaur Symposium at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Brink, K. S. and R. R. Resiz, D. 2014. Hidden dental diversity in the oldest terrestrial apex predator Dimetrodon. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4269

K.S. Brink,  N.E. Campione, and J.R. Hawthorn. 2013. Amniote faunal revision of the Pictou Group (Permo-Carboniferous), Prince Edward Island, Canada. Comptes Rendus Palevol.

Bell, Phil R. and K.S. Brink. 2013. Kazaklambia convincens comb. nov., a primitive juvenile lambeosaurine from the Santonian of Kazakhstan. Cretaceous Research.

Campione, N.E., K. S. Brink, E.A. Freedman, C.T McGarrity, and D.C. Evans. 2012.‘Glishades ericksoni’, an indeterminate juvenile hadrosaurid from the Two Medicine Formation of Montana: implications for hadrosauroid diversity in the latest Cretaceous (Campanian-Maastrichtian) of western North America. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments. DOI 10.1007/s12549-012-0097-1.

Brink, K. S., R.R. Reisz. 2012. Morphology of the palate and braincase of Dimetrodon milleri. Historical Biology 24(5):453-459. DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2012.704918

Brink, K. S., J.R. Hawthorn, D.C. Evans. 2012. New occurrences of Ichniotherium and Striatichnium from the Lower Permian Kildare Capes Formation, Prince Edward Island, Canada: Palaeonenvironmental and biostratigraphic implications. Palaeontology 55(5):1075-1090. DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2012.704918

Brink, K.S., D. K. Zelenitsky, D. C. Evans, François Therrien, J. R. Horner. 2011. A sub-adult skull of Hypacrosaurus stebingeri (Ornithischia: Lambeosaurinae): Anatomy and Comparison. Historical Biology 23(1):63-72. DOI:10.1080/08912963.2010.499169

Brink, K. S., R. A. Stockey, G. Beard, and W. C. Wehr. 2009. Cunninghamia hornbyensis sp. nov.: Permineralized twigs and leaves from the Upper Cretaceous of Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 155(1-2):89-98.


Brink, K.S., Aaron R.H. LeBlanc, P. Martin Sander, R.R. Reisz. Dental histology and tooth implantation in early Permian non-mammalian synapsids. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2012, p.68.(Poster)

Brink, K.S., Aaron R.H. LeBlanc, R.R. Reisz. 2012. Dental histology in the Early Permian sphenacodontids Dimetrodon and Sphenacodon. Canadian Paleontology Conference Proceedings number 10, abstracts volume p.17, Toronto, Ontario. (Poster)

Brink, K.S., R.R. Reisz, and D. Scott. 2011. Ontogeny and taxonomy of a new sphenacodontid specimen from the Early Permian of Texas. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(Suppl. 3):78.(Oral)

Brink, K.S., and Reisz, R.R. 2011. Ontogeny of Dimetrodon milleri (Eupelycosauria: Sphenacodontidae) and implications for taxonomy. In: Johnson, G.D. (ed.). 12th International Symposium on Early Vertebrates/Lower Vertebrates. Ichthyolith Issues Special Publication 12:14. (Oral)

Brink, K.S., D.K. Zelenitskty, D.C. Evans, J.R. Horner, F. Therrien. 2011. Hypacrosaurus stebingeri: an exceptional record of dinosaurian cranial ontogeny. Hadrosaur symposium, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Abstracts Volume p. 14-15. (Oral)

Brink, K.S. and Reisz, R.R. 2011. A juvenile sphenacodontid with implications for ontogeny and evolutionary history of non-mammalian synapsids. Ontario Ethology, Ecology, and Evolution Colloquium, Scarborough, Ontario, p. 16. (Oral)

Brink, K.S., D. K. Zelenitsky, D. C. Evans, and F. Therrien. 2010. Affinities of lambeosaurine (Ornithischia: Hadrosauridae) embryos from Devil’s Coulee (Campanian), Alberta. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(Suppl. 3): 65A. (poster)

Brink, K.S. Cranial crest growth of Hypacrosaurus stebingeri. Alberta Palaeontological Society, November 2009. (invited lecture)

Brink, K.S., D.K. Zelenitsky, D.C. Evans, J.R. Horner, F. Therrien. 2009. Ontogenetic Development of the Skull of Hypacrosaurus stebingeri. Fourth International Symposium on Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Museum of the Rockies Occasional Paper 4. (Oral)

Brink, K. S., D. K. Zelenitsky, D. C. Evans, and J. R. Horner. 2009. Cranial crest growth of Hypacrosaurus stebingeri and an allometric analysis of North American lambeosaurines. Alberta Palaeontological Society, Thirteenth Annual Symposium, abstracts volume p.5, Calgary, Alberta.  (poster)

Brink, K. S., D. K. Zelenitsky, D. C. Evans, and J. R. Horner. 2008. New sub-adult Hypacrosaurus stebingeri skulls and a comparative analysis of allometric crest growth in lambeosaurines. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(Suppl. 3):56A. (poster)

Brink, K.S., Ruth Stockey, and Graham Beard. 2008. Cretaceous Cunninghamia leaves and twigs from Vancouver Island. University of Alberta Paleontological Society, Second Biennial Symposium, Abstract Volume, p. 25. Edmonton, Alberta. (poster)

Brink, K.S., Ruth Stockey, and Graham Beard. 2007. Permineralized Cunninghamia twigs and leaves from the upper Cretaceous of Hornby Island, British Columbia. Seventh British Columbia Paleontological Symposium Abstracts Volume, p. 21. Courtenay, British Columbia. (Oral)

Brink, K.S., Ruth Stockey, and Graham Beard. 2007. Permineralized Cunninghamia twigs and leaves from the upper Cretaceous of Hornby Island, British Columbia. Alberta Palaeontological Society, eleventh annual symposium abstracts volume p.7. Calgary, Alberta. (poster)

Ellis, Amanda, Kirstin Brink, Brian D.E. Chatterton, and Mark V.H. Wilson. 2006. Marine fauna from the Cretaceous of Morocco. University of Alberta Palaeontological Society first bi-annual symposium abstracts volume, p. 25. Edmonton, Alberta. (poster)

Kirstin with Dimetrodon at the Field Museum

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