Overview & Contact Info
I'm a palaeontologist and currently work as a postodoctoral research scientist at the Field Museum, where I'm researching dinosaur growth with Dr. Pete Makovicky and acting as a scientific advisor on the new 'SUE Experience' exhibit.
My primary research interests are in applying a deep-time perspective to quantitatively testing questions relating to biodiversity and community structure, and understanding the responses of ecosystems and populations to climate/habitat change. My doctoral research focused on the use of stable isotope analyses and relative-abundance diversity measures to elucidate some of these patterns in vertebrate communities of the Late Cretaceous of Alberta and their modern analogues in southern Louisiana. My postdoctoral research focuses on identifying and testing sources of variability in several osteohistological proxies for growth/metabolism in theropods. In addition to this primary research, I'm involved in several projects investigating Cretaceous ecosystem structure/trends through the use of vertebrate microfossil bonebeds, biostratigraphy, and extinction modelling. Lastly, I'm involved in biodiversity research using a combination of 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.