I’m a Canadian paleontologist interested in the evolution and behaviour of dinosaurs, as well as the ecosystems they lived in. Right now, I’m a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland. My research now focuses on the physiology of early Paleocene mammals–the ones that took over after the dinosaurs went extinct.
My research focuses on three main aspects of fossil vertebrates: biology, behaviour, and evolution. I use anatomy, functional morphology, and palaeohistology (the study of fossil tissues) to learn more about the forms, functions, and physiologies of extinct animals. I also interpret the group behaviours of dinosaurs using spectacular fossils where multiple individuals are preserved together. Finally, I aim to understand how biology and behaviour have changed through geologic time, and the forces that drove those changes.
Much of my PhD research, focused on Caenagnathidae, a mostly North American group of oviraptorosaurs that are very poorly known. By reexamining old specimens and looking at newly discovered material, I’m slowly unravelling their diversity in North America. Recently, I’ve also been in Mongolia working on oviraptorids from the Nemegt Basin. Most species here are represented by complete skeletons, some of which are preserved brooding like modern birds. Because their anatomy is so well known, we can start asking questions about their behaviour, ecology, and evolution. You can check out some of my research in the publications section. You can see my complete CV here (I’ll try to keep it updated). Most of my work is hosted on ResearchGate.
My true passion is fieldwork, and I’ve been lucky enough to participate in fieldwork in Argentina, Canada, and Mongolia. For the past 3 years I’ve organized my own fieldwork near Drumheller, Alberta. Most fieldwork localities are remote, which has helped me develop as a photographer. You can see some of my fieldwork photos in the gallery, including more starscapes of Mongolia like the one below.
Beyond palaeontology, I’m also an avid guitarist and photographer. Although I used to play in a heavy metal band as an angsty teen, I’ve mellowed out and now mostly play a gorgeous acoustic my father built for me (below). You can check out more of his work here and here.
My research is funded by a number of agencies and small grants. These include: