From 2015–2018, I led my own fieldwork near the towns of Tolman and Morrin, Alberta, with a team of volunteers and students. We were trying to fill in the gaps in the well-known fossil record of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation (HCF), which is about 71 million years old. The best way to learn about our fieldwork in this area is to watch my documentary miniseries Palaeontologist’s Perspective.

If you’d like to donate your time or money to support our fieldwork and research, please get in touch!

Our HCF project has been more successful than I could have ever hoped, and we’ve found some incredible fossils that give us an unprecedented look into the lives and ecosystems of the dinosaurs. Recently, we found one of the first records of a baby tyrannosaur, one of the smallest, but most exciting finds I’ve ever made!

Many of the students who joined me are now leading their own research projects from the fieldwork, including studies on a fossil trackway, an ecosystem captured in one site, and a very young hadrosaur skeleton. Learn more in Palaeontologist’s Perspective!

Digging for a Champsosaur near Morrin Bridge
Excavating a juvenile hadrosaur skeleton

I’ve also joined other teams working in Alberta. As part of the University of Alberta Dino Lab, I joined fieldwork in Dinosaur Provincial Park and in Edmonton each year from 2013–2019, studying the dinosaur fauna of the Late Cretaceous. In 2018 I joined a team from the Royal Ontario Museum and Cleveland Museum of Natural History in southern Alberta.