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PALEONTOLOGY

 

Faculty

PhD Mary Schweitzer, Professor

Molecular preservation in fossils, evolution of physiological strategies in dinosaurs, microbial influences in taphonomy of vertebrates, Mars exobiology research

e-mail: mhschwei@ncsu.edu

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PhD Lindsay Zanno, Research Assistant Professor, Biology & Director, Paleontology & Geology Research Lab, NRC, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Anatomy, phylogeny, and paleobiology of theropod dinosaurs; paleobiogeography and paleoecology of terrestrial Mesozoic ecosystems; phylogenetic approaches to ecomorphology and dietary ecology of fossil vertebrates


e-mail: lindsay.zanno@naturalsciences.org

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PhD Daniel Ksepka, Associate researcher

Avian paleontology and systematics; evolutionary relationships of birds through analysis of morphological and molecular data, with an emphasis on fossil diversity

e-mail: dtksepka@ncsu.edu

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PhD student Alison Moyer

Preservation of keratinous structures in the rock record, including feather, skin, beak, and claw fossils. Melanosome hypothesis vs alternative bacteria. The role microbes play during the processes of fossilization.

e-mail: aemoyer@ncsu.edu


Students

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PhD student Katherine Dzikiewicz

Molecular paleontology. Identification and sequencing of bone proteins in extant and fossil crocodiles. Tracking the preservation of biomolecules in the fossil record, as well as the formulation of mechanisms for their preservation.

e-mail: kmdzikie@ncsu.edu

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MSc student Susan Drymala

Phylogeny and paleontology of pseudosuchian archosaurs (especially basal paracrocodylomorphs); Triassic vertebrate paleoecology, and terrestrial ecosystem evolution

e-mail: sdrymala@gmail.com

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MSc student Khai Button

Paleobiology and evolution of dinosaurs. Understanding relationships between beak morphology and diet in birds and dinosaurs.

e-mail: sdrymala@gmail.com

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Staff

MSc Wenxia Zheng, Research assistant

Analysis and characterization of soft tissues and cell-like structures recovered from ancient fossils. Development of chemical and molecular methods for molecular paleontology

e-mail: wzheng2@ncsu.edu

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Alumni

PhD Tim Cleland

Composition and preservation of soft tissue structures obtained from demineralized cortical bone from fossils especially dinosaurs. I apply molecular biology and analytical chemistry techniques to support my hypotheses.

e-mail: dtksepka@ncsu.edu

PhD Edwin Cadena

Origin and evolution of Neotropical reptiles, principally turtles, including their systematics, phylogeny, paleobiogeography, and paleoecology. Exploring the exceptional preservation of bone cells (osteocytes) in Meso-Cenozoic fossils

e-mail: eacadena@ncsu.edu

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PhD Jeremy Green

Vertebrate paleoecology, paleobiology, and taphonomy.  Dental microwear analysis to estimate the diet of extant xenarthrans (modern tree sloths, armadillos), to form a baseline from which paleodiet of extinct xenarthrans (ground sloths, glyptodonts, pampatheres, etc.) can be estimated. Paleoecology of Triassic dicynodonts.

e-mail: jgreen72@kent.edu

B.Sc Zach Boles

Bone histology of extant and fossil birds

B.Sc Catherine Early

Prototyping extant- fossil bird brains, and fossil turtles using computer tomography.

Lisa Herzog, Chief Preparator, Paleontology & Geology Research Lab, NRC, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Fieldwork support, preparation and curation of fossil vertebrates.

e-mail: lisa.herzog@naturalsciences.org

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PhD Terry (Bucky) Gates, Research Scientist

Anatomy and evolution of hadrosaur dinosaurs, taphonomy and paleoecology of terrestrial ecosystems, Cretaceous paleobiogeography of the Western Interior Basin

e-mail: terryagates@gmail.com

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Paul Brinkman, Assistant Director, Paleontology & Geology Research Lab, NRC, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Fieldwork support, preparation and curation of fossil vertebrates.

e-mail: paul.brinkman@naturalsciences.org

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