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Matthew Wedel
Padian Lab

Matthew Wedel


Phone: (510) 642-1730

Why UCMP? "Jere Lipps came and gave a talk at the University of Oklahoma when I was there working on my master's degree. He suggested I apply to the doctoral program at Berkeley. I knew about Bill Clemens, and Kevin Padian, whose research I was drawn to, and the more I learned about the UCMP, the more I wanted to come work here."

Research Interests: "I work on air-filled bones in dinosaurs and birds. A lot of people know birds have these bones and assume that it's an adapation for flight; but many people don't necessarily know that birds inherited these bones from dinosaurs. Part of my dissertation is looking further into these bones and how they evolved in dinosaurs; the other part of my research is how these bones develop in birds."

Why Paleontology? "The August 1978 National Geographic had a cover article on dinosaurs. I was three years old, and it was love at first sight. The article was written by John Ostrom. Many years later, John spoke at the dedication of the Oklahoma Museum. I volunteered to be his chauffeur for the week, and he and I became fast friends. He was — and is — an inspiration to me."

Read Matt's research profile: Hunting the inflatable dinosaur


Lee, A.H., K. Padian, M.T. Taylor, M.J. Wedel, R.B. Irmis, and S. Werning. 2010. The universal temperature dependence model fails to predict body temperatures of mammals and dinosaurs. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2010 Annual Meeting: abstract 98.7.

Wedel, M. J. 2007. Aligerando a los gigantes (Lightening the giants). ¡Fundamental! 12:1-84. [in Spanish, with English translation]  Read it

Wedel, M.J. 2007. What pneumaticity tells us about prosauropods, and vice versa. Special Papers in Palaeontology 77:207-222.

Wedel, M.J. 2006. Origin of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in dinosaurs. Integrative Zoology 1(2):80-85.  Read it

Wedel, M.J. 2005. Postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in sauropods and its implications for mass estimates. Pp. 201-228 in J.A. Wilson and K. Curry-Rogers (eds.), The Sauropods: Evolution and Paleobiology. University of California Press.

Wedel, M.J., and R.L. Cifelli. 2005. Sauroposeidon: Oklahoma's native giant. Oklahoma Geology Notes 65(2):40-57.