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Mark B. Goodwin

MARK B. GOODWIN, Assistant Director

1101 Valley Life Sciences Bldg.
Museum of Paleontology
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

tel. 510-643-9745
fax. 510-642-1822
email mark@berkeley.edu

Museum Responsibilities

The University of California Museum of Paleontology houses the largest collection of fossils on any University campus in the world. I am responsible for the management and operations of the Museum's collections and preparation labs. Together with a staff of five Museum Scientists, we share primary responsibility for the Museum's fossil vertebrate, invertebrate, paleobotanical, microfossil collections, and shared molecular lab. Museum Scientists participate in all aspects of Museum operations, including research, field work, public programs, outreach, exhibits, and student training in museum and field studies. Like the faculty, Museum Scientists have advanced degrees and do independent research.

Research Interests

My field and laboratory research is focused on Upper Cretaceous faunas of the Western Interior and the Mesozoic of Ethiopia. Since 1978, I have led and participated in field studies in the Upper Cretaceous Hell Creek and Judith River Formations of Montana. I spent three field seasons on the North Slope of Alaska collecting dinosaurs and Mesozoic mammals in the late 1980's under a joint project with the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks. In 1993, together with colleagues from Harvard University and Providence College, we initiated an ongoing investigation of Mesozoic sediments in the Blue Nile Gorge and Tigray Province, Ethiopia. Dr. William Clemens and I were awarded an NSF International Programs grant (NSF-INT 9507819) to continue research, museum and field studies of Mesozoic continental vertebrate faunas of Ethiopia in 1995-96. We recovered the first confirmed record of theropod dinosaurs from Ethiopia, as well as new records of crocodilians, turtles, and fish. Preliminary results were presented at the 1996 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. Field work in Ethiopia continued in 1998 and most recently in January, 2008. Plans for continuing field work and research are ongoing.

Current research projects include: Studies of pachycephalosaur cranial morphology, histology and behavior; Ontogeny and cranial variation in Triceratops; Stable isotope biogeochemistry of Cretaceous and Tertiary faunas; The effect of the burial environment on the stable isotope biogeochemistry of fossil bone and teeth; Eocene marine mammals from Israel and their biostratigraphic significance.

Selected Publications

Abstracts and Platform Presentations

Membership in Professional Societies