Mathew Wedel hangs out with an Apatosaurus vertebra

Mathew Wedel
B.S., Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 1997
M.S., Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 2001
Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Current Position: Lecturer, University of California, Merced

I am interested in (1) the origin of major innovations, such as the flow-through lungs of birds; (2) the role of development in macroevolution; (3) parallel and convergent evolution; and (4) physiological and ecological constraints on the evolution of large body size. My major areas of research are the origin of the avian lung, the evolution of pneumatic (air-filled) bones in dinosaurs and birds, and the physiology and paleoecology of sauropod dinosaurs, the largest terrestrial animals of all time. I integrate data from the fossil record with anatomical and developmental studies of living animals, using dissection and CT and micro CT scanning. My CV and pdf's of my papers are available at:

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