Students in our lab generally study topics related to major adaptations in vertebrate history, incorporating functional, phylogenetic, and other lines of evidence. Current research involves the evolution of major features in dinosaurs and their relatives, turtle evolution and morphology, developmental patterns in amniotes, evolution of sauropod pneumaticity, the emergence of tetrapods, the evolution of sexual dimorphism, and evolutionary changes in bone histology. Our principal interests apart from science include music, history, philosophy, baseball, football, hockey, and cooking. Oh, and off the wall humor.
We seek graduate students who want to ask integrative questions about the life of the past, particularly regarding Mesozoic vertebrates. Our students are well supported, and have a guarantee of at least five years of support from research associateships, curatorial assistance, and graduate student instructorships, in addition to any outside fellowships that the students may be awarded. New graduate students, whether with strong biological or geological background, are highly encouraged to work on topics related to vertebrate paleontology and evolution. For more information about graduate work, look up the Department of Integrative Biology.