People

Principal Investigator

LINDSAY E. ZANNO, Ph.D.

Division Head, Paleontology, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Assistant Research Professor, Biological Sciences, NC State University

Honorary Research Staff, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of Witwatersrand

Research Associate, Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History

Research Associate, Paleontology, Natural History Museum of Utah

Research Associate, Vertebrate Paleontology, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural Sciences

Research Associate, Dept. of Marine, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University

e-mail: lindsay.zanno@naturalsciences.org; lezanno@ncsu.edu

Twitter: @expeditionlive

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Dr. Zanno

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Management Team

LISA HERZOG, M.A., M.S. student, Biological Sciences, NC State University

Operations Manager, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Evolution of turtles; paleopathology; specimen conservation and preparation

e-mail: lisa.herzog@naturalsciences.org

Twitter: @TrivialMonk

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L. Herzog

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AARON GITERMAN

Chief Fossil Preparator, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

specimen preparation and conservation; CT scanning and 3D modeling

e-mail: aaron.giterman@naturalsciences.org

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A. Giterman

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Postdoctoral Scientists

JASON BOURKE, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, NC State University & NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Soft tissue reconstruction in extinct and extant species, cranial airflow, circulation, and heat dynamics; archosaurian physiology

e-mail: jason.bourke@naturalsciences.org

Twitter: @Ninjemys

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Dr. Bourke

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AURORE CANOVILLE, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher,NC State University & NC Museum of Natural Sciences (NSF award # 1552328)

Microstructural and histochemical characterization of medullary bone in birds and non-avian dinosaurs; microanatomical diversity of tetrapod long bones and paleoecological inferences

e-mail: acanovi@ncsu.edu

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Dr. Canoville

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DAVID BUTTON, Ph.D.

Brimley Postdoctoral Scholar, NC State University & NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Vertebrate biomechanics and soft tissue reconstruction, phylogenetic comparative methods, biogeographical and macroevolutionary analysis; the evolution of herbivory in vertebrates

e-mail: coming soon

Twitter: @ItsDavidButton

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Dr. D. Button

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Current Graduate Students

SUSAN DRYMALA, M.S., Ph.D student, Biological Sciences, NC State University

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

e-mail: sdrymal@ncsu.edu

Twitter: @SusanDryLlama

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S. Drymala

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KHAI BUTTON, Ph.D. student, Biological Sciences, NC State University

Paleobiology and evolution of dinosaurs; detangling relationships between beak morphology and diet in birds and non-avian theropods

e-mail: kabutton@ncsu.edu

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K. Button

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JENS KOSCH, M.Sc., Ph.D. student, Biological Sciences, NC State University

Sauropod dentitions and their ecological and evolutionary implication;
feeding ecology in non-avian dinosaurs

e-mail: jkosch@ncsu.edu

J. Kosch

J. Kosch

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HAVIV AVRAHAMI, M.S. student, Biological Sciences, NC State University

Cretaceous microvertebrates, evolution of ornithischian dinosaurs

e-mail: hmavraha@ncsu.edu

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H. Avrahami

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Undergraduate Students

DEVIN HOFFMAN

B.S. student Appalachian State University

Advanced visualization & 3D modelling; aetosaur anatomy, enamel microstructure of phytosaurs

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D. Hoffman

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PEISHU LI

B.S. student Duke University

Cranial airflow of hadrosaurs; CT and 3D modeling

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P. Li

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YANELIS DELGADO

B.S. student Appalachian State University

Microvertebrates, Late Triassic ecosystems

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Y. Delgado

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Research Associates & Lab Alumni

TERRY “BUCKY” GATES, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Biological Sciences, NC State University

Anatomy and evolution of hadrosaur dinosaurs; dinosaur socioecology; evolution of sharks; taphonomy and paleoecology of terrestrial ecosystems; citizen science

e-mail: terryagates@gmail.com

Twitter: @terryagates

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Dr. Gates

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RYAN TUCKER, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, Stellenbosch University

Sedimentolocial, geochronologic, palaeontological and taphonomic context for fossil assemblages in earth’s history

e-mail: tucker@sun.ac.za

Twitter: @gravelmonkey_76

Website: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/science/earthsciences/staff-and-postgrads/academic-staff/dr-ryan-tucker

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ryan_Tucker2

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Dr. Tucker

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VICTORIA ARBOUR, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Evans Lab, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Brimley Research Scholar Alumnus 2014-2016, NC Museum of Natural Sciences & NC State University

Anatomy, systematics, and evolution of ankylosaurid dinosaurs; dinosaur biomechanics and functional morphology; Late Cretaceous North American and Mongolian dinosaur biogeography

e-mail: forthcoming

Twitter: @VictoriaArbour

Blog: http://pseudoplocephalus.blogspot.com

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Dr. Arbour

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ALISON MOYER, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Drexel University

Molecular paleontology, beta-keratin and microbody preservation in the fossil record, immunohistochemistry, STEM education 

 

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Dr. Moyer

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JOSHUA A. SMITH

Ichnology; Mesozoic ecosystems; paleoenvironment

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J. Smith

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ANDREW B. HECKERT, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Geology, Appalachian State University

Triassic microvertebrates; aetosaurs; early archosauromorph evolution; Triassic tetrapod biostratigraphy; Triassic fossils of North Carolina, undergraduate research

e-mail: heckertab@appstate.edu

Website: http://www.appstate.edu/~heckertab/

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrew_Heckert

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Dr. Heckert

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NICHOLAS MAZZOLENI

B.S. student, Mechanical Engineering, NC State University

Function, mechanics, & evolution of avian medullary bone, energy harvesting on Mars

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-mazzoleni-633295103?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

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N. Mazzoleni

 

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