Current Research

Paleoecology, Stratigraphy, and Taphonomy of the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation, USA

  • Digital and Taphonomic Reconstruction of the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.
    • Utilizing 3D photogrammetry, taphonomy, and geochemistry to reconstruct the origin of the largest accumulation of predatory dinosaur bones in the world – the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry – and its relationship to other sites in the late Jurassic Morrison Formation.

Anti-mortem and Post-mortem Artifact Differentiation in Vertebrate Fossils

  • Experimental examinations in the role of microbial biofilms on soft-tissue preservation in vertebrate fossils.
    • Quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing the establishment, growth, and morphology of biofilms on extant archosaur bone in respect to variation in taphonomic modes and signatures. 
  • Distribution of Pathologies in Dinosaurus and Behavioral Implications.
    • Analyses of erosive lesions and pitting on marginocephalian crania and craniofacial injuries in theropod dinosaurs, and morphological and statistical comparisons with extant archosaurs.
  • Taphonomy of a Partial Hadrosaurid Skeleton Possessing Subadult Tyrannosaur Feeding Traces
    • Taphonomic reconstruction of the interactions between a late Cretaceous hadrosaurid carcass and a juvenile tyrannosaurid from the Hell Creek Formation of southeastern Montana.
  • Influences of Microbial Biofilms on Vertebrate Fossilization
    • Experimental taphonomy of extant archosaur remains in variable pH settings and biostratinomic conditions to explore the role of biofilms in the preservations of vertebrate remains.

Pleistocene Vertebrates in Wisconsin

  • Distribution of Mammoths and Mastodons in the Fox Valley, Wisconsin Region
    • A survey of probiscidean distributions around northeastern Wisconsin during the last glacial maximum.

Digital Paleontology

  • Constraining Accuracy on 3D Applications in Paleontology
    • Exploring the usefulness of 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry, and 3D printing in geoscience education, paleontological research, and open-source data-sharing. .