Welcome to my website! I am a vertebrate paleontologist who specializes in the study of the tracks and traces of Mesozoic animals, specifically Cretaceous-age (145 million years ago to 66 million years ago) dinosaurs and birds!

I worked (May 2004 – April 2019) as Collections Manager and Curator for the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre, a non-profit research, archives, and display facility (a.k.a. a museum) in northeast British Columbia since 2004. Much of the research on the tracks and traces of dinosaurs and other vertebrates in British Columbia takes our┬áresearch team into the remote wilderness for extended periods of time. I also compare the dinosaur and bird tracks found in western Canada to similar-aged tracks from around the world, including Australia, China, Germany, South Korea, Turkmenistan, and the United States.

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Jindongornipes, an Early Cretaceous bird track from South Korea.

Part of my research is using the tracks and traces of present-day birds to find out what information about the diversity and behavior has the potential to be preserved in the fossil tracks of extinct birds. Observing present-day birds making tracks and traces in their natural habitats is the perfect living laboratory in which to test ideas about the behaviors and diversity represented by fossil bird tracks.

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Unknown gull footprint, with drag marks showing the gull coming in for a landing, South Korea.

Prospecting 130 million-year-old rocks for dinosaur tracks in northeast British Columbia (left); Gypsichnites (small herbivorous dinosaur) tracks from near Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia (right).

This site provides a summary of my research and social media experience, as well as information on my paleontology consulting experience. Please use the Contact page if you would like more information.