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CV and Publications

April 5, 2010

MATHEW JOHN WEDEL
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and
College of Podiatric Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
309 East Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1854
mathew.wedel@gmail.com

Click on links in parentheses for PDFs.

PREPRINTS ONLINE

Taylor, M.P., and Wedel, M.J. The neck of Barosaurus was not only longer but also wider than those of Diplodocus and other diplodocines. PeerJ PrePrints 1:e67v1. DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.67v1

PAPERS IN PRESS

Taylor, M.P., Upchurch, P., Yates, A.M., Wedel, M.J., and Naish, D. In press. Sauropodomorpha. In de Queiroz, K., Cantino, P.D., and Gauthier, J.A. (eds.), Phylonyms: a Companion to the PhyloCode. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Taylor, M.P., Upchurch, P., Yates, A.M., Wedel, M.J., and Naish, D. In press. Sauropoda. In de Queiroz, K., Cantino, P.D., and Gauthier, J.A. (eds.), Phylonyms: a Companion to the PhyloCode. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

RESEARCH PAPERS

20. Penera, K., Manji, K., Wedel, M., Shofler, D., and  Labovitz, J. 2014. Ankle syndesmotic fixation using two screws: Risk of injury to the Perforating Branch of the Peroneal Artery. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery 53(5):534-8. DOI: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.04.006 (Penera et al 2014 ankle syndesmotic fixation – advance online version)

19. Wedel, M.J., and Taylor, M.P. 2013b. Caudal pneumaticity and pneumatic hiatuses in the sauropod dinosaurs Giraffatitan and Apatosaurus. PLOS ONE 8(10):e78213. 14 pages. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078213 (Wedel Taylor 2013b caudal pneumaticity in Giraffatitan and Apatosaurus)

18. Taylor, M.P., and Wedel, M.J. 2013b. The effect of intervertebral cartilage on neutral posture and range of motion in the necks of sauropod dinosaurs. PLOS ONE 8(10): e78214. 17 pages. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078214 (Taylor Wedel 2013b intervertebral cartilage in sauropod necks)

17. Wedel, M.J., and Taylor, M.P. 2013a. Neural spine bifurcation in sauropod dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation: ontogenetic and phylogenetic implications. Palarch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 10(1): 1-34. (Wedel Taylor 2013 neural spine bifurcation in sauropods)

16. Taylor, M.P., and Wedel, M.J. 2013a. Why sauropods had long necks; and why giraffes have short necks. PeerJ 1:e36 (Taylor and Wedel 2013 sauropod necks)

15. Wedel, M.J. 2012. A monument of inefficiency: the presumed course of the recurrent laryngeal nerve in sauropod dinosaurs. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57(2):251-256. (Wedel 2012 dino RLN)

14.  Yates, A.M., Wedel, M.J., and Bonnan, M.F. 2012. The early evolution of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in sauropodomorph dinosaurs. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57(1):85-100. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4202/app.2010.0075 (Yates et al 2012 prosauropod pneumaticity)

13. Taylor, M.P., Hone, D.W.E., Wedel, M.J., and Naish, D. 2011. The long necks of sauropods did not evolve primarily through sexual selection. Journal of Zoology. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2011.00824.x (Taylor et al 2011 no necks for sex)

12.  Taylor, M.P., Wedel, M.J., and Cifelli, R.L. 2011. A new sauropod dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation, Utah, USA. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 56(1):75-98. (Taylor et al 2011 Brontomerus)

11.  Taylor, M.P., Wedel, M.J., and Naish, D. 2009. Head and neck posture in sauropod dinosaurs inferred from extant animals. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 54:213-220. (Taylor et al 2009 neck posture)

10.  Wedel, M.J. 2009a. Evidence for bird-like air sacs in saurischian dinosaurs. Journal of Experimental Zoology 311A(8):611-628. (Wedel 2009 air sacs)

9.  Wedel, M.J. 2007a. What pneumaticity tells us about ‘prosauropods’, and vice versa. Special Papers in Palaeontology 77:207-222. (Wedel 2007 prosauropods)

8.  Wedel, M.J. 2006. Origin of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in dinosaurs. Integrative Zoology 2:80-85. (Wedel 2006 pneumaticity origins)

7.  Wedel, M.J. 2005. Postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in sauropods and its implications for mass estimates; pp. 201-228 in Wilson, J.A., and Curry-Rogers, K. (eds.), The Sauropods: Evolution and Paleobiology. University of California Press, Berkeley. (Wedel 2005 mass estimates)

6.  Bonnan, M.F., and Wedel, M.J. 2004. First occurrence of Brachiosaurus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of Oklahoma. PaleoBios 24(2):13-21. (Bonnan Wedel 2004 Oklahoma Brachiosaurus)

5.  Wedel, M.J. 2003b. The evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in sauropod dinosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23:344-357. (Wedel 2003 evolution of pneumaticity)

4.  Wedel, M.J. 2003a. Vertebral pneumaticity, air sacs, and the physiology of sauropod dinosaurs. Paleobiology 29:243-255. (Wedel 2003 sauropod pneumaticity)

3.  Wedel, M.J., and Sanders, R.K. 2002. Osteological correlates of cervical musculature in Aves and Sauropoda (Dinosauria: Saurischia), with comments on the cervical ribs of Apatosaurus. PaleoBios 22(3):1-6. (Wedel Sanders 2002 sauropod necks)

2.  Wedel, M.J., Cifelli, R.L., and Sanders, R.K. 2000b. Osteology, paleobiology, and relationships of the sauropod dinosaur Sauroposeidon. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 45:343-388. (Wedel et al 2000 Sauroposeidon in Acta)

1.  Wedel, M.J., Cifelli, R.L., and Sanders, R.K. 2000a. Sauroposeidon proteles, a new sauropod from the Early Cretaceous of Oklahoma. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 20:109-114. (Wedel et al 2000 Sauroposeidon in JVP)

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

10. Wedel, M.J. 2011. We are all air-heads: of sinus headaches and strangled birds. Cosmos Online. (Wedel 2011 we are all airheads)

9.  Taylor, M. P., Farke, A.A., and Wedel, M.J. 2010. The Open Dinosaur Project. The Palaeontological Association Newsletter 73:59-63. (Taylor et al 2010 ODP)

8.  Farke, A.A., Taylor, M.P., and Wedel, M.J. 2009. Public databases offer one solution to mistrust and secrecy. Nature 461:1053. (Farke et al 2009 open science)

7. Wedel, M.J. 2009d. Spinosaurus. Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. (link)

6. Wedel, M.J. 2009c. Dilong. Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. (link)

5. Wedel, M.J. 2009b. Caudipteryx. Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. (link)

4.  Wedel, M.J. 2007c. Review of: Tidwell, V., and K. Carpenter (eds.). 2005. Thunder-Lizards: The Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs. Indiana University Press, Bloomington. In: PalArch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology. Unpaginated, 2pp. (Wedel 2007 Thunder-Lizards review)

3.  Wedel, M.J. 2007b. Aligerando a los gigantes (Lightening the giants). ¡Fundamental! 12:1-84. [in Spanish, with English translation] (Wedel 2007 Fundamental)

2.  Wedel, M.J., and Cifelli, R.L. 2005. Sauroposeidon: Oklahoma’s native giant. Oklahoma Geology Notes 65:40-57. (Wedel Cifelli 2005 Oklahoma giant)

1.  Wedel, M.J. 2000. Reconstructing Brachiosaurus. Prehistoric Times 42:47. (Wedel 2000 reconstructing Brachiosaurus)

ABSTRACTS

41. Wedel, M.J., Fiorillo, A., Maxwell, D., and Tykoski, R. 2014. Pneumatic diverticula associated with the spinal cord in birds, sauropod dinosaurs, and other ornithodiran archosaurs. 62nd Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Meeting Proceedings, p. 60.

40. Taylor, M.P., and Wedel, M.J. 2014. Slender giants. 62nd Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Meeting Proceedings, p. 52.

39. Henderson, D., and Wedel, M. 2014. The long tails of sauropod dinosaurs did not evolve to counter-balance their long necks. 62nd Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Meeting Proceedings, p. 36.

38. Wedel, M.J., and Naish, D. 2014. Sauroposeidon and kin: giant titanosauriforms from the Early Cretaceous of North America and Europe. In Kirkland, J., Foster, J., Foster-Hunt, R., Liggett, G.A., and Trujillo, K. (eds.), Mid-Mesozoic: The Age of Dinosaurs in Transition, p. 80. (Wedel and Naish 2014 Sauroposeidon and kin for Mid-Mesozoic Conference)

37. Kraatz, B., Bumacod, N., Wedel, M., and Sherratt, E. 2014. Skull evolution in leporids (rabbits and hares). Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, 2014 meeting proceedings. (Kraatz et al 2014 WAVP abstract – rabbit skull evolution)

36. Farke, A., Maxwell, D., Cifelli, R., and Wedel, M. 2013. Biogeography of basal neoceratopsian dinosaurs illuminated by a skull from the Cloverly Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of Montana. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33, Supplement to Issue 3: 125A. (Farke et al 2013 – basal neoceratopsian skull from Cloverly)

35. Wedel, M.J. 2013. A giant, skeletally immature individual of Apatosaurus from the Morrison Formation of Oklahoma. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 2013 meeting proceedings. (Wedel 2013 SVPCA – giant Apatosaurus from Oklahoma)

34. Taylor, M.P, and Wedel, M.J. 2013. Our concept of Barosaurus is based on erroneously referred specimens. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 2013 meeting proceedings. (Taylor and Wedel 2013 SVPCA – Barosaurus revisited) (slides) UPDATE: Our concept of Barosaurus is not based on erroneously referred specimens, but Barosaurus is still weirder than anticipated.

33. Kraatz, B.P., Bumacod, N., Wedel, M., Azevedo, B. 2013 Evolution, ecology, and modularity of the lagomorph skull. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA. (Kraatz et al SICB 2013 – evolution ecology and modularity of lagomorph skull)

32. Kraatz, B.K., Bumacod, N., and Wedel, M.J. 2012. Ecological correlates to cranial morphology within Leporidae. 1st Annual Southwestern Regional Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Berndardino, CA.

31. Wedel, M.J. 2012. The evolution and development of skeletal pneumaticity: exceptions to the epithelial hypothesis suggest other levels of control. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 2012 meeting proceedings. (Wedel 2012 SVPCA – evolution and development of skeletal pneumaticity)

30. Taylor, M.P, and Wedel, M.J. 2012. Re-evaluating “Apatosaurusminimus, a bizarre Morrison-Formation sauropod with diplodocoid and macronarian features. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 2012 meeting proceedings. (Taylor and Wedel 2012 SVPCA – reevaluating Apatosaurus minimus) (slides)

29. Bumacod, N., Kraatz, B.P., and Wedel, M.J. 2012. Lagomorph cranial evolution: a morphometric study. World Lagomorph Conference, 2012 meeting proceedings. (Bumacod et al WLC4 2012 Proceedings – lagomorph cranial evolution a morphometric study)

28. Graff, V.I., Wedel, M.J., and Taylor, M.P. 2012. Evaluating hypotheses of neck support in sauropod dinosaurs. CalPaleo, 2012 meeting proceedings. (Graff et al 2012 CalPaleo – neck support in sauropod dinosaurs)

27. Wedel, M.J. What pneumaticity tells us about sauropods, and vice versa. CalPaleo, 2012 meeting proceedings. (Wedel 2012 CalPaleo – what pneumaticity tells us about sauropods)

26.  Wedel, M.J., and Yates, A.M. 2011. A Diplodocus-sized bipedal basal sauropodomorph from the Late Triassic of South Africa. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 2011 meeting proceedings. (Wedel and Yates 2011 SVPCA – a Diplodocus-sized bipedal basal sauropodomorph from South Africa)

25. Taylor, M.P., and Wedel, M.J. 2011. Sauropod necks: how much do we really know? Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 2011 meeting proceedings. (Taylor and Wedel 2011 SVPCA – sauropod necks how much do we really know) (slides)

24.  Wedel, M.J., and Yates, A.M. 2011. A Diplodocus-sized bipedal basal sauropodomorph from the Late Triassic of South Africa. Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, 2011 meeting proceedings. (Wedel and Yates 2011 WAVP – a Diplodocus-sized bipedal basal sauropodomorph from South Africa)

23. Lee, A., Irmis, R., Wedel, M., Werning, S., and Padian, K. 2010. The universal temperature dependence model fails to predict body temperatures accurately for extant amniotes and extinct dinosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30, Supplement to Issue 3: 121A. (Lee et al 2010 SVP – universal temperature dependence model and dinosaurs)

22.  Wedel, M.J., and Taylor, M.P. 2010. Caudal pneumaticity and pneumatic hiatuses in the sauropod dinosaurs Giraffatitan and Apatosaurus. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 2010 meeting proceedings. (Wedel Taylor 2010 SVPCA – caudal pneumaticity in Giraffatitan and Apatosaurus)

21.  Taylor, M.P., and Wedel, M.J. 2010. Why giraffes have such short necks. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 2010 meeting proceedings. (Taylor Wedel 2010 SVPCA – why giraffes have such short necks) (slides)

20.  Wedel, M.J., and Pyenson, N.J. 2010. The evolution of gigantism in sauropods and whales: constrasting solutions to common problems. International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, 2010 meeting proceedings. (Wedel Pyenson 2010 ICVM – evolution of gigantism in sauropods and whales)

19.  Hone, D.W.E., Wedel, M.J., Xu, X., and Clark, J.M. 2009. A small Asian brachiosaurid sauropod dinosaur from the Late Middle Jurassic of China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29, Supplement to Issue 3. (Hone et al 2009 SVP – a small Asian brachiosaurid dinosaur from Middle Jurassic of China) UPDATE: Probably not a brachiosaurid after all–stay tuned for a manuscript soonish.

18.  Naish, D., Taylor, M.P., and Wedel, M.J. 2009. Extant animals provide new insights on head and neck posture in sauropods. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29, Supplement to Issue 3. (Naish et al 2009 SVP – extant animals provide new insights on head and neck posture in sauropods) (poster)

17.  Yates, A., Wedel, M., and Bonnan, M. 2009. The early evolution of postcranial pneumaticity in sauropodomorph dinosaurs: New evidence from South Africa. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29, Supplement to Issue 3. (Yates et al 2009 SVP – early evolution of poscranial pneumaticity in sauropodomorphs)

16.  Sanders, R.K., and Wedel, M.J. 2008. The endocranial anatomy of the dome-skulled chalicothere Tylocephalonyx UCMP 115867 with emphasis on the paranasal sinuses and turbinates. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28, Supplement to Issue 3. (Sanders and Wedel 2008 SVP – endocranial anatomy of dome-skulled chalicothere Tylocephalonyx)

15.  Wedel, M.J., and Taylor, M.P. 2008. Did sauropods really decline in the Early Cretaceous of North America? PaleoBios 28(1), Supplement, p. 8. (Wedel and Taylor 2008 CalPaleo – did sauropods really decline in Early Cretaceous of North America)

14.  Pine, S., and Wedel, M. 2007. Increases in sacral vertebrae in non-avian dinosaurs: a pervasive, homoplastic, driven evolutionary trend. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27, Supplement to Issue 3: 130A. (Pine and Wedel 2007 SVP – increases in sacral vertebrae in dinosaurs, a driven evolutionary trend)

13. Wedel, M.J. 2007. Evidence for bird-like air sacs in sauropods and other saurischian dinosaurs. Journal of Morphology 268(12): 1147. (Wedel 2007 ICVM – evidence for bird-like air sacs in saurischian dinosaurs)

12.  Wedel, M.J. 2006. Pneumaticity, neck length, and body size in sauropods. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26, Supplement to Issue 3: 137A. (Wedel 2006 SVP – pneumaticity neck length and body size in sauropods)

11.  Wedel, M.J. 2005. What pneumaticity tells us about “prosauropods”, and vice versa. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25, Supplement to Issue 3: 128A. [listed below under Invited Talks and Symposia] (Wedel 2005 SVP – what pneumaticity tells us about prosauropods)

10.  Wedel, M.J. 2004. Skeletal pneumaticity in saurischian dinosaurs and its implications for mass estimates. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24, Supplement to Issue 3: 127A. (Wedel 2004 SVP – skeletal pneumaticity and mass estimates)

9.  Wedel, M.J., Bonnan, M.F., and Sanders, R.K. 2002. Two previously unreported sauropod dinosaurs from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of Oklahoma. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22, Supplement to Issue 3: 118A. (Wedel et al 2002 SVP – two previously unreported sauropods from Oklahoma Morrison)

8.  Wedel, M.J. 2002. An unusually large cervical rib of Apatosaurus from the Morrison Formation of Oklahoma, with comments on the cervical musculature of sauropods. PaleoBios 22(1), Supplement, p. 8. (CalPaleo meeting proceedings) (Wedel 2002 CalPaleo – unusually large cervical rib of Apatosaurus from Oklahoma)

7.  Wedel, M.J. 2002. Ontogeny and vertebral pneumaticity in sauropod dinosaurs. Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, 2002 Meeting Proceedings.

6.  Wedel, M.J. 2001. Evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in the Sauropoda. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21, Supplement to Issue 3: 111A-112A. [listed above under Invited Talks and Symposia] (Wedel 2001 SVP – evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in sauropods)

5.  Sanders, R.K., Wedel, M.J., Sereno, P.C., and Staab, G. 2000. A restoration of the cranio-cervical system in Jobaria. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 20, Supplement to Issue 3: 67A. (Sanders et al 2000 SVP – restoration of Jobaria)

4.  Wedel, M.J. 2000. New material of sauropod dinosaurs from the Cloverly Formation. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 20, Supplement to Issue 3: 77A. (Wedel 2000 SVP – new material of sauropods from Cloverly Formation)

3.  Wedel, M.J., and Sanders, R.K. 1999. Comparative anatomy and functional morphology of the cervical series in ratites and sauropods. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 19, Supplement to Issue 3: 83A. (Wedel Sanders 1999 SVP – comparative neck anatomy in birds and sauropods)

2.  Wedel, M.J., and Sanders, R.K. 1998. Using computerized tomography to investigate sauropod cervical morphology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18, Supplement to Issue 3: 87A. (Wedel Sanders 1998 SVP – CTs of sauropod vertebrae)

1.  Wedel, M.J., and Cifelli, R.L. 1997. A new sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Oklahoma. SVP 1997 Program Changes, p. 3. (Wedel Cifelli 1997 SVP – new sauropod from Early Cretaceous of Oklahoma)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2014-present – Associate Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, Western University of Health Sciences

2008-2014 – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, Western University of Health Sciences

2007-2008 – Instructor, School of Natural Science and Writing Program, UC Merced

2004-2005 – NSF Graduate Teaching Fellow, UC Berkeley

2001: Instructor, Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma

EDUCATION

2007 – Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Advisors: Kevin Padian and Bill Clemens
Title: Postcranial pneumaticity in dinosaurs and the origin of the avian lung (PDF: Wedel 2007 dissertation)

2001 – M.S., Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Advisor: Richard L. Cifelli
Title: The evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in the Sauropoda (PDF: Wedel 2001 MS thesis)

1997 – B.S., cum laude, Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Advisor: Richard L. Cifelli
Title: A new sauropod from the Early Cretaceous of Oklahoma (PDF: Wedel 1997 BS thesis)

HONORS AND AWARDS

2010 – Honorable Mention, Most-Cited Paper in 2010, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

2009 – Wedel (2009a) is one of the Top 20 Most Downloaded Papers in the Journal of Experimental Zoology

2009 – Top Reviewer, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B

2006 – Fourth International Award in Palaeontology Research, Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel – Dinópolis, Spain

2005 – George D. Louderback Award, UC Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley

2004 – Teaching Effectiveness Award, University of California, Berkeley

2004 – Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley Dept. of Integrative Biology

2004 – First Place, University of Oklahoma Graduate College Student Poster Session

DOCUMENTARY APPEARANCES

October 17, 2011 – “Weird or What: Monsters.” History Channel Canada.

August 19, 2011 – “Jurassic CSI: Megasaurus.” National Geographic Channel.

December 13, 2009 – “Clash of the Dinosaurs: Generations.” The Discovery Channel.

December 6, 2009 – “Clash of the Dinosaurs: Extreme Survivors.” The Discovery Channel.
“Clash of the Dinosaurs: Perfect Predators.” The Discovery Channel.
“Clash of the Dinosaurs: The Defenders.” The Discovery Channel.

September 24, 2009 – “Animal Armageddon: The Next Extinction”. Animal Planet.

March 5, 2009 – “Animal Armageddon: Panic in the Sky”. Animal Planet.

February 26, 2009 – “Animal Armageddon: Doomsday”. Animal Planet.

November 8, 2008 – “Evolve: Size”. The History Channel.

September 2, 2008 – “Evolve: Flight”. The History Channel.

March 23, 2008 – “Walking With Dinosaurs 2008”. The Discovery Channel.

INVITED TALKS AND SYMPOSIA

July 5, 2014. “Flip-top heads, air-filled bones, and teenage pregnancy: how the largest dinosaurs got so big.” Summer Paleontology Program, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Natural History, Claremont, CA.

February 4, 2014. “Photographic specimens and composing illustrations.” Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA.

July 9, 2013. “Cosmic collision: asteroids and dinosaurs.” AstroCamp, Idyllwild, CA.

April 4, 2013. “What paleontologists do.” Claremont Kiwanis Club, Claremont, CA.

May 2, 2012. “What pneumaticity tells us about sauropods, and vice versa.” A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL.

April 8, 2012. “Flip-top heads, air-filled bones, and teenage pregnancy: how sauropod dinosaurs got so big.” Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA.

December 11, 2011. “Sauropod pneumaticity: a report from the front lines.” DFG 533 ‘Evolution of Sauropod Gigantism’ workshop, University of Bonn, Germany.

March 23, 2011. “All-time giants: how the largest dinosaurs got so big.” San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA.

November 11, 2010. “Impacts and the history of life: an observer’s perspective.” AstroCamp, Idyllwild, CA.

July 27, 2010. “The evolution of gigantism in whales and sauropods: contrasting solutions to common problems.” Evolution of Gigantism symposium, ICVM, Punta del Este Uruguay.

February 11, 2010. “Professional ethics in paleontology.” Webb Schools, Claremont, CA.

July 18, 2009 – “Cosmic catastrophe: asteroids vs. dinosaurs.” San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA.

April 25, 2009 – “The evolution of dinosaurs.” Tree of Life workshop, Jepson Herbarium, Berkeley, CA.

November 20, 2008 – “A new sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Utah.” Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

November 16, 2008 – “Vertebral pneumaticity and the repeated evolution of long necks in sauropods.” DFG 533 ‘Evolution of Sauropod Gigantism’ workshop, University of Bonn, Germany.

November 14, 2008 – “Confessions of an air-head: pneumatic bones and sauropod lungs.” DFG 533 ‘Evolution of Sauropod Gigantism’ workshop, University of Bonn, Germany.

November 20, 2005 – “Carving your Thanksgiving dinosaur.” Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA.

October 22, 2005 – “What pneumaticity tells us about ‘prosauropods’, and vice versa.” Evolution of Giants symposium, 65th SVP meeting, Mesa, AZ.

October 3, 2001 – “The evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in the Sauropoda.” Sauropod Evolution and Paleobiology symposium in honor of John S. McIntosh, 61st SVP meeting, Bozeman, MT.

April 26, 2001. “Sauroposeidon and air sac systems in dinosaurs.” Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK.

March 22, 2001. “Vertebral pneumaticity in dinosaurs: evolution and implications.” Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA.

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING (employer, supervisor, duties)

2013 – Mega Brands America, Inc., Theresa Wong, fact checking and proofing art for upcoming product

2012-2013 – Scholastic, Inc., Sam Nisson, research, fact checking, and proofing art for upcoming product

2011 – Capstone Press, Shelly Lyons, research, fact checking, and proofing art for Dinosaur Timeline book

2011 – Capstone Press, Christine Peterson, research, fact checking, and proofing art for dinosaur book series

2011 – Scholastic, Inc., Megan Butler, research, fact checking, and proofing art for iPad app The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs

2010 – Scholastic Inc., Jennifer Contrucci, research, fact checking, and proofing art for Nintendo Digging Dinosaurs video game

2009-11 – Capstone Press, Aaron Souter, fact checking and proofing art for Dinosaur Wars book series

2008 – Scholastic, Inc., Megan Butler, research, fact checking, and proofing art for upcoming video game

2007-08 – Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc., Julia Petchey, research, fact checking, and proofing illustrations for book T. Rex’s Mighty Roar

2006-07 – University of California Museum of Paleontology, Judy Scotchmoor, revising and writing content for UCMP taxa pages

2005 – Lawrence Hall of Science, Brooke Smith, research, fact checking, signage, and public demonstrations for exhibit Big Dinos Return

2003 – Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc., Wesley Hall, research, fact checking, and proofing illustrations for book Leap and the Lost Dinosaur

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Selected by Proceedings B as a Top Reviewer in 2009.

Over 70 peer reviews for Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, AMNH Novitates, Anatomical Record, Biological Reviews, Biology Letters, Bonner Zoologische Beiträge, BYU Geology Studies, Cretaceous Research, Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae, Historical Biology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Journal of Morphology, Journal of Systematic Paleontology, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, III Latin-American Congress of Vertebrate Paleontology, Naturwissenschaften, Neues Jahrbuch, Palaeontologica Electronica, Palaeontology, PaleoBios, PeerJ, PLoS ONE, Proceedings B, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, and Indiana University Press.

Updated July 11, 2014

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