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       In terms of research, I’d classify myself as a paleomammalogist. In other words, I study the evolution of mammals and mammal communities over geologic time using data from the fossil record. My research mostly focuses on the mammals of South America. This continent has a rich fossil record and was geographically isolated for most of the past 65 million years. Together, these attributes make it an excellent place to test models of mammal adaptation, diversification, and community ecology.
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       My research currently focuses on four areas:
              • field investigations in Bolivia and Chile
              • new species and evolutionary relationships of South American mammals
              • paleobiology of extinct mammals, especially of notoungulates
              • patterns of species diversities and distributions
       Of course, much of this is research is collaborative and involves colleagues and/or students (both undergraduate and graduate). If you'd like to learn more, feel free to explore some of the links below. You can also check out my digital poster from Research ShowCase, which provides an overview of vertebrate paleontology and the sorts of things I do. You can also listen to an informal interview of mine on Futures in Biotech or a Tupper Seminar talk I gave at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on fossil mammals from Chile.

DC Working
Recent and
Current Projects
Evolutionary Ecology Research
and Abstracts
South American Fossil Mammals
Paleontological Fieldwork
South America Map
Other Paleontology Links
Take a look at this page to read about various projects I'm currently working on or am interested in starting. Most of my publications on this list have links allowing you to download abstracts in PDF format. Full text PDF files are available upon request for many of these. Do you know what a notoungulate is? How about an astrapothere? These are just some of the underpublicized South American fossil mammals discussed in these notes. Going out into the wilderness to collect fossils is what most people think paleontology is all about. I do my fair share of fieldwork, and you can read about some of it here.
If you're looking for other South American paleomammalogy links, this is the place to find them. A few more general vertebrate paleontology links also are included.
This page was last updated on August 1, 2012.