Starting Summer off Right…with My First-Ever Research Talk!

A bounty of shark teeth found on the fossil pile...I was ever in search of chompers from Megalodon

Back at the end of May, I started off my summer with a road trip to Aurora, NC for the 11th annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology (SeAVP) and 25th Anniversary Aurora Fossil Festival. SeAVP is a smaller regional conference, and it was a great place to give my first research talk. […]

Abstract: Modeling and Assessing Transpressional Tectonics on Europa through General Shear

A glimpse of the surface of Europa

In the outer solar system, large planets have accrued a sum of moons which orbit them and vary in size from only a few kilometers across to roughly the size of the Earth’s moon. The four largest and most recognizable moons of Jupiter are Ganymede, Io, Callisto, and Europa, “discovered” by Galileo in 1610 with […]

The Dimetrodon Dilemma

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Dimetrodon was the apex terrestrial predator of the early to middle Permian. This genus is a “pelycosaur”-grade synapsid, and a member of Sphenacodontidae the most derived family of basal synapsids. This “sail”-backed ancestor of mammals is conventionally depicted with sprawling posture, but this may be incorrect. Its trackways lack belly-dragging marks and its spine exhibits […]