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kammererReviews Editor

Christian Kammerer is a vertebrate paleontologist working at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany. He received his doctorate in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago in 2009. Christian's research focuses on the evolution of Permo-Triassic terrestrial vertebrates, with a special emphasis on non-mammalian synapsids (although he has been known to dally in the "dark side" of archosaurian research). His interests include synapsid paleoecology, biogeography, and phylogeny, topics which have historically been hamstrung by the sorry state of synapsid species-level taxonomy. To remedy this, he has been gradually working his way through comprehensive taxonomic revisions of all the major synapsid clades, with current attention being given to the Gorgonopsia. Christian's field programs center on the exploration of understudied Permo-Triassic basins, and has for the past several years been engaged in fieldwork in northeastern Brazil. He not-so-secretly got his start in ichthyology, and maintains an interest in fish biomechanics and diversity through time.

 

gettyPatrick R. Getty
Department of Geology
Collin College
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway Plano, TX 75074 USA
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Dr. Patrick Getty was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, which is situated in the Early Mesozoic Hartford Basin. Thus, from an early age, was exposed to trace fossils as his parents took him to various local dinosaur tracksites. He attended the University of Massachusetts as an undergraduate, where he studied biology and conducted a senior research project on a dinosaur track quarry that was active in the 1920s. Patrick then earned his Master's Degree, also from the University of Massachusetts, in the Department of Geosciences. His Master's work on the enigmatic Cambrian trace fossil Climactichnites took him to Missouri, Wisconsin, and New York in the United States, as well as Ontario and Quebec in Canada. Patrick then earned his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, in the Center for Integrative Geosciences, where he continued his work on the ichnology of the Hartford Basin, while adding the trace fossils of the Carboniferous Narragansett Basin to his areas of interest and study. Patrick is now Professor of Geology at Collin College in Plano, Texas. His interests are varied and include paleoecology, as well as organism-substrate interactions and ichnotaxonomy. He is also an advocate of using neoichnological experimentation whenever it is possible in order to test hypotheses about the makers of ancient traces.

 

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Julien LouysExecutive Editor
Department of Archaeology and Natural History
School of Culture, History, and Languages
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

Julien Louys is a vertebrate palaeontologist and palaeoecologist. He received a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Newcastle, Australia and a Bachelor of Sciences (Hons) and PhD from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He then completed a three year postdoctoral research assistant position at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, examining the use of taxon-free variables in palaeoecological analyses. His current research includes Australian marsupial palaeontology, particularly Miocene and Pliocene faunas, as well as community ecology of Pleistocene/Holocene small mammal assemblages. He is also involved in hominin and large mammal palaeoecological research of the Plio-Pleistocene of East Africa and Southeast Asia. Julien is interested in seeing a far greater integration between modern ecology and palaeoecology, particularly the examination of ecological theories in deep time, and developing novel ecological insights only discernable from examining data spanning large temporal scales.

 

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Handling Editor

Matúš Hyžný received his Ph.D. from Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2012; his doctoral thesis was titled "Malacostracan associations of the Central Paratethys – systematics, taphonomy, palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography". In 2013–2015 he was a research associate at the Natural History Museum in Vienna (Austria) where he studied the Cenozoic biogeography of Western Tethys decapod crustaceans. His interests cover the systematics, fossil record and biogeography of decapods with a special reference to axiidean ghost shrimps. However, he feels at home with any group of malacostracan crustaceans including mantis shrimps and isopods.

 

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Handling Editor

Laura Wilson is an Australian Research Council Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her main research interests are growth and development in mammals, and particularly the application and development of quantitative methods to study ontogenetic evolution on a macro-scale. She has a special interest in shape analysis (geometric morphometrics) and 3D modelling. She received her PhD from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Before moving to Australia, Laura conducted research on evolution and development in squirrels during a postdoctoral position at Kyoto University, Japan.

 

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I'm a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Agricultural Economics. My husband, also an Aggie, and I raised our four kids in College Station. It's a great place to live, but we sure don't have much of a winter! I currently work for the Office of Admissions reviewing freshman applications for TAMU, and I've been copy editing for the PE journal since 2002. So far we have three Aggies and may have another one in the future since my youngest daughter will be a senior in high school soon. 

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.David L. Fox
Treasurer
Assistant Professor
PhD, 1999, University of Michigan
Department of Geology and Geophysics
University of Minnesota
310 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Although officially born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, my family and I moved to Birmingham, Alabama when I was three weeks old. Like several other PE staff members, I am a southerner. However, after years of book learning at fancy pants schools and good clean living just about everywhere but in the South, among the few vestiges of my down home origins are a predilection for the use of "ya’ll" in formal communications and a fondness for bass fishing. Four years after my triumphant return to the town of my birth, I received an A.B. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University with an emphasis in hominid paleontology. I then moved to the upper left corner of the country and worked for a time as a wooden stair maker’s apprentice in Seattle, Washington. Save for some of the usual twists and turns life presents us, I would probably still be there making turning wooden staircases. Instead, having decided I was interested in a field with more fossils than workers, I moved to the Midwest for graduate studies in vertebrate paleontology in the Department of Geological Sciences and Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan. Under the guidance of Dan Fisher and Catherine Badgley, I developed a range of research interests in graduate school that I continue to pursue today. These include the evolution and ecology of elephants from the point of view of their tusks, applications of stable isotopes in paleoecology, ecological changes and extinctions among late Cenozoic mammals in North America, the ecological structure of the modern mammal fauna of North America, and stratocladistics. While at Michigan, I became a Paleogene groupie, rooted for Notre Dame, and learned that practical jokes on Jason Head can be fun and educational for all. After finishing my Ph.D. in 1999, I moved out to the left coast for a postdoc with my academic brother Paul Koch at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Two years of mountains and ocean, California rolls and surfers, temperatures that never get below 50° F and the risk of sinking into the sea were enough for me, so in 2001 I had to move back to the middle of the country. I am now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and continue research in stable isotope paleocology, mammalian paleoecology and biogeography, and stratocladistics.

 

bushAndrew Bush, Executive Editor
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Andrew Bush is an associate professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Integrative Geosciences.He received his BS and MS from Virginia Tech and his PhD from Harvard University. His interests include the ecological diversification of marine animals, biodiversity dynamics, Late Devonian mass extinctions, Upper Devonian stratigraphy of New York and Pennsylvania, taphonomy, and ichnology.

 

travouillonKenny J. Travouillon
Style Editor
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Kenny J. Travouillon is a vertebrate palaeontologist and palaeoecologist working at University of Queensland, in the School of Earth Sciences. He received a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

His early research aimed at clarifying the chronological position of the Riversleigh World Heritage Area (northwestern Queensland) fossil sites amongst the Tertiary of Australia, in absence of absolute dates, using multivariate analyses as a tool to group sites of similar age based on taxonomic information. His research also aimed at identifying the palaeoenvironments of Riversleigh's sites, using cenograms. Cenograms are a graphical representation of the logged body mass of mammals in a fauna. The shape of the cenogram can be use to predict whether the environment in which the fauna lives is open or closed and humid or arid.

He was recently awarded with the Robert Day Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Queensland, working on Peramelemorphian (bilbies and bandicoots) phylogeny and describing new taxa from Riversleigh and Etadunna (South Australia).

 

 

kpsekaDan Ksepka is a vertebrate paleontologist and evolutionary biologist at Bruce Musem.  He received a B.S. in Geological Sciences from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University through the American Museum of Natural History joint fellowship program.  His current research focuses on exploring patterns of congruence and disparity between fossil ages and molecular divergence dates.  Dan is also interested in major evolutionary transitions in birds, especially the evolution of wing-propelled diving in penguins.  He enjoys sharing science with all types of audiences and blogs at March of the Fossil Penguins (fossilpenguins.wordpress.com)