Spencer G. Lucas
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Spencer Lucas received a B.A. from the University of New
Mexico in 1976, and M. S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees from Yale University.
His research interests have primarily focused on vertebrate biostratigraphy,
particularly of the Mesozoic. Lucas is particularly interested in the
application of vertebrate fossils to problems of the geologic timescale. He has
conducted field research primarily in the western United States, but also in
China, Kazakstan, Georgia, Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Lucas began fieldwork in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico in 1976, studying the
Eocene San Jose Formation and its mammal fossils. In 1977, he expanded that work
into the Cretaceous and Paleocene strata and fossils. Currently, most of his
research in the San Juan Basin is on problems of Upper Cretaceous
biostratigraphy in collaboration with Robert Sullivan.
1988, Lucas has been Curator of Geology and Paleontology at the New Mexico
Museum of Natural History and Science.
Photo: Spencer Lucas
with the cast of tyrannosaur footprint.