I am an educator and a researcher. I am interested in how the feeding apparatus of reptiles, especially birds and dinosaurs, has changed over time. Therefore, I conduct research focused on the anatomy and biomechanics of the head. My research specifically seeks to answer questions concerning the functional morphology and biomechanical environment of the palate, including kinetic movements of the skull. Understanding the impact that palatal movements and the joints that are in the head have on the ecological role of all reptiles, including birds, allows us to better comprehend the evolution of the feeding apparatus in extant and fossil animals and is of great interest to me.
As a student, educator, scientist, and photographer my goal is to enhance my knowledge of the world and pass that on to others in any and every possible way, including publishing a blog about fossil animals.
Courses that I teach. This section contains notes and powerpoints from the classes that I teach throughout the year.
Scientific research concerning functional morphology, ornithology, and paleontology. I include
hands-on dissection, medical imaging, behavioral observation, and biomechanical modeling in my work.
Wildlife and landscapes. Portraits and
special events of all kinds.