Dr Femke Holwerda received her PhD in vertebrate palaeontology in 2019 at the Bavarian State collections of Palaeontology and Geology, and Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. She has conducted research and/or fieldwork in The Netherlands, UK, Portugal, Germany, USA and Argentina. Her main research interests include the early evolution, phylogeny, and taxonomy of sauropods, as well as feeding ecology of terrestrial and marine reptiles, using dentition and biogeochemistry. A recent recipient of the FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg faculty-specific gender equality scholarship, she is currently the Dr Betsy Nicholls Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, studying a Cretaceous mosasaur foodweb from the Bearpaw Fm., Alberta, Canada. Femke has been an EAVP board member since 2015, for which she started the annual Women in Palaeo Workshop. She's been on the editorial board of JPT since 2014, first as technical editor, then Alternate Editor in Chief, and has recently taken over the role over from Dr Emanuel Tschopp.
Christophe Hendrickx is a postdoctoral fellow at the CONICET-Unidad Ejecutora Lillo, Museo Miguel Lillo De Ciencias Naturales, in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina where he is exploring the evolution of the dentition in theropod dinosaurs and non-mammaliaform cynodonts. A former postdoctoral fellow at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa, he completed his PhD thesis at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal, working on the evolution of teeth, tooth-bearing bones and quadrates in non-avian theropods. He received a BSc in geology from the Université de Liège (Belgium) and an MSc in palaeobiology from the University of Bristol (England). His PhD and postdoctoral research projects led him to visit collections in Europe, Argentina, Brazil, United States, Canada, China, South Africa, and Namibia, and to describe theropods from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal. He also has some fieldwork experience through field projects in France, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. Technical expertise: cladistic, geometric morphometric, phylogenetic morphometric, principal component, principal coordinate, discriminant, dental complexity, disparity and evolutionary rate analyses.
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Peter is Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Biology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He was awarded a PhD in 2010 from the University of Manchester, on Computer Simulation of Dinosaur Tracks. He holds a BSc in Biology and Geology (joint hons) and an MSc in Computer Science, all from Bristol University. His primary research focus is on dinosaur tracks, specifically how the foot and sediment interact, and how we can subsequently reverse-engineer track formation in order to constrain and understand the limb motion of extinct animals. Peter’s work combines digitisation of fossil tracks, computer simulation, and high-speed video and x-ray data from living animals.In addition to his work on footprints, Peter is also involved in research areas including dinosaur biomechanics and taxonomy, development of digitisation techniques and applications, fluid and solid mechanics, and materials science, collaborating with scientists globally.
Carla Alexandra Tomás is the Chief Preparator at Museu da Lourinhã (Portugal) since 2005. She has a degree in Geology and a master degree in Geosciences since 2010, in coal petrology and geochemistry, by Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade de Coimbra. Her main interests are fossil preparation and conservation, coal geology,stratigraphy and collections management. Technical expertise: fossil preparation and conservation, molding and casting, petrology, geochemistry and collections management.
Carla Alexandra Tomás
Back in 2006 Rui founded, as Editor-in-chief, the Journal of Paleontological Techniques and since 2008 he was elected member of the direction board of the Lourinhã Museum, in charge of Paleontology and research. Passionate about science, he began his studies in biology at University of Évora and have been collaborating at the Museum of Lourinhã as a researcher. His interest in evolution made him study various portuguese dinosaurs. At the same time, having won a scholarship from the Jurassic Foundation for this purpose, he started to study the fossil eggs and embryos from the Jurassic of Lourinhã. Since then he have focused his research on evolutionary developmental biology of extinct and extant species. Over the last years, Rui participated and led several paleontological campaigns in various locations not only in Portugal but also in Angola and Mozambique (ProjectoPalNiassa). Rui concluded his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência where he studied evo-devo using the chicken (Gallus gallus) as a model organism. Technical expertise: Preparation, Photography, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Phylogeny, 3D visualisation.
Emanuel Tschopp received his MSc in paleontology 2008 at University of Zurich, Switzerland, and his PhD in 2010 at Faculdade de Ciência e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, under the supervision of Prof. Octávio Mateus. His main research interests are the phylogeny and evolution of sauropod dinosaurs, in particular of the Late Jurassic faunas from the Morrison and the Lourinhã Formations in the USA and Portugal, respectively, where he also participated in various excavation campaigns. Furthermore, he's interested in speciation processes and evolution at a small scale, and how to use phylogeny for taxonomy. Technical expertise: phylogenetic analysis, taxonomy, 3D digitizing and reproduction, scientific illustration.
Matteo Belvedere received his MSc in Geology in 2005 and his PhD in Earth Sciences in 2009 at the University of Padova with a dissertation on Late Jurassic dinosaur tracks from Morocco. At the moment he is an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellow at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. His research topics are focussed on vertebrate ichnology, both of fossil and living animals (mainly dinosaurs and birds), but he is also involved in taxonomical and biomechanical projects.He is an active subject in the digital progresses of ichnology, testing digitizing procedures and methods applied to vertebrate tracks, and developing at MfN an ichnological database. He is also involved in the mass digitization project at the MfN, aiming to create a 3D repository of the entire dinosaur collection of the museum.He is collaborating with scientists from the Europe, USA, China and South America for his current and future projects.Technical expertise: digitizing techniques (laserscanning, photogrammetry), vertebrate ichnology, ichnotaxonomy, sedimentology, stratigraphy
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Ricardo Araújo is currently an associate researcher at the Instituto de Plasma e Fusão Nuclear (Universidade de Lisboa) and the principal investigator of the PaleoMoz Project. He received his doctoral degree at the Southern Methodist University under a Fulbright Scholarship. The PaleoMoz Project (www.paleomoz.org) is a Portuguese-Mozambican research cooperation that aims to assist and expand Mozambican paleontological research utilizing the hitherto mostly undiscovered diverse fossil record of the country. With his colleagues from the PaleoMoz Project, he has organized multiple successful expeditions to various provinces of Mozambique and is providing advanced training to nearly a dozen Mozambican students.
Mariem Saavedra Pellitero is a micropaleontologist with a scientific background in Earth Sciences and Geology. During her research career she has conducted studies within a series of different scientific disciplines, including Marine Ecology, Sedimentology, Paleoceanography,Paleoclimatology and Geochemistry. She developed during her PhD, defended in 2009 at the University of Salamanca (Spain), a technique using coccolithophore assemblages to calculate paleotemperatures on sedimentary sequences from the Pacific Ocean. Since her Postdoc research at the University of Bremen (Germany), she has attained a vast expertise in high latitude extant coccolithophores and calcareous nannofossils within climatic important areas such as the Southern Ocean. This involved long research cruises, such as the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 346: Asian Monsoon where she gained valuable experience as a biostratigrapher. Technical expertise: microfossils, coccolithophores calcareous nannofossils, morphometry, biostratigraphy, taxonomy, Light microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Sr/Ca.
Mariem Saavedra Pellitero
Ignacio Escapa (right) received his Ph.D. from the Universidad Nacional del Comahue (Bariloche, Argentina), studying taxonomy and evolution of Jurassic Floras of Central Patagonia. After his Ph.D., he joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (University of Kansas) for a postdoctoral fellowship studying particular aspects of the Triassic floras of Antarctica. His research interests include Jurassic and Triassic floras of Gondwana, conifer phylogeny, and methods for including fossils in phylogenetic studies. He developed a class about scientific photography, lighting and post-processing of digital images. Currently he is a CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina) researcher at the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio (Trelew, Argentina) and works on the diversity and evolution of the Jurassic floras of Patagonia.Technical expertise: phylogeny, taxonomy, scientific photography, digital image-processing
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