Meet The Lab

2013-11-01 10.31.11Dr. Laura E. Wilson 

Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences
Curator of Paleontology, Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Fort Hays State University
Phone: (785) 639-6192

Email: lewilson6@fhsu.edu

Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder. 2012
Thesis: Paleobiology of hesperornithiforms (Aves) from the Campanian Western Interior Seaway of North America, with analysis of extant penguin bone histology

M.S. Montana State University. 2006
Thesis: Comparative taphonomy and paleoecological reconstruction of two microvertebrate accumulations from the lower Hell Creek Formation (late Maastrichtian), Garfield County, Montana

B.S. Washington and Lee University. 2003
Thesis: Taphonomy and depositional setting of a Tyrannosaurus rex quarry from the Hell Creek Formation (Late Maastrichtian), eastern Montana


CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Current graduate students and FHSU alumni at the 2017 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting in Calgary, Alberta.

Tom Buskuskie
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Thesis: Osteohistology of Niobrarasaurus colei

Blake Chapman
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Thesis: Ecological Niche Modeling of Late Cretaceous Hesperornis birds.

Pike Holman
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Thesis: Plesiosaur ontogeny

Melissa Macias
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Thesis: Timing and patterns of sloth diversification in North America

Hillary McLean
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Project: Fossil Prep Lab Manager

Amber Michels
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Thesis: Trophic ecology of actinopterygians from the Western Interior Seaway

Katharine Rivers
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Project: Adult museum education

Chase Shelburne
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Thesis: Understanding convergent evolution using geometric morphometrics

Trevor Williams
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Project: Museum education


FORMER GRADUATE STUDENTS

Cyrus Green, M.S. Geosciences, 2018
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Thesis: Long bone histology and skeletochronology of an ontogenetic series of Clidastes (Squamata: Mosasauridae)

Kent Isaacson, M.S. Geosciences, 2018
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Project: Museum exhibit design

Jessica Barnett, M.S. Geosciences, 2017
Project: Development of fossil preparation protocol for the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Darrah Jorgensen, M.S. Geosciences, 2017
Thesis: The Relationship Among Suture Complexity, Shell Form, and Stratigraphic Formation in Ammonites of the Western Interior Seaway

Kelsie Abrams, M.S. Geosciences, 2016
M.S. Student, Department of Geosciences
Thesis: Intra-cusp Microwear Variation in Teleoceras fossiger (Osborn, 1898), with Consideration of Masticatory Processes

Mackenzie Kirchner-Smith, M.S. Geosciences, 2015
Thesis: 3D Geometric Morphometrics in Modern and Extinct Foot-Propelled Diving Birds: An Evaluation of the Tarsometatarsus for Species Identification

Josh Fry, M.S. Geosciences, 2015
Thesis: Redescription of a Specimen of Pentaceratops (Ornithischia: Ceratopsidae) and Phylogenetic Evaluation of Five Referred Specimens from the Upper Cretaceous of New Mexico

Elizabeth Deering, M.S. Geosciences, 2013
Thesis: Identification and Paleoecology of Mammoth Teeth from the Paleontology Collections at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Hays, Kansas


FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Tessa Brewer, B.S. Geosciences, 2014
Thesis: Taphonomy of a Pleistocene fossil deposit from Pratt, Kansas

Jason Hughes, B.S. Geosciences, 2014
Project: Taphonomic Process of the Minium and Jack Swayze Quarries Assessed on Teleoceras Limb Elements

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