I'm an active member of the Systematics and Evolution Research Group of the Department of Biological Sciences.
recently has been in the following areas:
Principles of Systematics
of the Lower Vertebrates
Problems in Systematics and Evolution
recent graduate students work in the areas of paleontology of early
(Paleozoic) vertebrates, phylogeny, paleoecology and taphonomy of Cretaceous
and Tertiary fishes.
one of four academic staff members in the Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology (UALVP (the others are Dr.
Michael Caldwell, Dr. Phil Currie, and Professor Emeritus Dr.
Richard Fox). My responsibilities include being
Curator of Fossil Fishes, included in the
vertebrate paleontology collections housed in the Biological Sciences
I served as Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, of the Department of Biological Sciences, from 2001 to 2004.
• My society memberships
of Vertebrate Paleontology
I am chair of the Publications Committee
I was co-editor, then Senior Editor, and am now Receiving Editor of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
I was local committee co-chair with J. S. Nelson for the Annual
Meetings in Edmonton, June 1995.
Society of Zoologists
Association of Canada
I am on the editorial board of Palaeontographica Canadiana.
of Systematic Biologists
I publish a newsletter
called The Compleat Mesoangler and co-editor of the Mesozoic Fishes volumes published by Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, Munich. I maintain a web
page for 150 international researchers on Mesozoic fishes.
That group met
in 1993 in Eichstatt, Germany, in 1997 in Buckow, near Berlin, Germany,
in 2001 in Serpiano, Switzerland, and meets again in 2005 in Spain.
From 1996 to
2000 I was co-leader, with Estonian colleagues T. Märss and P. Männik,
of the UNESCO/IUGS International Geological Correlation Program #406 (Circum-Arctic
Lower-Middle Palaeozoic Vertebrate Palaeontology and Biostratigraphy),
with participation by 150 scientists from 20 countries.
I was also Canadian
correspondent for IGCP 328 ("Palaeozoic Microvertebrates"), which
drew to a close in 1996. In support of these interests I maintain the
WWW page of the Palaeozoic
Microvertebrates Working Group.
in IGCP 328-sponsored field work in the Canadian Arctic in 1994 and IGCP
406-sponsored field work in the Mackenzie Mountains in 1996 and 1998,
attended the IGCP 328 meeting in Paris in 1995, organized and participated
in IGCP 406 workshops in Edmonton and in Uppsala in 1996, and helped organize
the IGCP 406 meetings in Buckow, Germany, in 1997, St. Petersburg in 1997,
Warsaw, Poland, 1998, Jurmala (near Riga), Latvia, in 1999, and Syktyvkar,
Russia, in 2000.
In the 1990s, I coordinated design and installation of many new exhibits
in the Paleontology Museum, Earth Science Building.