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Greetings, and welcome to the Department of Geosciences. On this page, you will find a few facts about my background, my research interests, and my personal interests. If you would like to know more about me or the Department, feel free to call or email me.
Wilson, L.E., de Boef Miara, M. 2013. Chapter 6: Database standardization. In Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Issues, Methods, and Databases (eds. Padian, K, Lamm, E.-T.), University of California Press, Berkeley.
Padian, K., de Boef Miara, M., Larsson, H.C.E., Wilson, L.E., Bromage, T. 2013. Chapter 10: Research applications and integration. In Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Issues, Methods, and Databases (eds. Padian, K, Lamm, E.-T.), University of California Press, Berkeley.
Wilson, L.E., Chin, K., Cumbaa, S., and Dyke, G. 2011. A high latitude hesperornithiform (Aves) from Devon Island: Palaeobiogeography and size distribution of North American hesperornithiforms. Journal of Systematic Paleontology 9(1):9-23.
Wilson, L.E., Chin, K., Jackson, F.D., and Bray, E.S. 2010. Fossil eggshell: Fragments from the past. http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/science/eggshell/index.php
Wilson, L.E., 2008. Comparative taphonomy and paleoecological reconstruction of two microvertebrate accumulations from the Hell Creek Formation (Maastrichtian), eastern Montana. Palaios 23: 289-297.
Ongoing research projects include the study of the paleobiology and paleoecology of a group of flightless seabirds from the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway of North America called hesperornithiforms. I study aspects of their body size evolution, functional morphology, the role in ecosystems along the seaway, and bone growth dynamics. I am particularly interested in the application of bone histology analyses to these birds to study the effects of climate and behavior on their growth patterns. Part of my research with hesperornithiforms has led me to working with modern penguins as an ecological analog. Consequently, I also study modern penguin bone histology to look at the effects of climate and migration on bone growth patterns. Current studies focus on pygoscelid penguins (Adelies, Chinstraps, and Gentoos), but I hope to expand my research and analyses to other penguin taxa.
While hesperornithiform birds have been a focus, I am also interested in the ecology of the Western Interior System as a whole system. What were the oceanographic factors that were influencing the distribution of organisms and environments along the Seaway? How did ecosystem structure differ between high and mid latitude regions? How were the Cretaceous inland seas different from the oceans that characterize Earth today?
Previous research has included taphonomic analyses and paleoecological reconstructions of Late Cretaceous terrestrial environments. Terrestrial and marine taphonomy remains an interest and I hope to develop new and continuing research projects with students and colleagues.