Dave Krause • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1982 •

Research • My research is primarily focused on the discovery, description, and analysis of fossil vertebrate taxa in the context of questions related to their evolutionary and biogeographic history. Although concentrated on Mesozoic and Early Cenozoic mammalian evolution, I have also published on the fossil record of bony fishes, frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodyliforms, non-avian dinosaurs, and birds; and on topics including functional morphology, systematics, paleoecology, biogeography, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and taphonomy. The majority of my research is based on two long-term, large-scale, field-oriented programs in the Late Cretaceous of the Mahajanga Basin, Madagascar and the Paleocene of the Crazy Mountains Basin, Montana.

Read about the Mahajanga Basin Project.
Read about the Crazy Mountains Basin Project.

Teaching • Although I lecture in a variety of courses, my primary teaching responsibility, since 1983, is as Course Director for "Gross Anatomy of the Head, Neck, and Trunk," a course taught to first-year dental students.

Humanitarian Outreach • To help alleviate the incredible poverty and nearly complete lack of education and healthcare for children living in remote areas of Madagascar, in 1998 I founded the Madagascar Ankizy Fund ("ankizy" means "children" in the Malagasy language).

Current Students

Joseph Sertich • Ph.D. student, Stony Brook University, M.S. Geology, University of Utah, 2006 •

Joe's interests center on understanding Mesozoic Gondwanan biogeography. In particular, he is interested in the biogeographic and phylogenetic relationships among Gondwanan archosaurs (dinosaurs and crocodyliforms specifically) during the Late Cretaceous. Of the Gondwanan landmasses, he focuses particularly on Late Cretaceous Africa, an area that remains poorly understood despite considerable recent attention.

Read more at Joe's page.

Sara H. Burch • Ph.D. student, Stony Brook University •

Sara's two main areas of interest are the evolution and biogeographic relationships of Gondwanan archosaurs and the functional morphology of the forelimbs of theropod dinosaurs. Her current research focuses on the evolution and function of reduced forelimbs in theropods. She is using comparative and extrapolatory techniques to reconstruct the musculature and cartilage in conjunction with range of motion analyses of joints as a method for inferring function.

Read more at Sara's page.


Joseph R. Groenke

Joe received a B.S. in Resource Ecology and Management and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Michigan, where he volunteered at the UM Museum of Paleontology's Vertebrate Fossil Preparation Lab and received training from Chief Preparator Dr. William Sanders. Since 2002 Joe has prepared, molded, and cast fossils in the Stony Brook Vertebrate Fossil Prep Lab, primarily from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar.

Virginia Heisey

Virginia received her B.S. in biology and chemistry from Elizabethtown College and M.S. in Anatomy from Case Western Reserve University. After training and spending several years preparing fossils at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, she began preparing primarily mammalian fossils from the Crazy Mountains Basin at Stony Brook University in the mid-1980s. Virginia currently prepares fossils from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar.

Patricia Seostrom

Pat Seostrom received her B.A. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University in 2004. She began volunteering in the Stony Brook Vertebrate Fossil Prep Lab in 2003, where she prepares fossils from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar.

Former Students

Douglas M. Boyer • Ph.D. 2009 •
Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University
"New Cranial and Postcranial Remains of Late Paleocene Plesiadapidae ("Plesiadapiformes," Mammalia) from North America and Europe: Descriptions and Evolutionary Implications"
Currently Postdoctoral Associate in Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University.
Karen E. Samonds • Ph.D. 2006 •
Stony Brook Univeristy, Department of Anatomical Sciences
"The Origin and Evolution of Malagasy Bats: Implications of New Late Pleistocene Fossils and Cladistic Analyses for Reconstructing Biogeographic History."
Currently Assistant Professor and Curator, Redpath Museum, McGill University.
Homepage at McGill
John Hunter • Ph.D. 1997 •
Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University
"Adaptive Radiation of Early Paleocene Ungulates."
Currently Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, Newark.
Homepage at the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Elizabeth McGee • Ph.D. 1997 •
Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University
"Pattern and Process in North American Plesiadapiform and Early Euprimate Diversity."
Currently Associate Professor, San Jose State University.
Homepage at San Jose State University
Elizabeth R. Dumont • Ph.D. 1993 •
Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University
"Functional and Phyletic Features of Mammalian Dental Enamel: A Key to Primate Higher-Level Relationships."
Currently Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts;
Director, Massachusetts Museum of Natural History;
Associate Director, Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionalry Biology.
Homepage at UMass
Suzanna G. Strait • Ph.D. 1991 •
Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University
"Dietary Reconstruction in Small-Bodied Fossil Primates."
Currently Professor, Department of Biology, Marshall University.
Mary C. Maas • Ph.D. 1988 •
Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University
"The Relationship of Enamel Microstructure and Microwear: An Experimental Study of Cause and Effect."
Currently Research Associate, The University of Texas - Austin.
Audrone R. Biknevicius • M.A. 1984 •
Department of Anthropology, Stony Brook University
"Dental Function and Diet in the Carpolestidae (Primates: Plesiadapiformes)."
Obtained Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1990
Currently Associate Professor, Ohio University.
Homepage at Ohio University