PhD Candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto
Thomas Cullen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, being supervised by Dr. David Evans of the Royal Ontario Museum. Tom earned an B.Sc. Hon. in Geology and an M.Sc. in Vertebrate Palaeontology from Carleton University in his home town of Ottawa, Canada. His M.Sc thesis studied the evolution of sexual dimorphism in seals, and he has also performed research on ornithomimid dinosaurs in Alberta, investigating their osteohistological variability and systematics.
For his Ph.D. research, Tom is using stable isotope geochemical analyses of teeth, scales, and bones from vertebrate microfossil sites to investigate Late Cretaceous community palaeoecology, and is assessing faunal distributions in the Belly River Group as a case study for assessing the relationship between dinosaur faunal turnover and palaeoclimate change.
Tom has been a part of the field team of the Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project since 2009, and has also had the opportunity to do fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic, Antarctica, Montana, and now North Dakota. He looks forward to relaxing at the Pastime Bar.