Collaborating Scientists and Students
Research in the Kaiparowits Basin of Utah is one of the best examples of multi-institutional research collaborations in the country, with the shared goal of discovering and characterizing past ecosystems. In addition, managing permits and access to localities, the Bureau of Land Management, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, team conducts its own surveys, excavations, and research in the region under the direction of Monument paleontologist Alan Titus and preparator Katja Knoll. A long-established research project in the region conducted by the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) and University of Utah is led by curator Randall Irmis with assistance from Tylor Birthisel, Carrie Levitt-Bussian, and a large volunteer corps. Geologic work in the basin is largely directed by Eric Roberts (James Cook University), with contributions from Zubair Jinnah (University of the Witwatersrand). Much of the recent work on fossil invertebrates has been conducted by Leif Tapanila (Idaho Museum of Natural History). Other researchers working on the project include Mark Loewen (University of Utah), Henry Fricke (Colorado College), Celina Suarez (University of Arkansas), Scott Sampson (California Academy of Sciences), Lindsay Zanno (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences), David Evans (Royal Ontario Museum), Bucky Gates (North Carolina State University), Josh Lively (University of Illinois Springfield), and Jelle Wiersma (James Cook University).
Students working on the fossils from the Kaiparowits Formation include PhD student C. Hank Woolley (University of Southern California), currently studying fossil lizards as part of a broader investigation of patterns of squamate distributions in Laramidia, and PhD student Gussie Maccracken (University of Maryland), currently investigating fossil insect-plant interactions from paleobotanical fossils.