Journal of Paleontological Techniques is a
peer-reviewed journal focus on paleontological
methods and Techniques, including articles
Emanuel Tschopp received his MSc in paleontology 2008 at
University of Zurich, Switzerland, and his PhD in 2010 at Faculdade de
Ciência e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, under the
supervision of Prof. Octávio Mateus. His main research interests are the
phylogeny and evolution of sauropod dinosaurs, in particular of the Late
Jurassic faunas from the Morrison and the Lourinhã Formations in the USA and
Portugal, respectively, where he also participated in various excavation
campaigns. Furthermore, he's interested in speciation processes and
evolution at a small scale, and how to use phylogeny for taxonomy.
Technical expertise: phylogenetic analysis, taxonomy, 3D
digitizing and reproduction, scientific illustration.
Femke Holwerda received her MSc in Biogeology from the
University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, and is currently doing her PhD in
Vertebrate Palaeontology in Munich, Germany at the Bavarian State
collections of Paleontology and Geology, as the student of Oliver Rauhut and
Diego Pol. Her main research interests include sauropods, in particular the
early evolution of Gondwanan eusauropods. She also works on dentition,
including dental macro- and microwear, of fossil reptiles. Next to
vertebrate palaeontology, she has a palynological and biogeochemical
background, which kept her interested in applying biogeochemistry in
palaeontology using, for instance, isotopes. She recently joined the board
of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP).
Ricardo Araújo received his BSc in Geological Engineering
from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2007, and as a Fulbright Fellow he
received his PhD in Geological Sciences from the Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, in 2013. In 2014 he started his postdoctoral project,
financed by FCT/MEC, in a joint research program between Instituto de
Plasmas e Fusãi Nuclear (IST) and Museum für Naturkunde (MfN), Berlin. He is
also a Scientific Collaborator with the Museu da Lourinhã/GEAL (ML/GEAL),
Portugal, and Southern Methodist University. Araújo is a co-leader of an
international paleontological venture in Mozambique (Project PalNiassa) that
has resulted in several important scientific discoveries on a new Late
Permian fauna, but it is also a broad scientific outreach program focused on
the training of various students, educating rural and urban population about
the Mozambican national´s scientific heritage. His was also trained as a
fossil preparator and has published various articles on the subject. His
current research interests focus on eggs and embryos, Mozambican Permian
fauna, and plesiosaur evolution.
Matteo Belvedere received his MSc in Geology in 2005 and his
PhD in Earth Sciences in 2009 at the University of Padova with a
dissertation on Late Jurassic dinosaur tracks from Morocco. At the moment he
is an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellow at the Museum für Naturkunde
Berlin. His research topics are focussed on vertebrate ichnology, both of
fossil and living animals (mainly dinosaurs and birds), but he is also
involved in taxonomical and biomechanical projects.
He is an active subject in the digital progresses of
ichnology, testing digitizing procedures and methods applied to vertebrate
tracks, and developing at MfN an ichnological database. He is also involved
in the mass digitization project at the MfN, aiming to create a 3D
repository of the entire dinosaur collection of the museum.
He is collaborating with scientists from the Europe, USA,
China and South America for his current and future projects.
Technical expertise: digitizing techniques (laserscanning,
photogrammetry), vertebrate ichnology, ichnotaxonomy, sedimentology,
After achieving her master’s degree in geological sciences,
Christine Böhmer joined Prof Neil Shubin’s lab at the University of Chicago
(USA) in 2010. In 2013, she received her doctoral degree from the elite
university Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Germany). Subsequently,
she spent one year as PostDoc at RIKEN Institute in Prof Shigeru Kuratani’s
lab in Kobe (Japan). Since 2015, she works as postdoctoral researcher at the
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris (France).
Christine‘s main research focus is the evolution and function
of the vertebrate skeleton and she is particularly interested in
reconstructing the patterns and developmental processes underpinning
evolutionary modifications. In order to draw all the secrets from skeletal
remains, it is necessary to apply a comprehensive approach by combining
palaeontological and developmental data.
Technical expertise: gene expression analysis (in situ
hybridization), immunohistochemistry, 3D modeling, CAD, 3D shape analysis (geometric
Back in 2006 Rui founded, as Editor-in-chief, the Journal of
Paleontological Techniques and since 2008 he was elected member of the
direction board of the Lourinhã Museum, in charge of Paleontology and
Passionate about science, he began his studies in biology at University of
Évora and have been collaborating at the Museum of Lourinhã as a researcher.
His interest in evolution made him study various portuguese dinosaurs. At
the same time, having won a scholarship from the Jurassic Foundation for
this purpose, he started to study the fossil eggs and embryos from the
Jurassic of Lourinhã. Since then he have focused his research on
evolutionary developmental biology of extinct and extant species.
Over the last years, Rui participated and led several paleontological
campaigns in various locations not only in Portugal but also in Angola and
Rui concluded his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at Instituto Gulbenkian de
Ciência where he studied evo-devo using the chicken (Gallus gallus) as a
Technical expertise: Preparation, Photography, Scanning
Electron Microscopy, Phylogeny, 3D visualisation
Ignacio Escapa (right) received his Ph.D. from the
Universidad Nacional del Comahue (Bariloche, Argentina), studying taxonomy
and evolution of Jurassic Floras of Central Patagonia. After his Ph.D., he
joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (University of
Kansas) for a postdoctoral fellowship studying particular aspects of the
Triassic floras of Antarctica. His research interests include Jurassic and
Triassic floras of Gondwana, conifer phylogeny, and methods for including
fossils in phylogenetic studies. He developed a class about scientific
photography, lighting and post-processing of digital images. Currently he is
a CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas,
Argentina) researcher at the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio (Trelew,
Argentina) and works on the diversity and evolution of the Jurassic floras
Technical expertise: phylogeny, taxonomy, scientific
photography, digital image-processing
I’m a Researcher at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
My primary research focus is on dinosaur tracks, specifically
how the foot and sediment interact, and how we can subsequently reverse-engineer
their formation in order to constrain and understand the limb motion of
these extinct animals.
By understanding the motion of substrate around a dynamically moving foot,
it is possible to use tracks to constrain possible motions of the distal (and
therefore proximal) limb. My work incorporates digitisation of fossil tracks
and computer simulation as well as using data from extant taxa using
XROMM techniques to study the sub-surface motion of the foot
In addition to my work on footprints, I’m also involved in
other research areas including dinosaur biomechanics and taxonomy,
development of digitisation techniques and applications, cambrian echinoderm
hydrodynamics, and materials science, collaborating with scientists from the
UK, USA, across Europe, Australia, and South America.
Christophe completed his PhD thesis in 2015 at the Universidade Nova de
Lisboa in Portugal, working on the evolution of teeth and quadrates in non-avian
theropod dinosaurs. He received a BSc in geology from the Université de
Liège (Belgium) and an MSc in palaeobiology from the University of Bristol (England).
In these two institutions, he investigated the morphofunctional anatomy of
spinosaurid quadrates from Eastern Morocco as well as the diversity and
disparity of sauropod dinosaurs. His PhD project leaded him to visit
collections in Europe, Argentina, United-States, and Qatar, and to describe
embryonic and adult material of theropods from the Upper Jurassic of
Portugal. Attached to the Museu da Lourinhã, he described in 2014 a new
species of theropods, Torvosaurus gurneyi, which was revealed to be the
largest terrestrial predator from Europe known hitherto. Christophe is now
doing a postdoc at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, working
on the evolution of the dentition in gomphodont cynodonts and theropod
Technical expertise: cladistics, geometric morphometric and phylogenetic
Octávio is professor of paleontology at the University Nova of Lisbon. With
a long experience in fossil excavations and preparation.His mainly interest
is dinosaur paleontology, so he has studied Late Jurassic dinosaurs of
Portugal, but also worked in other reptiles (mosasaurs, plesiosaurs,
crocodiles, turtles, etc.). Octávio published scientific articles,
conferences proceedings, and book chapters that sum more than 100
publications since 1997. He erected new taxa as the Lourinhanosaurus
antunesi (1998), Supersaurus lourinhanensis(1999),Draconyx loureiroi (2001)
, Lusotitan atalaiensis (2003), Europasaurus holgeri(2006), Allosaurus
europaeus (2006), Miragaia longicollum (2009), Angolachelys mbaxi (2010),
Angolatitan adamastor (2011), Lusonectes sauvagei (2012), Torvosaurus
gurneyi (2014), Zby atlanticus (2014), among others.
He lives in Lourinhã, where he is engaged with the Museum of
the Lourinhã, known for its important dinosaur collection. Since 1991,
Octávio Mateus has organized dinosaur excavations in Portugal, where he and
the team collected many dinosaurs and other vertebrates, including sauropods,
theropods, stegosaurs, crocodiles, and turtles. His interest for dinosaurs
has taken him to do fieldwork in United States, Brazil, Greenland, Laos,
Tunisia, Mozambique, Mongolia, Morocco, South Africa and Angola.
Koen is a Belgian palaeontologist. He has cooperated and
published with many other researchers on diverse topics covering kuehneosaur
aerodynamics, sauropod dwarfism, sauropodomorph biology and evolution, and
amphibian evo-devo, mostly involving paleohistological methods. To
circumvent the problem of curator veto on histological sampling of
irreplaceable fossils, he has led and participated in various fossil
tetrapod excavations, including faunas from the terrestrial Lower Permian of
Texas, the marine Middle Triassic of the Netherlands and Nevada as well as
the Lower Cretaceous of Hungary. Currently, Koen is a postdoctoral fellow of
the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.
His relevant expertise for JPT lies in methods of fossil and
extant vertebrate hard tissue histological preparation as well as methods of
Carla Alexandra Tomás
Carla Alexandra Tomás is the Chief Preparator at Museu da
Lourinhã (Portugal) since 2005. She has a degree in Geology and a master
degree in Geosciences since 2010, in coal petrology and geochemistry, by
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade de Coimbra. Her main
interests are fossil preparation and conservation, coal geology,stratigraphy
and collections management.
Technical expertise: fossil preparation and conservation,
molding and casting, petrology, geochemistry and collections management.
Mariem Saavedra Pellitero
I am a micropaleontologist with a scientific background in
Earth Sciences and Geology. During my research career I have conducted
studies within a series of different scientific disciplines, including
Marine Ecology, Sedimentology, Paleoceanography, Paleoclimatology and
Geochemistry. I developed during my PhD, defended in 2009 at the University
of Salamanca (Spain), a technique using coccolithophore assemblages to
calculate paleotemperatures on sedimentary sequences from the Pacific Ocean.
Since my Postdoc research at the University of Bremen (Germany), I have
attained a vast expertise in high latitude extant coccolithophores and
calcareous nannofossils within climatic important areas such as the Southern
Ocean. This involved long research cruises, such as the Integrated Ocean
Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 346: Asian Monsoon where I gained
valuable experience as a biostratigrapher.
Technical expertise: microfossils, coccolithophores
calcareous nannofossils, morphometry, biostratigraphy, taxonomy, Light
microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Sr/Ca.
Coimbra works in Information and communication technologies since 2000.
Technical expertise: Web Designer