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Executive Editor


Emanuel Tschopp



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.





Alternate  Executive Editor


Femke Holwerda





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).






Scientific Editors 

Ricardo Araújo


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





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, stratigraphy






Christine Böhmer






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 morphometrics)





Rui Castanhinha


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 research.
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 Mozambique (ProjectoPalNiassa).

Rui concluded his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência where he studied evo-devo using the chicken (Gallus gallus) as a model organism.

Technical expertise: Preparation, Photography, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Phylogeny, 3D visualisation




Ignacio Escapa




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 of Patagonia.

Technical expertise: phylogeny, taxonomy, scientific photography, digital image-processing



Peter Falkingham



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 during locomotion.

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 Hendrickx



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 dinosaurs.

Technical expertise: cladistics, geometric morphometric and phylogenetic morphometric analyses.






Octávio Mateus



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 Stein


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 histological analysis.





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.





Technical Editor


Sílvia Coimbra


Sílvia Coimbra works in Information and communication technologies since 2000.

Technical expertise: Web Designer and Development.




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