Nestled among dinosaurs: New Alphadon specimens from Egg Mountain and their implications for marsupial evolution.
Alex is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle. She studies the morphology, diversity, and biomechanics of a group of mammals called metatherians. This group includes modern-day marsupials. Her research is focused on those metatherians of the Late Cretaceous that lived in North America. A large portion of her dissertation is devoted to describing new metatherian fossils from the dinosaur nest site Egg Mountain of northwestern Montana. In addition to her research, Alex participates in field work each summer, led by her advisor Greg Wilson, in the Hell Creek region of northeastern Montana. She also serves as a DIG Field School instructor—a professional development program for K–12 teachers where they come into the field for a hands-on paleontology experience—each summer.