Hell chick to hell chicken – using bone microstructure to uncover the life and times of North American oviraptorosaurs
Jade is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto studying the growth, diversity, and ecology of theropod dinosaurs and their avian descendants. She uses osteohistology (the study of bone microstructure) to learn how quickly theropods grew from nestling to adult, and how their anatomy changed throughout that growth. Jade also studies the shape and proportions of modern bird hindlimbs, relating bone morphology to ecology in order to reconstruct the ways in which theropod dinosaurs may have interacted with their environment. Prior to joining Dr. Evan’s palaeobiology lab to pursue her Ph.D., she earned a B.A. in Anthropology and B.Sc. in Geology from West Virginia University and an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Montana State University. Jade maintains a twitter account @oisforoviraptor, typically focused on paleontology, science communication, and her experiences as a neurodivergent academic.