Giving SUE the T. rex a new home and what their bones can tell us about the evolution of large body size in theropods
Dr. Thomas Cullen is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. His research uses data from microfossil bonebed assemblages, morphometrics, bone microstructure, and stable isotope compositions in order to study how Late Cretaceous vertebrate communities were structured, how they responded to environmental perturbations, and how these changes influenced the macroevolution and biodiversity of clades within those systems. The focus of his postdoctoral research involves using bone microstructure data from dinosaurs in order to both quantify variability in the methods used to estimate age and growth, and to determine what factors influenced the independent evolution of large body size amongst multiple clades of theropods. In his current position at the Field Museum he is also involved in exhibit development, and acted as a technical advisor and content developer for the recently opened exhibition focused on ‘Sue’ the T. rex and the associated Hell Creek Formation ecosystem . He earned a B.Sc and M.Sc from Carleton University, and a Ph.D from the University of Toronto. He also maintains a twitter account (@cullen_thomas) for science outreach and public engagement.