University of Alberta

Victoria Arbour

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Research Interests

I am interested in the evolution and palaeobiology of ankylosaurid dinosaurs. Ankylosaurids are large, armoured, herbivorous dinosaurs with club-like tails. Derived ankylosaurids are present in the Late Cretaceous of North America and Asia, but many more species have been described from Asia than North America. Is this difference in diversity real or just apparent? Are North American ankylosaurids more diverse than we currently recognize? How do we differentiate between taphonomic, intraspecific, and interspecific variation in these unusual dinosaurs? I am also interested in the application of digital modeling to problems in vertebrate paleontology.

I completed my MSc, "Evolution, biomechanics, and function of the tail club of ankylosaurid dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Thyreophora)" in Dr. Currie's lab in Fall 2008. During the course of this project, I examined the biomechanics of hypothesized tail-clubbing behaviour in ankylosaurids using functional dynamics to calculate tail club impact forces, and finite element analyses to understand the distribution of stresses in tail clubs during impacts. I completed my BSc in Earth Sciences and Biology at Dalhousie University (in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia) in 2006, and described a fragmentary dinosaur specimen from the Sustut Basin of British Columbia for my honours thesis. Summers at Dalhousie were spent identifying calcareous nannofossils from cores from the Scotian Slope, to better understand the biostratigraphy of offshore Nova Scotia.

Contact information:

Victoria Arbour, PhD Student
Office: Z 413, Biological Sciences
Phone: 1 (780) 492-1252

Last Modified:2010-04-30