- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Paul Mickey Learning Series presented by Joshua R. Lively, Doctoral Dissertation Fellow and Instructor Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Springfield
Joshua Lively is a vertebrate paleontologist and a recent PhD graduate from The University of Texas at Austin. He will be joining the faculty of the Department of Environmental Studies at UIS in the fall of 2019 as an assistant professor. His talk will be centered on the Late Cretaceous, a period of exceptionally warm global temperatures and a time when North America was divided by a shallow ocean stretching from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico. Within this Western Interior Seaway, giant marine lizards known as mosasaurs were the dominant predators in the ecosystem. Josh's research focuses on the evolution and paleoecology of mosasaurs and using their fossil record as a study system for understanding evolutionary patterns during greenhouse climates. This talk will focus on new discoveries Josh made during his dissertation research on mosasaurs and the broader implications they hold for Late Cretaceous ecosystems and evolutionary biology.