Derek’s research included analyzing tooth morphology and diet in theropods with comparisons to living reptiles as analogs. More broadly, his interest includes composition, variation, and environment of vertebrate assemblages through evolutionary time. He received a MSc with Specialization in Systematics and Evolution in 2010 at the University of Alberta. Following his PhD, Derek was Assistant Curator for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum at Wembley, Alberta, and in 2020, became Palaeontology Collections Manager and Researcher at Royal BC Museum, Victoria.
Evans, D.C., Larson, D.W., and Currie, P.J. 2013. A new dromaeosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) with Asian affinities from the latest Cretaceous of North America. Naturwissenschaften 100: 1041–1049. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-013-1107-5
Larson, D.W. and Currie, P.J. 2013. Multivariate analyses of small theropod dinosaur teeth and implications for paleoecological turnover through time. PLOS ONE 8: 54329. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054329
Buckley, L.G., Larson, D.W., Reichel, M., and Samman, T. 2010. Quantifying tooth variation within a single population of Albertosaurus sarcophagus (Theropoda: Tyrannosauridae) and implications for identifying isolated teeth of tyrannosaurids. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 47: 1227–1251. DOI: 10.1139/E10-029
Larson, D.W., Brinkman, D.B., and Bell, P.R. 2010. Faunal assemblages from the upper Horseshoe Canyon Formation, an early Maastrichtian cool-climate assemblage from Alberta, with special reference to the Albertosaurus sarcophagus bonebed. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 47(9): 1159–1181. DOI: 10.1139/E10-005
Larson, D.W. 2010. The occurrences of vertebrate fossils in the Deadhorse Coulee Member of the Milk River Formation and their implications for provincialism and evolution in the Santonian (Late Cretaceous) of North America [master’s thesis]. University of Alberta Education and Research Archive. DOI: 10.7939/R33S7C