The lab conducts research that broadly examines dinosaur palaeobiology. Studies on the growth, variation, anatomy, and relationships of carnivorous dinosaurs, including the origin of birds, are key components of this research. A long term goal of the lab is to improve the understanding of the rich Cretaceous ecosystem in Dinosaur Provincial Park (Currie & Koppelhus, 2005), along with contemporaneous faunas and habitats at other sites in western North America. Additional interests include dinosaur behaviour, such as annual and intercontinental migrations.
Dr. Currie has been interested in dinosaurs since childhood and finds that the excitement of discovery—from fossils in the field and ideas in the lab—constantly renews his passion. Field work connected with his research has been concentrated in Alberta, British Columbia, the Arctic, Argentina, and China. Work on the Centrosaurus bonebed, feathered dinosaurs, hadrosaur nesting sites, and the Canada-China Dinosaur Project have attracted the greatest international attention.
Currie, P. J., and Koppelhus, E. B. 2005. Dinosaur Provincial Park: A Spectacular Ancient Ecosystem Revealed. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana. 648 pp.