Lisa Buckley

’09 MSc, ’16 PhD

Lisa earned a BSc in Geology & Geophysics and Zoology (with Distinction) from University of Wisconsin in 2002. She completed a MSc and PhD with Specialization in Systematics and Evolution in 2009 and 2016, respectively, at the University of Alberta. She specializes in trackways and ichnofossils of Mesozoic animals, particularly of Cretaceous dinosaurs and birds. Lisa became Curator and Collections Manager for the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge, BC in 2004. She took on a variety of responsibilities to develop research and field programmes, fulfill advisory or consultation roles, and promote outreach and education alongside managing the fossil collection and archives. Lisa enjoys the splendour of modern birds, appreciating living dinosaurs as much as their extinct ancestors.



Buckley L.G. and Currie, P.J. 2014. Analysis of intraspecific and ontogenetic variation in the dentition of Coelophysis bauri (Late Triassic), and implications for the systematics of isolated theropod teeth. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 63: 1–73. Available from:

McCrea, R. T., Buckley, L.G., Farlow, J.O., Lockley, M.G., Currie, P.J., Matthews, N.A., and Pemberton, S.G. 2014. A ‘Terror of Tyrannosaurs’: the first trackways of tyrannosaurids and evidence of gregariousness and pathology in Tyrannosauridae. PLOS ONE 10(1): e0117606. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103613

McCrea, R. T., Buckley, L.G., Plint, A.G., Currie, P.J., Haggart, J.W., Helm, C.W., and Pemberton, S.G. 2014. A review of vertebrate track-bearing formations from the Mesozoic and earliest Cenozoic of western Canada with a description of a new theropod ichnospecies and reassignment of an avian ichnogenus. New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletin 62: 5–94. Available from:

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

Buckley, L.G. 2016. Bare-bones Paleontology: An Examination of the Systematic Methods Used in Vertebrate Paleontology and their Congruence with Avian Ichnotaxonomy [doctoral dissertation]. University of Alberta Education and Research Archive. DOI: 10.7939/R3QR4NW2Z