My MSc research focuses on hadrosaurid dinosaurs. Hadrosaurs were abundant megaherbivores that used highly specialized dental batteries for grinding vegetation. These dental batteries can have up to 60 rows of teeth, with each row being called a tooth family. The tooth families sit inside grooves called alveoli. The aim of my research is to determine how new alveoli form in the hadrosaur dentary as the dinosaur grows, and how the new tooth families fill these alveoli. There are two subfamilies in the Hadrosauridae, Hadrosaurinae and Lambeosaurinae, each having distinct tooth and dentary morphologies when they are mature. Taking this into consideration, my research will also look into any differences in how their alveoli and tooth families form, and at what growth stage these subfamilies develop distinct dentitions.
I am originally from New Brunswick, where I completed my first undergraduate degree at the University of New Brunswick. I then came out to Alberta where I completed a second undergraduate degree, a BSc in Paleontology. My BSc research included many topics, such as digitally mapping a dinosaur bonebed in Edmonton, studying the facial integument of ankylosaurs, and interpreting Alberta microsite material. My undergraduate honors thesis revolved around the holotype Corythosaurus excavatus skull collected in 1920 and trying to determine whether or not postcranial material found in 1992 belonged to it.
Katherine Bramble, MSc. Student
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