Assistant Director (Collections and Research), Emeritus
Mark studies how dinosaur bones change with growth and how fossil bone is preserved.
Burning questions: "What's the difference chemically and mineralogically between an unaltered modern bone and a fossil bone? What is the effect, if any, of the burial environment on the mineral and chemical properties, and how do you measure it?"
Sidelights: Mark is also researching the behavior and life history of pachycephalosaurs (dome-headed dinosaurs) and ceratopsids (horned-dinosaurs), particularly Triceratops.
His favorite thing about research: "The field of paleontology is much more integrative now, and working with colleagues from geochemistry, biology, and medicine, makes research both fun and challenging. Probing fossils with particle beams and X-rays, or slicing thin sections only 100's of microns thick, provides a wealth of new questions and projects. Plus I enjoy traveling to new places and meeting new people!"
- Woodruff, D.C., M.B. Goodwin, T.R. Lyson, and D.C. Evans. 2021. Ontogeny and variation of the pachycephalosaurine dinosaur Sphaerotholus buchholtzae, and its systematics within the genus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, xx:1-39. Read it
- Cullen, T.M., F.J. Longstaffe, U.G. Wortmann, L. Huang, F. Fanti, M.B. Goodwin, M.J. Ryan, D.C. Evans. 2020. Large-scale stable isotope characterization of a Late Cretaceous dinosaur-dominated ecosystem. Geology v. 48, https://doi.org/10.1130/G47399.1 Read it
- Goodwin, M.B., R.B. Irmis, G.P. Wilson, D.G. Demar, Jr., K. Melstrom, C. Rasmussen, B. Atnafu, T. Alemu, M. Alemayehu, S.G. Chernet. 2019. The first confirmed sauropod dinosaur from Ethiopia discovered in the Upper Jurassic Mugher Mudstone. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 159 (2019) 103571. Read it
- Cullen, T.M., F.J. Longstaffe, U.G. Wortmann, M.B. Goodwin, L. Huang, and D.C. Evans. 2019. Stable isotope characterization of a coastal floodplain forest community: a case study for isotopic reconstruction of Mesozoic vertebrate assemblages. Royal Society Open Science. 6: 181210. Read it
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