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Steve BrusatteStephen Brusatte

MSc Candidate
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol

S.B., Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 2006
Marshall Scholarship Recipient, 2006-2008

Thesis Project: Basal Archosaur Phylogeny and Evolution
(M.J. Benton, G. Lloyd, and M. Ruta, advisors)

I am currently a graduate student in the University of Bristol's one-year MSc in Palaeobiology.  Previously I was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where I worked closely with Paul Sereno on the anatomy, evolution, systematics, and phylogeny of theropod dinosaurs.  This work included the description of three new Early-middle Cretaceous African theropods, as well as a reappraisal of allosauroid and tyrannosauroid phylogeny.  I have also worked on Carboniferous brachiopods, Paleozoic chondrichthyans, and taxonomic databases.

My current research interests are varied.  My MSc thesis focuses on basal archosaur phylogeny and evolution.  Specifically, I am critically analyzing published datasets, compiling a solid character list, examining methodological issues of coding multiple suprageneric OTUs, and looking at the completeness of the basal archosaur fossil record and its implications for biogeography.  This work is being conducted with Mike Benton.  On the side, I am also continuing my work on dinosaur phylogeny and systematics, particularly European basal tetanuran theropods.

I have done extensive geological and palaeontological fieldwork, including several trips to the Morrison and Hell Creek Formations of Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming, United States, as well as one month exploring Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks in Tibet.  For several years I have also led a small project focusing on the Pennsylvanian marine fossils near my home in central Illinois.


Peer-reviewed Papers

Brusatte, S.L. 2004. A preliminary paleoecological investigation of Late Pennsylvanian brachiopods from the LaSalle Limestone, LaSalle County, Illinois. The Mosasaur: Journal of the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society, 7:19-34.

Sereno, P.C., S. McAllister, and S.L. Brusatte. 2005. TaxonSearch: a relational database for suprageneric taxa and phylogenetic definitions. PhyloInformatics, 8:1-21.

Submitted Manuscripts

Brusatte, S.L., and P.C. Sereno. In revision. A new species of Carcharodontosaurus (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Cenomanian of Niger and a revision of the genus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Brusatte, S.L., and P.C. Sereno. Submitted May 2006. Phylogeny of Allosauroidea (Dinosauria: Theropoda): comparative analysis and resolution. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.

Sereno, P.C., and S.L. Brusatte. Submitted May 2006. The tyrannosaur tree: a status report. In: Henderson, M. et al. (eds.), The Origin, Systematics, and Paleobiology of Tyrannosauridae. Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, IL.

Brusatte, S.L. Submitted August 2006. A Late Pennsylvanian chondrichthyan fauna from the LaSalle Limestone Member (Bond Formation) of Illinois. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie.

Brusatte, S.L., and P.C. Sereno. 2006. Submitted November 2006. Basal abelisaurid and carcharodontosaurid theropods from the Elrhaz Formation (Aptian-Albian) of Niger. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

Published Abstracts

Brusatte, S.L. 2002. A paleoecological investigation of a Late Pennsylvanian LaSalle County outcrop using a newly-described macroinvertebrate fossil fauna. Abstracts of the Research Finalits. National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, San Diego.

Brusatte, S., and P. Sereno. 2004. TaxonSearch: online database for taxa, definitions, and authorship. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 24(3):42A.

Brusatte, S., and P. Sereno. 2005. A new species of Carcharodontosaurus (Dinosauria:Theropoda) from the Cenomanian of Niger and its implications for allosauroid phylogeny. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 25(3):40A.

Sereno, P.C, and S.L. Brusatte. 2005. Tracing the tyrannosaur tree. The Origins, Systematics, and Paleobiology of Tyrannosauridae, A Symposium Hosted by Burpee Museum of Natural History and Northern Illinois University, p. 34.

Brusatte, S., and P. Sereno. 2006. Basal abelisaurid and carcharodontosaurid theropods from the Elrhaz Formation (Aptian-Albian) of Niger. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 26(3):46A.


Brusatte, S. 2002. Stately Fossils: A Comprehensive Look at the State Fossils and other Official Fossils. Fossil News, Boulder, CO, 234 p.