Members of the Mesozoic Vertebrates Research Group
The Mesozoic Vertebrates Research Group at the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie was set up by Oliver Rauhut in 2004, who was joined by Adriana López-Arbarello as second principle investigator in 2006. Many different scientists have since worked in the research group. Here are the current members and a small overview of past members.
Oliver Rauhut is curator of fishes, amphibians and reptiles at the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie and adjunct professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. His main research interest are Mesozoic dinosaurs, but he has also worked on a range of other topics.
Adriana López-Arbarello is a researcher at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and GeoBioCenter of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. A biologist by training, her main focus of research are currently the evolution of basal neopterygian fishes during the Mesozoic.
Dr. Diego Castanera
Diego Castanera is an expert in vertebrate tracks, especially dinosaur tracks. He has a PhD from the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, and has joined the Mesozoic Research Group as a Humboldt fellow in 2016. His current research focuses on terrestrial vertebrates over the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary.
Coming from the Universidade de Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto in Brazil, Mario Bronzati joined the research group as a PhD student in 2013. His research is focused on the anatomy and evolution of the braincase in sauropodomorph dinosaurs.
Having studied at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, Femke Holwerda started her PhD in the Mesozoic Vertebrates research group in Munich in 2013. Topic of her research is the early evolution of sauropod dinosaurs, focused on the Patagonian taxon Patagosaurus.