David E. Fastovsky, University of Rhode Island
Mesozoic, terrestrial vertebrate-bearing paleoenvironments, vertebrate paleontology
1. What first got you interested or involved in your research field?
Roy Chapman Andrews: All About Dinosaurs (1953).
2. What is your favourite piece of research?
Overall, I loved working on fluxes of vertebrate extinctions at the K/T boundary; I also loved working on some very interesting vertebrate-bearing paleoenvironments in NE Mexico; the rocks were crazy; the fossils were weird; it just doesn’t get better than that!
3. What do you think is the most interesting or important discovery in your field in recent years?
Feathered non-avian dinosaurs; the extinctions at the K/T boundary.
4. What do you think is the biggest unanswered question in your field right now?
We’ve begun to move from individual specimens to ecosystems. That kind of work should continue; that’s how to really capture the great rhythms of life through time.
5. What advice would you give to students about research?