M.Sc. students

Kailtin Lindblad

M.Sc. candidate

I am Kaitlin Lindblad. My undergraduate work focused on descriptions of new specimens of the early crocodylian Borealosuchus from the early Paleocene of Saskatchewan, and their implications for the distribution, phylogeny, and diversity of this genus. 

I aim to synthesize the fossil record of Canada’s crocodyliforms for my Master’s work, improving the resolution of their evolution, distribution, and their relationships with paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental over time. I am also very interested in incorporating disciplines such as sedimentology, ichnology, and paleobotany for this project to enrich our understanding of these and other animals. My research is being supervised by Dr. Gabriela Mángano and Dr. Emily Bamforth. 

Supervisors: Dr. Emily Bamforth and Dr. Gabriela Mángano

Abstracts, posters, and publications:

Lindblad, K., Moreno-Bernal, J., McKellar, R., & Vélez, M.I.. (2022). The Northern Crocodile: first report of Borealosuchus (Eusuchia: Crocodylia) from Saskatchewan’s Lower Ravenscrag Formation (earliest Paleocene) with implications for biogeography. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 59. 10.1139/cjes-2022-0010.

Lindblad. K, Moreno-Bernal. J, McKellar. R, & Vélez. M. (2021) The first occurrence of Borealosuchus (Crocodyliformes: Eusuchia) from the Lower Ravenscrag Formation (Earliest Paleocene) of Saskatchewan: implications for range and diversity. GAC-MAC 2021 Annual Conference: London, Canada. Conference presentation. 

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Jack Milligan    

M.Sc. candidate

​I am Jack Milligan. For my master’s research, I’m studying the depositional and ichnological context of osteic bioerosion trace fossils on ceratopsian bones from the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) Frenchman Formation, in southwestern Saskatchewan. The aim of this study is to describe these trace fossils on ceratopsian bones and the associated sedimentary environments to understand their implications for taphonomy, palaeoecology, and sequence stratigraphy. My research is being supervised by Dr. Luis Buatois, Dr. Gabriela Mángano, and Dr. Emily Bamforth.  

During my undergraduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan, I argued that the use of alpha and beta palaeobiodiversity statistics of microvertebrate localities from the Frenchman Formation can be used as a method for identifying habitat heterogeneity within a larger paleoenvironmental framework. I worked for the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature since 2019 on a collaborative project to relocate and study the sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of lost Triceratops quarries collected in southwest Saskatchewan since the 1920s.   

In addition to my master’s research, I am helping to describe the sequence stratigraphy and bioerosion trails on new turtle material from the Paleocene Salamanca Formation of the Río Chico Group, San Jorge Basin, southern Chubut province, Patagonia, Argentina. I’m part of a joint team that includes paleontologists from the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio.

Supervisors: Dr. Luis Buatois, Dr. Gabriela Mángano, and Dr. Emily Bamforth

Abstracts, posters, and publications:

Milligan, J., & Bamforth, E. (2021) Palaeobiodiversity statistics and paleoenvironmental implications of microvertebrate localities from the Frenchman Formation (Late Cretaceous, Upper Maastrichtian,) of Saskatchewan, Canada. Murray, A. M., Street, H., & Holmes, R. B. (2021). CSVP 2021 abstracts. Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.18435/vamp29374. Poster Presentation.

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Federico Wenger

M.Sc. candidate

I am Federico Daniel Wenger, from Argentina. I graduated from the National University of La Plata. My Final Project “Study of the sedimentary provenance of the Villavicencio Formation, Devonian of the Mendoza Precordillera, Argentina” consisted of the study of the provenance of the Villavicencio Formation, Western Argentina. Although that work is mainly focused on zircon morphology and typology, it also includes petrological and geochemical analyses.

Currently, I am working on the ichnology and sedimentology of the Talacasto Formation, in western Argentina. This Lower Devonian unit is located north of the Villavicencio Formation in the same geological province (Precordillera). The project involves the sequential stratigraphy of the unit due to the comparison of three different localities from north to south involving different positions of the Devonian basin.

Although the fields of work between my undergraduate project and the current Master’s project are different, the interaction of these fields and their complementarity for the same region is a great contribution to my professional training.

Supervisors: Dr. Luis Buatois, and Dr. M. Gabriela Mángano