M.Sc. students


Gabriel Mendoza

M.Sc. candidate

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I am Gabriel Mendoza; the objective of my study is to build a reservoir model of the Ciénaga de Oro Formation in the San Jacinto Fold Belt Basin-Colombia (SJFB), taking into account ichnology, sedimentology, and sequence stratigraphy. My MSc research is under the supervision of Dr. Luis Buatois and Gabriela Mángano.

During my undergraduate at the Universidad Industrial de Santander, I studied the Ciénaga de Oro Formation in the SJFB deepening in trace fossils and sedimentary structures. During my work at the Colombia Institute of Petroleum, I developed the facies maps of the Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene, the unification of facies in the Cretaceous-Oligocene, as well as the spatial model distribution of the siliciclastics environments in the Eocene and transition to the Oligocene. All studies previously mentioned were performed in the Sinú-San Jacinto Fold Belt Basin, in the project Pre-Neogene evaluation.

I am currently developing my master’s thesis and at the same time working on the Caribbean offshore project of the Colombian Petroleum Institute, a project in which I am part of the description of piston cores, cores and paleoenvironmental analysis of the off-shore basin of the Colombian Caribbean.

Supervisors: Dr. Luis Buatois and Dr. Gabriela Mángano

Abstracts, posters, and publications:

Mendoza, G., Buatois, L.A., Rincón-Martínez, Mángano, M.G., and Baumgartner-Mora, C. (In press) The armored burrow Nummipera eocenica from the upper Eocene San Jacinto Formation, Colombia: Morphology and paleoenvironmental implications. ICHNOS 2019.

Mendoza. G, Buatois. L, Rincón. D & Mángano. G. (2016) Nummipera eocenica, a trace fossil from the upper Eocene San Jacinto Formation, Colombia: Morphology and palaeoenvironmental implications. Ichnia 2016, Idanha Nova (Naturtejo Global Geopark, Portugal). Poster presentation.

Mendoza. G, Buatois. L, Rincon. D, Mángano. G & Gomez, D. (2016). Ichnology and sedimentology of a tropical delta and associated shallow-marine environments, Oligocene Ciénaga de Oro Formation, San Jacinto Fold Belt Basin, Colombia: Trace-fossil distribution and depositional dynamics. Ichnia 2016, Idanha Nova (Naturtejo Global Geopark, Portugal). Poster presentation.

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Jack Milligan

M.Sc. candidate

I am Jack Milligan. I am studying bivalve induced bioerosion traces on Triceratops prorsus fossils from the latest Cretaceous Frenchman Formation in southwest Saskatchewan and examining the taphonomy and paleoenvironmental implications of these fossils based on sequence stratigraphy, ichnology, and palaeobiology. My research is being supervised by Dr. Luis Buatois, Dr. Gabriela Mangano and Dr. Emily Bamforth. 

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

In addition to my master’s research, I am developing a review of latest Cretaceous-earliest Paleocene champsosaur osteology and species diversity from the Paleocene Ravenscrag Formation, and examining the paleoecology of the vertebrate fauna and biostratigraphy from the Ravenscrag Formation in southwest Saskatchewan.

Supervisors: Dr. Luis Buatois, Dr. M. 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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