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 Canadas crocodyliformes for my masters work, improving 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 Mangano 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. (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.  

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Gabriel Mendoza

M.Sc. candidate


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. For my master’s, I’m studying the depositional context of ceratopsian remains using bioerosion trace fossils on bone and sedimentary environments from the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) Frenchman Formation, southwestern Saskatchewan, to understand the implications for post-mortem bone bed taphonomy, and palaeobiology. My research is being supervised by Dr. Luis Buatois, Dr. Gabriela Mangano 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 measure 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 1920’s.  

In addition to my master’s research, I am describing the osteology, paleoecology, and depositional environment of a new specimen of Champsosaurus from the Paleocene Ravenscrag Formation, southwest Saskatchewan. This project will help further our understanding of vertebrate biostratigraphy and macroevolution across the K-Pg mass extinction boundary.

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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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, 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 project are different, the interaction of these fields and their complementarity for the same region is a great contribution to my professional training.