Our latest paper, just published online, suggests that the global devastation of forests following the end-Cretaceous asteroid strike also eliminated all tree-dwelling birds. Thus, all modern birds that live in trees are descended from non-arboreal extinction survivors! Check it out here: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)30534-7
This was a really fun project to be a part of, and it was a privilege to work with Antoine Bercovici, Regan Dunn, Jacob Berv, Tyler Ranse Lyson, Vivi Vajda, David Fastovsky, and Jacques Gauthier.
Phillip Krzeminski from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology created this amazing and evocative scene, illustrating a hypothetical avian survivor (small, ground-dwelling, and capable of flight) fleeing wildfires set off in the immediate aftermath of the asteroid strike.
Please let me know if you’d like a copy of the PDF! And check out some of the accompanying press:
- National Geographic: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/dinosaurs-asteroid-birds-forests-fires-paleontology-science/?beta=true
- BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44226534
- CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/24/world/birds-dinosaur-extinction-asteroid-event-study/index.html
- The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/how-birds-survived-the-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-97021
- The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/05/dinosaurs-asteroids-goodbye-birds-trees/561110/
- The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/24/birds-had-to-relearn-flight-after-meteor-that-wiped-out-dinosaurs
Due to publishing/installation timelines, I've been keeping a lot of my work off the web. I just got permission to upload some of my work from last summer - keep an eye open for new updates as I am able to advertise them!
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute posted an article that features some of the animation work I have been doing for them earlier this week. Looking forward to further work with them and other oceanographic institutes!
When people think of poisonous animals, most don't think of birds at all. It's true that no known bird produces or injects venom, there are several that sequester toxins from their food into their skin and feathers making them toxic to eat or touch.
Recently finished up my graduate program classes and should be uploading a lot of new work in the next few weeks once it's all cleaned up. In the mean time, I posted a new animated technical illustration for Nancy Barr at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute on their Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).
Lots of controversy surrounding the recently published work on the Cerutti Mastodon Site in Southern California, which places some form of genus Homo in the Americas 130,000 years ago! If it is further substantiated, it would topple old ideas about hominid migration! Figured I'd try my hand at a splashy editorial spread that would reconstruct the locality as the researchers see it.
Putting what I learned in grad school to work with a new animation about one of the many diving adaptations found in sperm whales. Each element of the animation was painted traditionally with watercolor with the exception of the skeletal diagram, which was done with a combination of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.