Dr. Hillary Maddin

2239 Herzberg Laboratories
(613) 520-2600 Ext. 1860

About Dr. Hillary Maddin

Research area:  Vertebrate Palaeontology & Evolutionary Developmental Biology

My research aims to understand the origin and maintenance of organismal diversity over large time scales. In particular, I am interested in the evolution of cranial morphology and how patterns of relatedness, development and function underlie the origin of morphological diversity observed among animals living today. I take a broadly comparative approach, applying integrative techniques, by combining the fields of paleontology, developmental biology, experimental genetics, and functional morphology to characterize instances of morphological diversification in major lineages of tetrapods. I primarily employ extinct and extant amphibians to work towards these goals.

I run an annual field program exploring the Carboniferous rocks of Nova Scotia. I am additionally involved in an international field team exploring the Permo-Triassic rocks of Siberia.

I currently serve as Advisor for students in the Vertebrate Palaeontology Concentration in the Earth Sciences department.

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