Journal of Paleontological Techniques is a
peer-reviewed journal focus on paleontological
methods and Techniques, including articles
Emanuel Tschopp received his MSc in
paleontology 2008 at University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 2010, he started
his PhD at the Department of Geology of the Faculdade
de Ciência e Tecnologia
of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa,
Portugal, under the supervision of Prof. Octávio Mateus. His main research interests are the phylogeny
and evolution of sauropod dinosaurs, in
particular of the Late Jurassic faunas from the Morrison and the Lourinhã Formations in the USA and Portugal,
respectively, where he also participated in various excavation campaigns.
Technical expertise: 3D reproduction techniques, Phylogeny,
At this moment Ricardo Araújo is doing a PhD in the United States, at Southern
Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. His interests focus on African
vertebrate paleontology having as a PhD adviser one of the most prestigious
paleontologists on this subject: Louis L. Jacobs. Also he has been doing
regular fieldwork in Angola, United States and Portugal.
Technical expertise: Preparation,
photography, geochemical analytical techniques, biomechanics, laser
In 2006 founded, as Editor-in-chief, the Journal of Paleontological Techniques
and since 2008 he was elected member of the direction board of the Lourinhã Museum, in charge of Paleontology and
Passionate about science, he began his studies in biology at
University of Évora and worked at the Museum of Lourinhã where he completed his final thesis about the
left-right asymmetry in Dinosaurs. His interest in evolution made him study
various portuguese dinosaurs. Two years later,
having won a scholarship from the Jurassic Foundation for this purpose, he
started to study the dinosaur eggs and embryos from the Jurassic of Lourinhã. Since then he have focused his research on
evolutionary developmental biology of extinct and extant species.
Over the last years, Rui participated and
led several paleontological campaigns in various locations not only in
Portugal but also in Angola and Mozambique (Projecto
Right now he is in the doctoral program at Instituto
Gulbenkian de Ciência
where he studies evo-devo using the chicken
(Gallus gallus) as a model organism.
Technical expertise: Preparation, Photography, Scanning Electron
Microscopy, Phylogeny, 3D visualisation
Peter Falkingham is currently a Marie
Curie International Research Fellow, based at Brown University USA, and the
Royal Veterinary College, UK. His research focus is on using computer
simulation to study the formation of dinosaur tracks, with the aim of
reverse engineering fossil tracks and studying locomotion. Peter received a
PhD from the University of Manchester in 2010 on using Finite Element
Analysis to model dinosaur footprints. In addition to ichnological
work, Peter has a keen interest in digitisation
methods, particularly those that are low cost or even free, such as
close-range photogrammetry, as well as general simulation techniques
applicable to palaeontology such as multi-body
dynamics, or fluid simulations.
Technical expertise: 3D Digitisation
(laser scanning, photogrammetry), simulation, biomechanical modelling.
Born in 1975 in
Portugal, Octávio Mateus is Professor of Paleontology in the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia -Universidade
Nova de Lisboa [New University of Lisbon].
His education background is Biology (Graduated from University of Évora) and Paleontology (PhD from the Univ. Nova de Lisboa, in 2005).
His main interest is dinosaur paleontology, so he has studied Late
Jurassic dinosaurs of Portugal, but also worked with other reptiles (mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, etc.).
He lives in Lourinhã, where he is engaged
with the Museum of the Lourinhã, known for its
important dinosaur collection. Since 1991, Octávio
Mateus has organized dinosaur excavations in
Portugal, where he collected many dinosaurs and other vertebrates,
including sauropods, theropods,
stegosaurs, crocodiles, and turtles.
One of his main scientific projects is in Angola, where he
discovered the first dinosaur from that country, in the scope of a
paleontology project on vertebrates of Angola, the PaleoAngola
Project, with geologists and paleontologists from Angola, Southern
Methodist University (USA) and Natuurhistorisch
Museum in Maastricht (Netherlands). His interest for dinosaurs has taken
him to the United States, Brazil, Greenland, Laos, Tunisia, Mozambique,
Mongolia, Morocco, South Africa and Angola.
Technical expertise: excavations, international expeditions
Native Belgian and MSc Geology (University of Ghent) and MSc in Palaeobiology (University of Bristol), Koen Stein finished his PhD in 2011 at the University
of Bonn on sauropodomorph bone histology. He has
cooperated and published with various other researchers on diverse topics
such as kuehneosaur aerodynamics, sauropodomorph genome size, sauropod
dwarfism, and prosauropod embryology, mostly involving the study of bone
histological sections. To circumvent the problem of curator veto on
histological sampling of irreplaceable fossils, he has led and participated
in various fossil tetrapod excavations, including faunas from the
terrestrial Lower Permian of Texas, the marine Middle Triassic of the
Netherlands and Nevada as well as the Lower Cretaceous of Hungary.
Currently, Koen holds a postdoc position at the
Museum für Naturkunde
in Berlin, working on amphibian evo-devo. His
relevant expertise for JPT lies in methods of fossil and extant vertebrate
hard tissue histological preparation as well as methods of histological
Technical expertise: Paleohistology, bone
Carla Alexandra Tomás
Carla Alexandra Tomás is the Chief Preparator at Museu da Lourinhã (Portugal) since 2005. She has a degree in
Geology and a master degree in Geosciences since 2010, in coal petrology
and geochemistry, by Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade de Coimbra. Her main interests are fossil
preparation, coal geology, stratigraphy and
Technical expertise: fossil preparation, molding and casting,
petrology, geochemistry and collections management.