David Evans: 2019 Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists


I’m Dave Evans. I’m associate professor in the department
of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto and the Temerty Chair
in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum. I’m a dinosaur paleontologist and I study
the dying days of the dinosaurs — the last few million
years of the age of dinosaurs. I piece together the diversity of these amazing
animals as well as their role in terrestrial ecosystems leading up to the
end-Cretaceous mass extinction event. The work that I’m doing now is really the
culmination of my childhood dream to study dinosaurs for a living. Canada actually has one of the very best fossil
records from the end of the age of dinosaurs anywhere in the world. I’ve been lucky enough to discover
over 10 new species of dinosaurs. The ultimate goal of my research
is to get a better understanding of the causes and consequences
of mass extinctions generally as well as to take new lessons
from Deep Time that’ll help us better cope
with our current biodiversity crisis.