Curator, Vertebrate Paleontology
Associate Professor, Departments of Geological Sciences and Integrative Biology (adjunct)
Dr. Gottfried's current research focus revolves around vertebrate evolution in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly the evolution and spread of vertebrates across the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. This is based on field research, including collecting and studying Cretaceous-age fossils from Madagascar, and most recently (since 2002) on an initiative to add to the very poorly known Cretaceous record of Africa by exploring for fossils from a remote and previously ignored region of Tanzania. Tanzanian efforts have resulted in the most complete fossil mammal yet recovered from the Cretaceous of Africa, and the first carefully documented record of Cretaceous dinosaur eggshell from the continent. Other projects include ongoing research into the evolutionary history of Great White Sharks and their fossil relatives, and studies on fossil fishes and sharks from New Zealand in the context of the establishment of modern oceanic circulation patterns in southern oceans.
Ph.D., Systematics and Ecology (Paleontology), University of Kansas, 1991
M.Ph., Systematics and Ecology (Paleontology), University of Kansas, 1987