Dr. Matt Vickaryous
I received a BSc (Zoology) and an MSc (Vertebrate Palaeontology) at the University of Calgary. I then completed my PhD (Evolutionary Developmental Biology) at Dalhousie University, Halifax, before moving back to the University of Calgary as an Alberta Ingenuity Postdoctoral Fellow.
For my MSc, I worked on the cranial anatomy of a group of herbivorous dinosaurs known as ankylosaurs (supervisors: Dr. A.P. Russell and P.J. Currie). I then moved to Halifax for my PhD and studied the evolution and development of the dermal skeleton in amniotes (supervisor: Dr. B.K. Hall). I returned to Calgary as a postdoctoral fellow and became interested in lizard tail regeneration while working in the lab of Dr. A.P. Russell.
Although regeneration is the major focus of my research, I also have interests in the evolution and development of the skeleton, including the pectoral and pelvic girdles, as well as unusual elements such as osteoderms, sesamoids and the wishbone (furcula) of birds. Despite the best efforts of my students, I also remain interested in ankylosaurs.