1 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Vice President Nominee Biographies ( term) Emily Rayfield Margaret Lewis Emily Rayfield Current Position: Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Bristol, United Kingdom Previous Positions: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader in Palaeobiology, University of Bristol ( ); Postdoctoral Researcher, Natural History Museum, London (2005); Junior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge ( ); Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford (2002). Education: BSc Honours, Biological Sciences, University of Oxford (1996); PhD Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge (2001). Professional Service (SVP): Member, Romer Prize Committee (2015-present); Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology ( ); Member, Program Committee ( ); Co-chair, Host Committee, SVP 2009 Annual Meeting, Bristol, UK. Professional Service (non-svp): Vice-President, The Palaeontological Association (2015-present); Member, Executive Committee, International Society of Vertebrate Morphology (2011-present); Member, Editorial Board, Nature Scientific Reports (2013-present); Member, Royal Society Newton International Fellowship Panel ( ); Publicity Officer, The Palaeontological Association ( ); Ordinary Member of Council, The Palaeontological Association ( ); Member, Scientific Program Committee, International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology-9 ( ); various academic leadership positions at the University of Bristol, including Director of Graduate Studies, Earth Sciences ( ), member of focus group for women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics), chair of staff-student liaison committee, member of Earth Sciences Management Committee. Honours: Lyell Fund, The Geological Society (2011); Hodson Award, The Palaeontological Association (2009); Junior Research Fellowship, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (2002); Millennium Scholarship, British Federation of Women Graduates (2001); Lundgren Award, University of Cambridge (2001); Emmanuel College Scholarship, University of Cambridge ( ); Hertford College scholar award, University of Oxford (1996). Research Interests: My research focuses on the function and evolution of the musculoskeletal system of vertebrates. I am interested in the evolution of the skull and its relationship to feeding behaviour in non-avian dinosaurs, birds and more recently, mammals, alongside other problems of form and function in living and extinct animals. I apply biomechanical and engineering analysis techniques such as finite element analysis (FEA) to investigate how living and extinct animal skeletons function and why skeletons are shaped in a particular way. Current research documents how biomechanical functions evolve through time, looking at how shape and function change in relation to the origin of innovations such as jaws and flight, species diversity and environmental factors, combining functional analysis with morphometric and statistical methods to elucidate morphological and functional convergence. I have been a member of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology for nearly 20 years. For the past 10 years I have served the Society in various roles and gained an understanding of two aspects of the SVP that influence most, if not all, members the Annual Meeting and the flagship Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. I have attended many SVP annual meetings over the years, served on the program and Romer Prize committees, co-chaired the host committee for the first SVP meeting to be held outside the Americas, and have published and edited papers for the journal. I am excited by the prospect of working with the Society to further enhance the delivery of the annual meeting and the journal to society members, particularly enriching the professional development of student and early career researchers and
2 assessing the challenges faced by the journal in a changing scientific publication environment. Furthermore, the SVP plays a vital role in communicating the value and relevance of our science to the general public, to governments, to employers of our members such as universities and museums. Palaeontological research faces continuing funding challenges on a global scale and the nature of science communication has changed markedly over the past five to ten years. As the foremost society of vertebrate palaeontology, the SVP is in an influential position to impact on these ongoing issues. Margaret E. Lewis Current Positions: Professor of Biology, Stockton University; Honors Program Faculty and Associated Faculty in Geology Program, Anthropology Program, and Women s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Stockton University. Previous Positions: Associate Professor of Biology ( ), Assistant Professor of Biology ( ), Biology Program Coordinator (= Chair; ); GNM Convener ( ), Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (now Stockton Univ.); Course Director for Human Diversity and Minority Health Issues ( ), Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Instructor of Anatomy ( ), Department of Anatomy, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Education: BA, Anthropology, Rice University (1988); MA, Anthropology, State University of New York at Stony Brook (1992); PhD, Anthropology, State University of New York at Stony Brook. Professional Service (SVP): Member-at-Large, SVP Executive Committee ( ); Chair, SVP Membership Committee ( ); Member, SVP Membership Committee ( ); Northeast Regional Editor, SVP News Bulletin ( ); Member, SVP Awards Committee ( ); Member, Education and Outreach Committee ( ); Graduate Research Fellowship Review Committee ( ) Professional Service (non-svp): Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Stockton Univ. ( ); Scientist Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Richard Stockton College of NJ ( ); Senator, Faculty Senate, Stockton Univ. ( ); At Large Member, Executive Board of the Stockton Federation of Teachers ( ); Chair, New and Untenured Faculty Committee, a Joint Committee of the Faculty Assembly and the Stockton Federation of Teachers ( ); Parental Leave Committee, Stockton Federation of Teachers (2005); Honors Program Advisory Committee, Stockton Univ. (2009-present); ACE Internationalization Lab Committee, Stockton Univ. ( ); Administration and Finance Committee, Stockton Univ. ( ); Faculty Mentor, Stockton Univ. (2001-present). Honors: Best Honors Professor, Stockton University (2014, 2015); Outstanding Faculty member (various years), Stockton University; Distinguished Faculty Fellowship (1997, 2004) Richard Stockton College of NJ; Outstanding Student Presenter, American Society of Mammalogists (1992); National Merit Scholarship, Rice University ( ); George R. Brown Award for Freshman in Social Sciences, Rice University (1984). Research Interests: My research focuses on the evolution of carnivorous mammals in Africa and North America. I am particularly interested in postcranial adaptations and what they can add to our understanding of behavior, ecology, and systematics. While my primary focus has been on members of the Carnivora and Hyaenodontida from the Miocene to the present, I am also interested in dispersals of carnivores between Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas. By reconstructing the changes in behavior and ecology of individual species through time, I am able to study changes in the structure of carnivore guilds, as well as investigate larger patterns of change in carnivore species diversity. Personal Statement: Since I first joined the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1989, I have seen changes in so many components of our Society. We have grown in size and have become an increasingly international society. We have had our growing pains, but have come through these to be a stronger, more diverse society whose primary goal is still to advance the science of vertebrate paleontology. As a member and then Chair of the Membership Committee, I have
3 worked to find new means of funding and categories of membership to help our members who are in the earliest stage of their career, from junior members to student members to post-docs, and those in the later stages of their career, such as emeritus members. I have also been a part of international initiatives to expand our membership and to bring electronic JVP access to institutions that might not otherwise be able to read our journal. Education and outreach has always been important to me and I was a founding member of what was formerly known as the Education Committee. It is through mobilizing our membership and through education and outreach that we can take on the problems facing our field. Today, museums and paleontological collections have had their funding cut and are being downsized, public understanding and support for science is low in many areas, and jobs for paleontologists are scarce worldwide. We need to use our unique perspectives and knowledge as paleontologists to provide a counter to non-scientific claims regarding climate change and evolution and to demonstrate the importance of evolutionary research (and critical components of that research, such as collections) for not only living a happy and healthy life today, but for the future as well. Finally, inequities and harassment that have gone on for too long have come to light over the past few years in our field and other scientific fields. I am completely committed to having a society that does not exclude, harass, harm, or otherwise negatively impact the careers of individuals due to their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, nor due to their race, ethnicity, ancestry, or age. I look forward to working with SVP members to further the mission and goals of the Society and to help our Society meet current and future challenges.
4 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Member at Large Nominee Biographies ( term) Matthew Carrano Kenneth Angielczyk Matthew T. Carrano Current Positions: Curator of Dinosauria, Dept. of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, George Washington University Previous Positions: Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University ( ); Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Geology, Field Museum ( ) Education: B.S. magna cum laude, Geology-Biology, Brown University (1991); M.Sc., Organismal Biology & Anatomy, University of Chicago (1995); PhD, Organismal Biology & Anatomy, University of Chicago (1998) Professional Service (SVP): Member, Host Committee, SVP Annual Meeting (1997); Member, Romer Prize Committee ( ); Member, Information Management Committee ( ); Associate Editor, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology ( ); Member, Romer-Simpson Medal Committee ( ); Member, Program Committee ( ); Member (2010 present) and Chair (2011 present), Bryan Patterson Award Committee Professional Service (non-svp): Technical Editor, Journal of Paleontology ( ); Scientific Board of Directors, The Jurassic Foundation ( ); Advisory Board, Paleobiology Database ( ); Co-Editor, Paleobiology ( ); Chair, Exhibits Committee, Dept. of Paleobiology, NMNH ( ); Lead Curator, Deep Time paleontology exhibit renovation, NMNH (2009 present); Core Team, Q?rius education center design, NMNH ( ); Executive Board, Paleobiology Database (2012 present) Honors: National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship ( ); Departmental Award for Outstanding Performance in the General Field of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago (1998); Hopkins Alumni/ae Fellow, Hopkins School, New Haven ( ); NMNH Science Achievement Award (2009); Smithsonian Education Award (as member of Q?rius Team) (2015) Research Interests: I am currently interested in the biases, content, and interpretation of the Mesozoic terrestrial fossil record. Although much of my research is centered on dinosaurs, it encompasses other relevant aspects of their ecosystems, and seeks to derive a reliable, repeatable, and analytically viable means to understand long-term patterns in vertebrate evolution and paleoecology. I am particularly focused on vertebrate microfossil bonebeds as a potential means to accomplish this over large temporal and spatial scales. My work relies on the full spectrum of paleontological evidence to achieve these goals: many years of fieldwork (in Lower Jurassic through Upper Cretaceous deposits), extensive use of museum collections and the paleontological literature, a large and well-vetted database, and a wide variety of analytical techniques. I joined the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1989, when Christine Janis encouraged me to attend the Austin meeting as an undergraduate. Since then I have seen the Society expand its commitment to students through more awards, financial support, and opportunities for involvement. I am convinced (as I m sure many members are) that paleontology is relevant to the pressing discussions on biodiversity crises, extinction, and climate change. But I am equally convinced that we need to demonstrate, not just assert, our relevance and partner with other organizations in the bio- and geosciences as we do so. My own development as a scientist has benefited enormously from belonging to our Society, most of all through the strength of the interpersonal relationships formed within its circle. Working on a major exhibit renovation has taught me the importance of understanding just how varied individuals can be, even when
5 they share strong interests. I would be pleased to help maintain SVP s greatest strength by encouraging communication among our increasing diversity of paleontological voices. Kenneth D. Angielczyk Current positions: Associate Curator of Paleomammalogy, Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History; Lecturer, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago; Honorary Research Associate, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand. Previous Positions: Assistant Curator of Paleomammalogy, Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History ( ); Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology, California Academy of Sciences ( ); Lecturer, Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University (2007); Royal Society USA/Canada Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol ( ); NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Interdisciplinary informatics, Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology, California Academy of Sciences ( ). Education: Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley (2003); B.S. with distinction, Biology and Geology, University of Michigan (1998). Professional Service (SVP): Faculty Participant, Student Roundtable Forum and Reprint Exchange ( ); Ad Hoc Committee on Fossil Repositories and Collection Guidelines (2010); Taylor & Francis Award (Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Best Student Paper) (2010-present); Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize Committee (2008-present). Professional Service (non-svp): Editorial Board Member, Palaeontographica Americana ( ); Editorial Board Member, Bulletins of American Paleontology (2008-present); Editor, Palaeontology (2009-present); Associate Editor, Fieldiana (2013-present); Editorial Board Member, Systematic Biology (2014-present); Nominations Committee, Division of Systematics and Evolutionary biology, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (2008); Harrel L. Strimple Award Committee, Paleontological Society ( ); Nominations Committee, Paleontological Society (2014- present); Judge, Best Student Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology ( , ); Symposium Co-organizer, 7 th North American Paleontological Convention (2001); Symposium Co-organizer, 69 th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (2009). Academic Honors: Royal Society USA/Canada Research Fellowship (2006); NSF Postdocotral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Informatics ( ); Outstanding Research Proposal, Paleontological Society and Mid-American Plaeontological Society (2002); NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (1998, 1999). Research Interests: My research program focuses on the paleobiology and paleoecology of Permo-Triassic tetrapods, and can be divided into three hierarchical levels. At the lowest level, I study the taxonomy and systematics of Permo- Triassic tetrapods, particularly non-mammalian synapsids. I build upon this foundation at the intermediate level by addressing questions related to the biogeography, biostratigraphy, functional morphology, disparity, growth, and life history of Permo-Triassic taxa. At the broadest scale, I am interested in the causes and effects of the Permo-Triassic mass extinction, especially how terrestrial food web structures were affected by the extinction, and whether particular food web structures can inhibit or promote the progression of disturbances that cause extinction. Fieldwork is an important part of my research, and I currently have active field programs in Brazil, Tanzania, and Zambia. Why SVP?: The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology was the first professional society that I joined when I was still an undergraduate, and more than any other professional organization, it has remained my home. I have been privileged to assist the Society in its efforts to recognize outstanding student research by serving on the Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize Committee and the Taylor & Francis Award Committee. Now, I want to take the next step and help the Society in its broader mission to advocate for our field. There are three areas that I think deserve particular attention. 1) The importance of paleontological collections. As a museum professional, I understand not only the research significance of paleontological collections, but also the challenges in building, maintaining, and improving collections. I will be a strong
6 advocate for collections, both within the scientific community and in outreach to government agencies and the general public. 2) Science communication. I was once a 5-year-old kid obsessed with dinosaurs, and I never really grew out of that phase. My experience is a perfect example of how naturally vertebrate paleontology can be used to inspire people about science. I look forward to continuing to develop better ways to share with broad audiences the amazing narratives that result from our work so that we can get the next 5-year-old hooked. 3) The breadth of vertebrate paleontology. Vertebrate paleontology is the original integrative science, and I'm continually impressed by the diversity of ways in which my colleagues approach the field. I believe this is a greatly under-appreciated aspect of vertebrate paleontology, and I hope to promote our innovative, multidisciplinary research as a way to raise the profile of the discipline in the scientific community.