Scott Evans

PhD Student, Earth Sciences
University of California, Riverside

Office: 1453 Geology Building
Address: 900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521

BA, Geology and Mathematics - State University of NY, Geneseo
MS, Geology - University of California, Riverside

Research Interests: Currently I am examining two aspects of paleontology centered around soft-bodied fossils. The first involves the study of Dickinsonia, one of the most iconic members of the Ediacara Biota, from the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. This organism has a long history of attempted taxonomic reconstruction, my aim is to systematically and quantitatively describe Dickinsonia in order to better understand the biology and ecology this taxa. The second project is an exploration of numerous reports of soft-bodied preservation in the Devonian strata of upstate New York. These accounts of exceptional preservation have been understudied and my aim is to better understand why these fossils are preserved and what implications that has for environmental conditions during the Devonian. I am also exploring the taphonomy and taxonomy of these enigmatic forms.

Dickinsonia costata from the South Australia Museum, Adelaide, SA