Scott Evans

PhD Candidate, Earth Sciences
University of California, Riverside
Funding: NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship 2017-present

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: I am examining two aspects of paleontology centered around soft-bodied fossils. The first involves the study of modular Ediacaran aged macrofossils, including Dickinsonia (pictured below) one of the most iconic members of the Ediacara Biota, from the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. These organisms have a long history of attempted taxonomic reconstructions, my aim is to systematically and quantitatively describe the fossil record of these taxa in order to better understand their biology, ecology and were they fit in the emergence of complex animal life on or planet. The second project is an exploration of numerous reports of soft-bodied preservation in Devonian strata from the Appalachian Basin. These accounts of exceptional preservation have been understudied and my aim is to better understand why these fossils are preserved and their implications regarding 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