Robert W. Boessenecker, M.S.

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geology, University of Otago
Research Associate, University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, California

I am a Ph.D. student in the doctoral program in the Department of Geology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, working with Dr. R. Ewan Fordyce. My dissertation research is concerned with describing the morphology and analyzing the phylogenetic relationships of a large collection of anatomically informative eomysticetid fossils from the late Oligocene of New Zealand. Eomysticetids are a relatively recently recognized group of archaic toothless, baleen-bearing mysticete whales with long, narrow skulls, and have previously been reported from the east coast of the United States and Japan.

I am a Californian, and have anticipated a fulfilling career in paleontology for most of my life. Amateur collecting in the San Francisco Bay Area during high school got me hooked on Miocene and Pliocene marine vertebrates. My master's thesis research at Montana State University (2008-2011) focused on the taphonomy (preservation) of marine vertebrate bones and teeth in different depositional environments on the continental shelf, as preserved in the Mio-Pliocene Purisima Formation of Central California.

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Department of Geology
University of Otago
360 Leith Walk, Dunedin

robert.boessenecker (AT)

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