Jack L. Conrad
 Paleontology, Phylogeny, and Vertebrate Evolution


Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York Institute of Technology
Old Westbury, NY  11568-8000

Research Associate, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St
New York, NY 10024


  Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) forelimb image at top (c) Rebecca M. Shearman, 2008

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I am an assistant professor of anatomy at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY. It's a fantastic gig. I love the students, I have fantastic co-workers, and I get to do fun research on alotta Squamata.

In 2010 I had the pleasure of working as a postdoctoral associate in the lab of James Clark at George Washington University. My collaborative project with Dr. Clark focuses on Mesozoic reptiles from Asia.

In 2009-2010, I had the pleasure of working with Nate Kley at Stony Brook University. Before that, I worked with Mark Norell's at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  

The natural world is a fantastic and beautiful object of study.  I have always been interested in the natural world, especially in vertebrate evolution.  

Olivier Rieppel, a gentleman and reptile-anatomy guru, was my Ph.D. advisor while I attended the University of Chicago.  He and I continue to collaborate on various squamate projects. 

My recent work includes studies on each of the major squamate groups (Iguania, Gekkota, Scincomorpha, and Anguimorpha).  My colleagues and I seek to understand the evolution of these groups into the dizzying array of body forms and morphological diversity present in the fossil record and in faunas today.  We are also interested in the origins of enigmatic groups such as Dibamidae, Amphisbaenia, and Ophidia (snakes).   

I have also been fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to co-curate a traveling exhibition at AMNH called Lizards & Snakes ALIVE!.

My current research interests include:

  • Squamate phylogeny
  • Under-studied areas of reptile anatomy, including soft-tissue/organ systems
    • musculoskeletal
    • lung
    • aortic
    • brain

jack.conrad at gmail.com