Austin B. Shaffer



I have sought a career in and held a strong passion for the field of paleontology for over 20 years. My specific interests lie in the macroevolution and paleoecology of Mesozoic & Cenozoic saurians, particularly North American neosuchians. Ultimately, I seek to understand the radiation, biogeography, diversity, and ecology of taxa such as these by employing a variety of different research techniques. I aim to gain additional experience so that I may continue along the path towards a career in academic research. Through prior experience with multiple institutions and projects, I have gained a strong understanding of paleontological and ecological principles/practices and have developed a broad set of skills encompassing laboratory preparation, collections management, fieldwork, data analysis, and education/outreach. I am confident that I will be able to directly apply this knowledge and experience to any project given my passion for learning, determined nature, and adaptability to a variety of working conditions


  • B.S. in Zoology & Environmental Systems Science (minors in Geology & Honors), University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA [2018-2022]

  • Crestwood Local Schools, Mantua, Ohio, USA