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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2016 Awardees 2016 (Taylor & Francis Award)

2nd Place - aaron leblanc

Most SVP members will relate to the fact that I have wanted to work in vertebrate paleontology since I was a kid. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, I had the chance to visit the Royal Tyrell Museum virtually every summer and continued to pursue the dream by completing my Bachelors of Science in paleontology at the University of Alberta in 2008. From 2008 to 2011 I completed a Masters degree under the supervision of Michael Caldwell studying mosasaurs from Morocco and California. In 2011 I moved to the University of Toronto Mississauga to begin my PhD with Robert Reisz. My PhD research focused on the evolution and development of amniote teeth with an emphasis on tooth attachment and implantation. As part of this research project, I was also interested in the inner workings of the complex dentitions of early reptiles and the dental batteries of herbivorous dinosaurs. Much of my PhD work involved making thin sections of fossil teeth and jaws in the paleohistology laboratory at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. While studying the over 300 million year history of dental evolution in Amniota I have had the chance to take a look up close at the teeth of stem amniotes, non-mammalian synapsids, parareptiles, early eureptiles, dinosaurs, and mammals. I have since defended my PhD dissertation and am currently a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta.