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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2017 Awardees 2017 (Taylor & Francis Award) 2nd Place - Christopher Griffin

I grew up in many regions of the United States, having lived in the southern, southwestern, and west coast regions before graduating from high school. I come from a family that encouraged education and scientific thought, and I had always been interested in paleontology, earth history, and the evolution of animals, so studying Biology and Geology at Cedarville University was an easy decision. The summer before my final year of undergraduate I was fortunate enough to become a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates intern at the Field Museum in Chicago, where I worked with Sterling Nesbitt and Ken Angielczyk on a project dealing with the growth patterns of Asilisaurus kongwe, a close dinosaurian relative from the Middle Triassic of Africa. The paper resulting from this project was published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, and I am honored to have received an award from SVP for this work. I am now a PhD student at Virginia Tech, studying the influence of growth and developmental patterns on the evolution of vertebrates in deep time.