Research Summary

I am a Research Scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Adjunct Research Professor in Biology and Earth Sciences at Carleton University, and Associate at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I am a palaeoecologist and evolutionary biologist interested in how and why mammal communities form with the goal of understanding the emergence of modern mammal communities and how they might change under ongoing global change. I use a wide array of analytical tools including, but not limited to, computational biology, phylogenetics, palaeodietary methods, field work, and stable isotopes. My research program is multidisciplinary and integrates the study of both extant and extinct mammals. See my research page for more information.



Recent News:

The lab had a successful field season, having collected > 50 new specimens of Miocene-aged fossil mammals from Saskatchewan.

Field group photo
From left to right: Matthew Brenning, Danielle Fraser, Brigid Christison, Margaret Currie.
Looking for fossils in situ
Brigid, Margaret, and Matt have been taking samples for microvertebrate analysis and sorting through matrix by hand.


Ottawa paleontologists look for fossils at Grasslands National Park


‘Exciting and surprising’: 23-million-year-old mammalian bones found at dig site in Sask.