About

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I am a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech on the traditional land of the Tutelo/Monacan Nations in the Department of Geosciences with the Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group.

My research interests include vertebrate responses to mass extinctions, diversification of archosaurs (crocodylians, birds, and their extinct relatives), and variation in evolutionary rates within and between archosaur clades. My current projects include reconstructing evolutionary rates of armored archosaurs, vertebrate assemblage diversity of a Late Triassic (Reveultian) microvertebrate locality in Arizona on the historic land of the Hopi, Apache, Zuni, and Navajo peoples, and describing an archosaur tooth assemblage from the Early Triassic of South Africa with South African colleagues at the Evolutionary Studies Institute.

I use a variety of methods including computed tomography (CT), histology, and statistical methods to evaluate how these animals evolved in deep time and reconstruct the ecology of the communities through evolution.

I am also involved in science outreach. I regularly present at local and regional fossil fairs and science festivals. Most recently I participated with the Paleobiology Research Group at VT for the annual Virginia Tech Science Festival. I am currently collaborating with local high school science teachers to design anatomy teach kits and corresponding lesson plans for high school biology.

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You can contact me at:

devinkh5@vt.edu

Or see more of my abstracts and research here:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Devin_Hoffman

Learn more about Paleontology at VT here:

http://www.paleo.geos.vt.edu/


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