Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Thomas Adams

Research Associate, Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory, Jackson School of Geosciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

I received Bachelor of Science degrees in geology and in zoology/physiology from the University of Wyoming. I earned my Masters of Science degree and Ph.D. in geology from the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Currently, I have conducted paleontological research in Alaska, Texas, Wyoming, and Mongolia and have been involved with additional expeditions in Colorado and Utah. My current research is focused on crocodyliform evolution and biodiversity in Texas; vertebrate paleoichnology; paleoecology and paleobiogeography of Mesozoic ecosystems and their faunal distributions.

At the Witte Museum, I participate in the acquisition, curation, preparation, and conservation of the fossil, mineral, and rock collections. Provide education and expertise in paleontological resources for students, educators, and the general public through museum exhibitions, public education, and scientific lectures. Conduct field- and laboratory-based research that expands the scientific understanding of fossil vertebrates. Presenting original research findings through national and international outlets, such as meetings and peer-reviewed publications. Assist in student (both undergraduate and graduate) research and education.