Lindsay Zanno is the Head of Paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Assistant Research Professor at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on two major transitions in biotic evolution 1) the transition between carnivorous and herbivorous feeding habits in dinosaurs and their relatives, and 2) the change in the entire ecosystem of North America between the Early and Late Cretaceous.
It is with the ecosystem change that Dr. Zanno bases her field research. The desert of central Utah has been the main focus, where outcroppings of the Cedar Mountain Formation provide an incredible record of ecosystem change prompted by the building of the early Rocky Mountains, the flooding of North America by the sea, and the invasion of North America by dinosaurs and other animals from Asia.
For Shark Tooth Forensics, Dr. Zanno provides a passion for public science engagement, pivotal funding support, and outreach opportunities that underlie the continued success of this citizen science project.