Kirstin Brink

Assistant Professor



Academic Background

Postdoctoral Fellow University of British Columbia (2019)
Ph.D. University of Toronto (2015)
M.Sc. University of Calgary (2009)
B.Sc.  University of Alberta (2006)



GEOL 1400 Time-Trekker’s Travelog: Our Evolving Earth

GEOL 3310 Paleontology

GEOL 4310 Paleontologic Principles 

GEOL 7590 Advanced Paleontology 1
GEOL 7600 Advanced Paleontology 2

Research Interests

I am a vertebrate palaeontologist interested in the evolution and development of teeth and bones, specifically tissue structure and growth rates, and the relationship between structure, growth, and animal ecology. My research involves the use of living animal models to understand how extinct animals grew and interacted with their environment. I have worked with living reptiles (e.g. leopard geckos and green anoles), and fossils of non-mammalian synapsids (e.g., Dimetrodon), dinosaurs (e.g. Tyrannosaurus rex and Hypacrosaurus stebingeri), plants (Cunninghamia hornbyensis), and trackways (Ichniotherium). I use histology, microscopy, Computed Tomography (CT scans), Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Transmission Electron Microscopy to address my research. 

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335 Wallace Building


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