Kenneth J. Lacovara

Kenneth J. Lacovara

Kenneth J. Lacovara, Professor of Paleontology and Geology, and Founding Dean of the School of Earth & Environment

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Dr. Lacovara, a paleontologist and geologist, has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk the earth, including the massive 65-ton Dreadnoughtus, from Patagonia, and the Egyptian super giant, Paralititan. He is a recipient of The Explorers Club Medal, previously awarded to pioneers such as Neil Armstrong, Jane Goodall, and Sir Edmond Hillary. His 2016 TED talk has been viewed by over two million people, and his book, Why Dinosaurs Matter, published by Simon & Schuster, is a winner of the Nautilus Book Prize. Lacovara’s discoveries have landed him three times in Discover magazine’s 100 Top Science Stories of the Year, and he has appeared in over 13 television documentaries. Currently, he is researching the extinction of the dinosaurs. He is the Founding Dean of the School of Earth & Environment, and is Founding Director of the Edelman Fossil Park, where he and his team are building a unique, state of the art museum designed to connect people to deep time, the contingencies of natural history, and the fragility of our planet.

Courses taught:
Dr. Lacovara has taught courses on evolution, dinosaurs, paleoecology, sedimentology, taphonomy, methods of fieldwork, engineering geology, and introductory geology.

Research keywords: dinosaurs, titanosaurs, paleoenvironments, mass extinction, K/Pg boundary, evolution

Dr. Lacovara's research focuses on the discovery, excavation, and study of Late Cretaceous creatures, including titanosaurian dinosaurs, ancient birds, marine retiles, and fishes. Trained in sedimentology, as well as paleontology, he has studied ancient environments and ecosystems in Egypt, Patagonia, the Gobi Desert, the foothills of the Himalayans, and across the United States. Additionally, he leads scientific efforts at the Edelman Fossil Park, where he and his team are using paleontology and geology to help unravel the events that unfolded from the era-ending asteroid impact that ended the time of the dinosaurs and 75% of species on Earth.

1998 Ph.D. Geology, University of Delaware
1988 M.S. Physical Geography, University of Maryland
1984 B.S. Geography, Rowan University
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TED Speaker
The Explorers Club Medal
Science Friday
Simon & Schuster