Derek Jason Main, Ph.D.
Derek grew up in Irving Texas and graduated from MacArthur High School. Interested in science, he worked at local North Texas museums over the years; the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science and the Shuler Museum of Paleontology at SMU. While at the Dallas Museum, he worked in the fossil labs and assisted with the Big Bend Alamosaurus project. While at the Shuler Museum, he worked on the Jones Ranch Paluxysaurus project. Derek earned a B.Sc. in Geology from UT-Dallas in 2001 and later a M.Sc. in Geology from UT-Arlington in 2005 with a thesis on Woodbine Formation Stratigraphy, Paleoecology and Paleobiogeography. In recent years he continued his graduate work at UTA with a Ph.D. dissertation supervised by Christopher R. Scotese on Dinosaur Paleobiogeography and Coastal Paleoecology at the Arlington Archosaur Site. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from The University of Texas at Arlington. Derek has taught courses on Earth Systems, Earth History & Dinosaurs at UTA, Physical Geology at Northlake College, and Historical Geology at Tarrant County College. Classroom work aside, he leads his students on monthly field trip excavations to the Arlington Archosaur Site. He is a member of the Geological Society of America, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Dallas & Texas Paleontological Societies. He is a strong supporter of educational programs that bridge the divide between scientists and the public and the preservation of fossil sites that have scientific importance.
Derek Main's Doctoral Dissertation:
Appalachian Delta Plain Paleoecology of the Cretaceous Woodbine Formation at the Arlington Archosaur Site North Texas
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