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Faculty Research 

Our SME faculty both faculty and clinical professors are interested in research in both the Science/Mathematics fields and the Education field.   

Formal research

Dr. Montgomery is a paleontologist, and is completing work on a trilogy of paleoecology papers centered on richly fossiliferous intervals at the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. Each site is located near Lajitas and Big Bend National Park, the region of many of our previous discoveries including the giant Alamosaurus sanjuaneneis that resides in the Perot Museum of Dallas. The first two papers were published in the journal Palaios and the third manuscript should be ready to submit during the first semester of 2017. In association with expert co-authors, this third work details the invertebrate and vertebrate faunas of the ancient Boquillas sea floor.

 

Educational activities

Dr Montgomery’s worked with UTeach Dallas Master Teacher Katie Donaldson in bringing PBL methodologies to his Honors Age of Dinosaurs course.

Additionally, this is folding over into our graduate student research work. 

 

Publications associated with Big Bend and Lajitas

Montgomery, H., and Clark, S., 2016, Paleoecology of the Gaddis site in the Upper Cretaceous Aguja Formation, Terlingua, Texas. Palaios, v. 31, p. 347-357.

Montgomery, H., 2015, Coprolites of predator and prey dinosaurs in the Aguja Formation of Trans-Pecos Texas. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. v. 47, p. 347.

Montgomery, H., and Donaldson, K., 2014, Using problem-based learning to deliver a more authentic experience in paleontology.  Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 62, p. 714-724.

Montgomery, H., and Donaldson, K., 2013, Teaching paleontology and paleoecology in a problem based learning format. Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, p. 314.

Montgomery, H., and Barnes, K., 2012, Paleolimnology of uppermost Cretaceous lacustrine deposits in West Texas.  Palaios, v. 27, p. 386-394.

Montgomery, H., 2012, Mysteries of giant Platyceramus of the Boquillas Formation sea floor. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, p. 30.

Montgomery, H., 2012, A new microvertebrate local fauna in the Aguja Formation, Texas. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, p. 36.

Montgomery, H., 2009, Paleolimnology of two dinosaur watering holes in west Texas. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 41, p. 34

Main, D., Fiorillo, A., Montgomery, H., 2002, New methods in paleontology; GPR mapping and excavation of a titanosaurid (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) bonebed in Big Bend National Park. Geological Society of America, South-Central Section, 36th annual Meeting. Abstracts with Programs, v. 34, p. 10.

Montgomery, H., 2002, A constructivist approach to field geology for science teachers: Geological Society of America, 36th annual meeting, Abstracts with Programs. October, Denver, CO.

Montgomery, H., 2002, Texas science teachers and earth science issues in the Big Bend Region. Geological Society of America, South-Central Section Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, April, Sul Ross University, Alpine, Texas, v. 34(3), p. 10.

Fiorillo, A. and Montgomery, H., 2001, Depositional setting and paleoecological significance of a new sauropod bonebed in the Javelina Formation (Cretaceous) of Big Bend National Park, Texas. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 61st annual meeting, Abstracts with Papers, v. 21, p. 49A, October, Boseman, Montana.

Montgomery, H. and Fiorillo, A, 2001, Depositional setting and paleoecological significance of a new sauropod bonebed in the Javelina Formation (Cretaceous) of Big Bend National Park, Texas. Geological Society of America, 35th annual meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, p. 196, October, Boston, MA.

Montgomery, H., and Barnes, K., 2012, Paleolimnology of uppermost Cretaceous lacustrine deposits in West Texas.  Palaios, v. 27, p. 386-394.

Montgomery, H., 2004, Effective geological fieldwork as part of a graduate program for practicing science teachers. The Texas Science Teacher, v. 33, p. 16-23.

Montgomery, H., 2001, How fast did dinosaurs run? The Texas Science Teacher, v. 30(1), p. 16-19. The Texas Science Teacher, v. 31, p. 28-31.

Main, D. and Montgomery, H., 2000, Paleoecology of a titanosaurid sauropod dinosaur locality within the Javelina Formation of Big Bend National Park. Texas. Geological Society of America, South-central Section, 34th annual meeting, Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America, Meeting: April, Fayetteville, AK, v. 32, p. 34.

Fiorillo, A, Main, D., Bhattacharya, J., and Montgomery, H., 2000, Paleoecological analysis of a Juvenile Titanosaurid locality with the Javelina Formation of Big Bend National Park. National Park Service Research, v. 4.

Main, D., Montgomery, H. Biasatti, D and Bennett, G., 1999, The titanosaurid Alamosaurus sanjuanensis (Sauropoda: Dinosauria) from the Javelina formation of Big Bend, Texas. Geological Society of America, South-central Section, 33rd Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America, v. 31, p. 12, February, Lubbock, TX