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Evan Thomas Saitta

Research associate, University of Bristol

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Has about a decade of field experience excavating dinosaurs, as well as many years of prep-lab experience. Attended Princeton University from 2010-2014, earning a bachelors degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Adviser: Dr. James Gould). Undergraduate thesis was entitled "Paleobiology of North American stegosaurs: Evidence for sexual dimorphism". Masters thesis in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol in 2015 was entitled "The taphonomy of keratin in archosaurs" (Adviser: Dr. Jakob Vinther). PhD thesis in Geology at the University of Bristol in 2018 was entitled "The taphonomy of soft tissues and the evolution of feathers" (Advisor: Dr. Jakob Vinther). Currently a research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Integrative Research Center), after having completed a post-doc with Dr. Peter Makovicky there.


  • 2020–present
    Associate research scientist, Field Museum of Natural History
  • 2018–2020
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Field Museum of Natural History


  • 2018 
    University of Bristol, Ph.D. in Earth Sciences
  • 2015 
    University of Bristol, M.Sc. in Palaeobiology
  • 2014 
    Princeton University, B.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Palaeontological Association
  • Paleontological Society