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Research & Collections Leadership
Senior Vice President, Research & Collections
Dr. Luis Chiappe is the Senior Vice President of Research and Collections, as well as the Director of the Dinosaur Institute. His expertise is centered around the evolution of archosaurs, a group of reptiles that includes crocodiles, pterosaurs (flying reptiles), dinosaurs and their descendants, the birds. One of the core programs of his research is the origin and early evolution of birds. Together with his students and associates, he has documented the existence of numerous species of Mesozoic birds and nonavian theropod dinosaurs, and has provided detailed analyses of their genealogical relationships. Another important program of his research activities deals with the reproductive behavior and development of sauropod dinosaurs. Furthermore, Dr. Chiappe is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and a Fellow of both the John Simon Guggenheim and the Alexander Humboldt Foundations.
Associate Vice President, Research & Collections
Dr. Joel W. (Jody) Martin joined the Natural History Museum in 1988. A native of Kentucky, he received his degrees in biology from the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Florida State University. Dr. Martin is also an adjunct professor at both USC and UCLA, where he occasionally teaches and oversees graduate student research. His research interests include the morphology (form, function, and adaptation), natural history, and evolutionary relationships of crabs, lobsters, shrimps, and their many relatives in habitats all over the world. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and books and is well known nationally and internationally as an expert on the Crustacea. His work includes studies on the animals inhabiting deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps, and he is a world authority on the identification and biology of crustaceans at these bizarre and remote habitats. Dr. Martin is also an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.