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Dr Delphine Angst

Dr Delphine Angst

Dr Delphine Angst
BSc, MA, PhD

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Area of research

New insights into the ecology of the dodo using a multidisciplinary approach

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Summary

My research focuses on the paleobiology and the paleoecology of the large terrestrial fossil birds, using a mutlidiciplinary approch. I am more specifically interested on the determination of the diet, the locomotion, the reproduction, the sexual dimorphisme and the population structure. To this end, I use a large range of tools, including the fnite element analysis, the bone histology , the isotope geochemistry and the morpho-functional approache. I had the opportunity to work on a large number of fossil birds, from several contries and age, including a large late cretaceous bird from France named Gargantuavis, the large south american flightless birds Phorusrhacidae, or Gastornis known during the Tertiary mainly in Europe and north america. My current research project focus on the famous dodo, truing to reconstruct its ecology and biology.

Biography

2018-2020 : Marie Curie postodctoral fellow at the University of Bristol

2017-2018 : Temporary position of Researcher and Teacher in the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement de Gif-sur-Yvette, CEA-CNRS UMR 8212, under the supervision of Valérie Daux. Here I continue to study the climatic variations during the last decades in Greenland, using stable isotopes (Carbon and Oxygen) in tree rings.

2015-2017: Post-doctorate in the Biological Sciences Department in the University of Cape Town, South Africa under the supervision of Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy. Study of the bone histology of modern guinea fowl bony crests, in order to establish a growth model of the bony crest, which would allow extrapolation to the fossil record. In addition, I am involved in a project with Anusuya Chinsamy, Lorna Steel and Julian Hume on the first bone histology of the Dodo, in a project about comparative histology on giant ground fossil birds with Anusuya Chinsamy and Aurore Canoville and in a bone histology study of Aepyornis with Anusuya Chinsamy, Aurore Canoville and Ursula Göhlich.

2014-2015: Temporary position of Researcher and Teacher in the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement de Gif-sur-Yvette, CEA-CNRS UMR 8212, under the supervision of Valérie Daux. Here I studied climatic variations during the last decades in Greenland, using stable isotopes (Carbon and Oxygen) in tree rings.

2011-2014 : PhD inthe Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon ; Terre, Planète et Environnement, CNRS UMR 5276, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1- Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, supervised by Christophe Lécuyer, Éric Buffetaut and Romain Amiot.

PhD Title: Successors of dinosaurs? Palaeobiology and palaeoecology of giant ground birds of the Late Cretaceous and Paleocene. Study of the paleaobiology and the palaeoecology of Gastornis, a giant ground bird from Europe, North America and Asia, using a multidisciplinary approach, including morpho-functional studies, geochemistry and comparative anatomy

2009-2011 : Master inSystématique Evolution Paléobiodiversité (SEP) in Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris-MNHN.

Teaching

Teaching associated with the Temporary position of Researcher and Teacher — Sept. 2017-Aug. 2018, Université Versailles-St-Quentin, 192h, full-time: work methodology, tectonic, internal geology, geology, paleontology, hydrology, carbon cycle, terrestrial environments, geology of France, climate modeling.

Teaching associated with the Postdoctorate in Cape Town — Sept. 2015-Aug. 2017, University of Cape Town, 2h30: honors lesson about giant ground birds.

Teaching associated with the Temporary position of Researcher and Teacher — Sept. 2014-Aug. 2015, Université Versailles-St-Quentin, 192h, full-time: work methodology, tectonic, internal geology, geology, paleontology, hydrology, carbon cycle, terrestrial environments, geology of France, climate modeling.

Teaching associated with the PhD — Sept. 2011-Aug. 2013, Lyon 1, 192h in 3 years: cartography, geosciences, evolution, jury for the BCs Student Projects, documentary research.

Keywords

  • Palaeontology
  • birds
  • isotope geochemistry
  • finite element analysis
  • histology
  • paleobiology
  • paleoecology

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