Robert Boessenecker

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Gender Male
Industry Science
Occupation Paleontologist
Location Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Introduction I'm currently the Chief Paleontologist at the Charleston Center for Paleontology. I've been here on the east coast for eight years, studying fossil cetaceans from the Oligocene rocks of Charleston, South Carolina, and some of the other vertebrates. Most of my recent research has focused on the study of toothed mysticetes like Coronodon and early odontocetes (dolphins) including xenorophids (e.g. Inermorostrum, Xenorophus), giant dolphins (Ankylorhiza), and spear-toothed dolphins (Waipatiidae). In June 2024 I will be returning to California and starting as the Colclough Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the San Diego Natural History Museum, where I will be studying Miocene and Pliocene baleen whales – and probably a few walruses as well.
Interests Paleontology, Marine Mammals, Marine Vertebrates, Taphonomy, Evolution