Jim I Kirkland


Utah’s State Paleontologist with the Utah Geological Survey. An expert on the Mesozoic, he has spent 41 years excavating fossils across the southwestern US and Mexico authoring and coauthoring more than 80 professional papers. The reconstruction of ancient environments, biostratigraphy, paleobiogeography, paleoecology, and mass extinctions are some of his interests. He has discovered and described 20 new dinosaurs, many fossil fish, and mollusks.

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State Paleontologist

Utah Geological Survey
July 1999
Geological Mapping Program
Issues permits for paleontological research on Utah state lands, keeps tabs on paleontological research and issues across the state, and promotes Utah’s paleontological resources for the public good. http://ugs.academia.edu/JamesKirkland

Adjuct Curator

Natural History Museum of Utah
Curate fossils from Utah Geological Survey field work into collections

Adjuct Assoiciate Professor

University of Utah
Department of Geoscience
Sit on thesis commitees


September 28, 2016
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https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2502 PubMed 27703852

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25 Feb 2015

Yes! The Springdale Sandstone is now accepted as a member of the Kayenta Formation by the Utah Geological Survey and has been mapped as such on all the new Geological Maps for sout...

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09 Sep 2015

Very interesting hypothesis! I'm looking forward to more as you develop your ideas.

28 Feb 2015

Great to see someone working on "bumpames." Certainly in Utah thesy seem to span the ~Valenginian up through the Cenomanian with the "Glyptopsids." I bet there was a great diversi...

27 Jan 2017

Why are cervical half rings considered all from left side and not the right side? Were you unaware of are paper describing Europelta as a Early Cretaceous struthiosaurine nodosa...