You can download a PDF of my CV here: Curriculum Vitae 2019

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming working with my advisor Dr. Mark Clementz to study the paleoecology of awesome animals like sloths, wolves, and crocodiles (oh my!) using things like dental microwear, stable isotopes, and other methods. I have a number of projects going at the moment including:

  • Using stable isotope analysis to improve our understanding of tree and ground sloths

  • Examining pack dynamics of modern wolves via dental microwear textures

  • And assessing fossil crocodylian breeding habitats by quantifying tooth fossils

Folks who donate to my research (see below) will receive occasional email updates about all of these projects and more!

Interested in having me come give a talk? Get in touch with the Contact Me page!

Sometimes the only way to get your research subject is to go out in the forest and grab them.

I completed my Masters of Science in 2012 at Vanderbilt University (my thesis) and before that I double-majored in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Geology at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009. 

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Doing research costs money. If you would like to donate a few dollars towards helping me complete my various research projects I would be extremely grateful! Any and all funds will be used solely for research and research related activities. As a brief token of appreciation, I will send all donors occasional research updates and news. You can learn more about how to support my researcher here, or click below to donate directly:

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Invited Talks:

  • Haupt, R.J. 2018. Applying paleontological proxy methods to modern sloths: What can the odd mammal out teach us about their even odder fossil relatives? Geological Society of Washington invited speaker.

  • Haupt, R.J. 2018. (Paleo)ecology of extinct and extant sloths: Lessons learned from treating cryptic animals as if they were already fossils. Dickinson College Department of Earth Sciences paleontology class guest lecture.

  • Haupt R.J. 2018. Dissecting Jurassic Park’s Dinos: Playing along with pop culture to foster  more positive public perceptions of science. Dickinson College Department of Earth Sciences seminar series.

  • Haupt, R.J. 2018. The Wild and Wonderful Sloths of WV: Using paleontological techniques on modern sloths to better understand their extinct relatives. National Youth Science Camp invited lecture.

  • Haupt, R.J. 2017. How a US President conspired to make me a paleontologist: And what I’ve learned since. National Youth Science Camp invited lecture.

  • Haupt, R.J. 2017. Abominable mythical monsters and indomitable adaptable science. Wyoming Humanities Council’s Ignite Laramie Presentations. (Which you can view on YouTube)

    Haupt, R.J., Hastings, A.K., and M.T. Clementz. 2016. Are tiny teeth indicators of a crocodylian nesting ground or juvenile refuge in the Miocene of Panama? 22nd Annual Tate Museum Conference.

  • Haupt, R.J. 2016. Looking in and talking out: Proxy methods to explain how pumas survived the LPE and how to tell the public about it. Ohio Northern University Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences Seminar Speaker Series.

  • Haupt, R.J. 2014. The Big Cats of La Brea: How Pumas May Have Survived the Late Pleistocene Extinction in North America. 20th Annual Tate Museum Conference

  • Haupt, R.J. 2014. Dental Microwear of Modern Xenarthran Dentin and Implications for Fossil Paleoecology. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Center for Tropical Paleontology and Archeology invited Paleotalk.

Abstracts and Presentations:

Staring down a potential research subject.