Areas of Expertise:
- Intraspecific, Interspecific and Ontogenetic Variation in Dinosaurs: how dinosaurs are different between and within species, how they change as they grow up.
- Dinosaur Systematics and Evolution: how dinosaurs evolved over time and how they are related to each other.
- Cretaceous Paleoecology, Paleobiogeography, and Diversity: changes in the animals and ecosystems of the Cretaceous.
- Radiation, diversity and evolution of the horned dinosaurs and their predators the tyrannosaurs.
- Communicating Science to students and the public.
Mark Loewen, paleontology research associate, has been with the Museum since 2000 and has been instrumental in implementing the research functions of the department. With several research foci based on the rich collections, Mark has helped secure nearly $300,000 in grants to facilitate a better understanding of dinosaurs and the world they lived in. He has participated in field research in such areas as the Green River Formation, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah; the intermountain west, Mexico, Madagascar, Kenya, among many others.
Loewen has published over 50 articles, papers and abstracts on his work and has presented at symposiums around the country. He has extensive teaching experience, beginning his career as a high school teacher in 1995, served as a graduate teaching assistant, and since 2004 has been an instructor for the University of Utah's geology and biology departments, teaching entry to advanced courses including the popular World of Dinosaurs class. He is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics and Biology at the University of Utah.
Mark served as one of the scientific consultants to the design team for the Past Worlds gallery, one of nine galleries featured at the Museum. He also has been a consultant for several projects, including the film Jurassic Fight Club for the History Channel, the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center, and the Dinosaur Expo 2005 for the National Science Museum in Tokyo.
In 2009 Loewen was awarded a Ph.D. in Geology from the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah. He received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for 2008 and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2001. He holds a M.S. Degree in Paleontology from Loma Linda University in California and a B.A. in Chemistry, with a minor in Physics, from Union College in Nebraska.