National Geographic
Student Matinee


Courtesy of Ryan Carney

  • April 20, 2018

  • 10 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Regular $5.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Student Matinee

Evolutionary biologist and epidemiologist Ryan Carney is using x-rays and alligators to bring dinosaurs back to life. His work explores the evolution of flying dinosaurs, with an emphasis on the Archaeopteryx, the iconic “missing link” between dinosaurs and birds.

THEMES: biology, technology, birds


Courtesy of Ryan Carney

Ryan Carney


University of South Florida biologist RYAN CARNEY, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., is using innovative technologies to study and teach about dinosaurs and diseases. A professor of digital science, he’s pioneered a course that integrates cutting-edge digital tools—fossil imaging and animation, 3-D printing, and virtual reality—to equip students with the technical skills necessary to become innovators. His work brings extinct creatures “back to life” by reconstructing their anatomy, motion, and original coloration. He also explores big unanswered questions involving the evolution of flying dinosaurs, and uses modeling to help prevent epidemics of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika. Ryan’s research has been published in top-tier journals such as Nature, and featured in the New York Times and popular science books. A five-time National Geographic grantee, Ryan is a 2017 Emerging Explorer and has contributed to National Geographic Learning’s global middle school curriculum.

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