Research & Published Works

Spring 2020, I passed my comprehensive exams, moving to a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and continued my research.

Fall 2019, I continued my Ph.D. at UNL, working on turning my Master’s research into a manuscript to submit for publication and continuing work on regional paleoecological interpretations. I was invited to be part of an international research group interested in the nature of science in natural history museums. I presented research comparing big-data datasets and their application within my multi-proxy model at SVP this year, which will be in Brisbane, Australia.

SVP Oral Presentation (Poster Version for Department Alumni Research Fair)

Hock, D. and R. Secord. 2019. Comparison of ‘Big Data’ uses in paleoecological multi-proxy models for North American mammalian paleoecological interpretations.

Fall 2018, I am starting my Ph.D. at UNL, with research goals of continuing to refine the model from my Master’s research and apply it to the fossil record. I will also be expanding into museum research and exploring how to teach the process of science in museum settings.

SVP Oral Presentation

Hock, D. and R. Secord. 2018. A taxon-free, multi-proxy model for Miocene North American paleoecological interpretations.

Summer 2018, I defended and graduated with my Master’s in Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Dr. Ross Secord. My thesis focused on building a multi-proxy model based on modern North American mammalian distribution and their traits.

Master’s Thesis

Hock, D. 2018. A taxon-free, multi-proxy model for making paleontological interpretations of Neogene North American mammalian faunas. M.S. Thesis, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

While at UNL, I also continued and expanded my undergraduate research looking at vertebrate species richness across the Miocene-Pliocene boundary at Lothagam in the Turkana Basin, Kenya. In 2017, I presented a poster at SVP and presented an oral presentation at GSA in October.

SVP Poster Presentation and GSA Oral Presentation

Hock, D. 2017. Vertebrate species richness change from the late Miocene to early Pliocene of Lothagam, Turkana Basin, Kenya.

December 2015, I graduated Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science, Magma Cum Laude, in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Paleontology. I also graduated with an Honor’s degree and a minor in Museum Studies. In the fall of 2015, I presented research at SVP and GSA.

SVP and GSA Poster Presentation

Hock, D. 2015. A comprehensive study of key paleoenvironmental changes using major faunal turnovers focusing in the Turkana Basin, Kenya.

During my time associated with MSU, I’ve worked three field seasons at Egg Mountain with Jack Horner and David Varricchio and I am currently doing prep work in the Museum of the Rockies’ paleontology lab for Jack. Even before I started MSU, I was invited by Frankie Jackson to be an intern of MSU’s MSSE Field Class. In 2013, I was in the last group to be a part of MSU’s Department of Earth Sciences International Research Experience for Students trip to Hangzhou, Zhejiang in China where we spent 5 weeks doing research in dinosaur eggs with the Zhejiang Natural History Museum. As a follow-up from our research conducted on Dictyoolithus eggs, I applied and received a USP grant to continue research on samples we brought back from China.

Montana State University Research Celebration Poster

Hock, D., C. K. Bingman, and Z. Reid. 2014. A new occurrence of dictyoolithus eggs from the cretaceous Tiantai basin, Zhejiang Province, China. Montana State University Student Research Celebration