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Mark Loewen

Title: Associate Professor (Lecturer)
College: Mines & Earth Sciences
School / Department: Geology and Geophysics
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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, P.h.D., is a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Utah. He specializes in research on Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs with an emphasis on the taxonomy, evolution and biogeography of meat eating, armored and horned dinosaurs. These include AllosaurusTyrannosaurusAnkylosaurus and Triceratops. Along with colleagues he has named 13 dinosaurs including Lythronax, Kosmoceratops, Utahceratops and Seitaad.

Loewen is Associate Professor Lecturer in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah and teaches the popular World of Dinosaurs and Science in Cinema classes. He conducts research on dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum of Utah where he is a Resident Research Associate. He is also affiliated as a research associate at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Mark received a master’s degree in paleontology from Loma Linda University and a doctorate in Geology from the University of Utah. Loewen has presented his research at research symposia around the world, in public lectures and has appeared on over ten television programs on dinosaurs.