Spencer Mattingly

Doctoral candidate
Primary office:
BI- Dyche Hall


Adviser: Chris Beard
Research interests: The Great Old World Biotic Interchange: mammalian faunal exchange between Africa and Asia at the Oligocene – Miocene boundary; fossil primate systematics; Afrothere systematics
Hometown: Richmond, Kentucky



  • B.S. Biology, Kentucky University, 2015


  • Mattingly, S., Sanisidro, O., Beard, K.C., 2017. A new species of Carpolestes (Mammalia, Plesiadapoidea) from the late Paleocene of southern Wyoming: assessing changes in size and shape during the evolution of a key anatomical feature. Historical Biology.


  • David B. Jones Fellow ($100,000) – funding for the training and development of vertebrate paleontology students at KU. Awarded to K. Christopher Beard, January 2017.

Minor Awards

  • EEB Summer fund ($3500) – 2016, 2017
  • Biodiversity Institute Panorama Grant ($700) – Spring 2017
  • The Association of Earth Sciences Club of Greater Kansas City research grant ($500) – Spring 2017

Current Academic Appointments

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant - Fall 2017

Major Field Experience

  • Two summer field seasons in the Washakie and Bison Basins of Wyoming to collect Paleocene mammal fossils (2015 and 2017).
  • Two summer field expeditions in Jordan, Montana, to help excavate a late Cretaceous T. rex specimen.  

Collections Visited

  • Duke Lemur Center - Division of Fossil Primates (Summer 2017)


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