Victoria Arbour

Brimley Postdoctoral Scholar

121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • Ph.D. in Systematics and Evolution, University of Alberta, 2014
  • M.S. in Systematics and Evolution, University of Alberta, 2009
  • B.S. in Earth Sciences and Biology, Dalhousie University, 2006

Research Interests

Dr. Arbour is one of the world's experts on the armoured, plant-eating dinosaurs called ankylosaurs. Some of these dinosaurs evolved a very unusual structure – a tail club. During her MSc and PhD research, she studied the biomechanics of tail club strikes in ankylosaurs, the diversity of ankylosaurs in North America and Asia, and their evolutionary relationships. At the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, she is investigating the evolution of animal weapons: what sorts of selective pressures lead to the origin of weapons in different dinosaurs, and why don't more animals have tail weapons?

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Arbour, V.M., Currie, P.J., Badamgarav, D. 2014. The ankylosaurid dinosaurs of the Upper Cretaceous Baruungoyot and Nemegt formations of Mongolia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 172:631-652.
  • Arbour, V.M., Burns, M.E., Sullivan, R.M., Lucas, S.G., Cantrell, A.K., Fry, J., Suazo, T.L. 2014. A new ankylosaurid dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous (Kirtlandian) of New Mexico with implications for ankylosaurid diversity in the Upper Cretaceous of western North America. PLOS ONE 9:e108804.
  • Bell, P.R., Fanti, F., Currie P.J., Arbour, V.M. 2014. A new "mummified" specimen of Edmontosaurus (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae) with a soft tissue "cock's comb". Current Biology 24:70-74.
  • Arbour, V.M., Currie P.J. 2013. Euoplocephalus tutus and the diversity of ankylosaurid dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada and Montana, USA. PLOS ONE 7:e62421.
  • Arbour, V.M., Currie P.J. 2012. Analyzing taphonomic deformation of ankylosaur skulls using retrodeformation and finite element analysis. PLOS ONE 7:e39323.
  • Arbour, V.M. 2009. Estimating impact forces of tail club strikes by ankylosaurid dinosaurs. PLOS ONE 4(8):e6738. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006738.
  • Arbour, V.M., Snively E. 2009. Finite element analyses of ankylosaurid dinosaur tail club impacts. The Anatomical Record 292:1412-1426.

Fields of Research