Eric Lund

Paleontology Lab Manager, Paleontology Volunteer Coordinator

121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • Ph.D. in Biological and Geological Sciences, Ohio University, Athens, (Expected 2021)
  • M.S. in Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 2010
  • B.S. in Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 2004

Research Interests

Eric is interested in the paleobiology and functional morphology of ceratopsian (horned) dinosaurs and faunal evolution in the Western Interior Basin during the Cretaceous Period. He has had the opportunity to conduct paleontological field work in many parts of the United States including Utah, Montana, and North Carolina, and around the world including Mexico, Tanzania and Madagascar. Eric is currently focusing his research around ceratopsid evolutionary morphology and functional anatomy of the skull. He has had the pleasure of being part of the collaborative works naming and describing several genera of ceratopsid dinosaurs including Coahuilaceratops (2010), Nasutoceratops (2013), and Machairoceratops (2016). Eric is currently serving as the lab manager and volunteer coordinator for paleontology department.


  • Lund, E. K., T. A. Gates. 2006. A historical and biogeographical examination of hadrosaurian dinosaurs: pp.263-276 in S. G. Lucus and R. M. Sullivan (eds.), Late Cretaceous vertebrates from the Western Interior. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 35.
  • Lund, E. K., P. M. O’Connor, M. A. Loewen, and Z. A. Jinnah. 2016. A new centrosaurine ceratopsid, Machairoceratops cronusi gen at sp. nov., from the upper sand member of the Wahweap Formation (Middle Campanian), southern Utah. PLOS ONE 11(5):e0154403. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154403
  • Lund, E. K., S. D. Sampson, and M. A. Loewen. 2016. Nasutoceratops titusi a basal centrosaurine ceratopsid from the Kaiparowits Formation, southern Utah. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. doi: 10.1080/02724634.2015.1071265.
  • Sampson, S. D., E. K. Lund, M. A. Loewen, A. A. Farke, and K. E. Clayton. 2013. A remarkable short-snouted horned dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous (late Campanian) of southern Laramidia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280 (1766): 20131186.
  • Gates, T. A., E. K. Lund, C. A. Boyd, D. D. DeBlieux, A. L. Titus, D. C. Evans, M. A. Getty, J. I. Kirkland, and J. G. Eaton. 2013. Ornithopod dinosaurs from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument region, Utah, and their role in paleobiogeographic and macroevolutionary studies; pp. 463–481 in A. A. Titus and M. A. Loewen (eds.), At the Top of Grand Staircase: The Late Cretaceous of Southern Utah. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Loewen, M. A., S. D. Sampson, E. K. Lund, A. A. Farke, M. C. Aguillón-Martínez, C. A. de Leon, R. A. Rodríguez-de la Rosa, M. A. Getty, and D. A. Eberth. 2010. Horned Dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Ceratopsidae) from the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Cerro del Pueblo Formation, Coahuila, Mexico; pp.99–116 in M. J. Ryan, B. J. Chinnery-Allgeier, and D. A. Eberth (eds.), New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Royal Tyrrell Museum Ceratopsian Symposium. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Sampson, S. D., T. A. Gates, E. M. Roberts, M. A. Getty, L. Zanno, A. L. Titus, M. A. Loewen, J. A. Smith, E. K. Lund, and J. Sertich. 2010. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: a new and critical window into the world of dinosaurs. Learning from the land: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Science Symposium Proceedings.
  • D’Emic, M. D., P. M. O’Connor, T. R. Pascucci, J. N. Gavras, E. Mardakhayava, and E. K. Lund. 2019. Evolution of high tooth replacement rates in theropod dinosaurs. PLoS ONE 14(11): e0224734.

Fields of Research