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Brooks Britt

Associate Professor - Department Chair
Faculty

Office: S-381 ESC

Education


B.S. Geology, Brigham Young University, 1982
M.S. Geology, Brigham Young University, 1987
Ph.D., University of Calgary, 1993

Professional Background

2002 – Current Brigham Young University, Provo, UtahAssociate Professor

1998 – 2002 Stewart Museum, Ogden, UtahDirector

1993-1998 Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, ColoradoCurator of Paleontology

Teaching

Geology 100: Dinosaurs
Geology 101: Introduction to Geology
Geology 103: Life of the Past
Geology 111: Physical Geology
Geology 112: Historical Geology
Geology 586: Vertebrate Paleontology

Dr. Britt: Paleontology
Hands On: Dinosaur Land

Research

A. Early Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation

Fauna, taphonomy and sedimentology
Age (U-Pb detrital zircon), stratigraphy and paleoenvironmental aspects of the formation
Dinosaur National Monument Quarry 16, a brachiosaurid bonebed

B. Late Jurassic Morrison Formation

Analysis and descriptions of new specimens of the heropod dinosaurs Ceratosaurus, and Torvosaurus.

C. Postcranial Pneumatic Bones of the Dinosauria and Other Archosaurs

Articles

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Restoring Protections on Fossil-rich US Lands

November 05, 2021 11:42 AM
An article recently published in nature discusses Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase reserves being reversed, ensuring preservation for further studying. Professor Brooks Britt is a member of the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee and was interviewed for this article.
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Publications

Greenhalgh, S.R., McBride, J.H., Bartley, J.M., Keach, R.W., Britt, B.B., and Kowallis, B.J., 2015, Along strike variability of thrust fault vergence:Interpretation, (2015), Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.1-12.

Chure, D.J., Englemann, G.F., Britt, B.B., Good, T.R., 2014. It’s not your parent's erg deposit anymore: fossil management implications of a paleontological study of the Nugget Sandstone in northeastern Utah. Dakoterra 6:140-154.

Tidwell, W.D., Britt, B.B., Wright, W., 2013. Donponoxylon gen. nov., a new spermatophyte from the Middle to Late Jurassic of Australia and New Zealand. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 196:36-50. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2013.03.008

Owen, A.W., Doyle, P., Harper, D., Britt, B.B., 2012. Corals and other reef builders. Lethaia 45(1):1. DOI: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2011.00297.x

Doyle, P., Harper, D., Owen, A.W., Britt, B.B., 2011. Lethaia Focus. Lethaia 44(1):1. DOI: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2010.00259.x

Carr, T.D., Williamson T.E., Britt, B.B., Stadtman, K., 2011. Evidence for high taxonomic and morphologic tyrannosauroid diversity in the Late Cretaceous (Late Campanian) of the American southwest and a new short-skulled tyrannosaurid from the Kaiparowits Formation of Utah. Naturwissenschaften 98:241-246. DOI 10.1007/s00114-011-0762-7 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00114-011-0762-7

Chure, D., Britt, B.B., Whitlock, J.A., Wilson, J.A., 2010. First complete sauropod dinosaur skull from the Cretaceous of the Americas. Naturwissenschaften 97:379-391. DOI 10.1007/s00114-010-0650-6, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00114-010-0650-6 .

Tidwell, W.D., Ash, S.R. and Britt, B.B., 2010. Oldest known dicotyledonous lianas from the early Late Cretaceous of Utah and New Mexico, U.S.A., Pp. 270-291 in Gee, C.T., ed., Plants in Mesozoic Time: Morphological Innovations, Phylogeny, Ecosystems. Indiana University Press, 373 pages.

Britt, B.B., Eberth, D.A., Scheetz, R.D., Greenhalgh, B.W., Stadtman, K.L., 2009. Taphonomy of debris-flow hosted dinosaur bonebeds at Dalton Wells, Utah (Lower Cretaceous, Cedar Mountain Formation, USA). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 280(1-2):1-22. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.06.004 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031018209002132

Britt, B.B., Scheetz, R.D., and Dangerfield, A., 2008. A suite of dermestid beetle traces on dinosaur bone from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation, Wyoming, USA. Ichnos, 15:59-71. doi:10.1080/10420940701193284 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10420940701193284#.VKLuHP-sY

Rigby, J.K., Blodgett, R.B., Britt, B.B., 2008. Ordovician sponges from west-central and east-central Alaska and western Yukon Territory, Canada. Bulletin of Geosciences 83(2):153-168.

Rigby, J.K., McKinie, M.G., Britt, B.B., 2008. Pennsylvanian sponges from the Bridgeport Formation of Wise County, Texas. Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 82(3): 492-510.

Rigby, J.K., Rohr, D.M., Blodgett, R.H., Britt, B.B., 2008. Silurian sponges and some associated fossils from the Heceta Limestone, Prince of Wales Island, southeastern Alaska. Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 82, No. 1: 91-101.

Greenhalgh, B., and Britt, B.B., 2007. Stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Morrison/Cedar Mountain formational boundary, east-central Utah. In, Willis, G.C., Hylland, M.D., Clark, D.L., and Chidsey, T.C., Jr., editors, Central Utah - diverse geology of a dynamic landscape. Utah Geological Association Publication 36, pp 81-100.

Kowallis, B.J., Greenhalgh, B.W., Sprinkel, D.A., Britt, B.B., 2007. New U-Pb zircon ages from an ash bed in the Brushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation near Hanksville, Utah. In, Willis, G.C., Hylland, M.D., Clark, D.L., and Chidsey, T.C., Jr., editors, Central Utah - diverse geology of a dynamic landscape. Utah Geological Association Publication 36, pp 75-80.

Tidwell, W.D., Britt, B.B., and Tidwell, L.S., 2007. A review of the Cretaceous floras of east-central Utah and western Colorado. In, Willis, G.C., Hylland, M.D., Clark, D.L., and Chidsey, T.C., Jr., editors, Central Utah - diverse geology of a dynamic landscape. Utah Geological Association Publication 36, pp 467-482.

Scheetz, R.D., and Britt, B.B., 2007 Paleontological discoveries of James A. “Dinosaur Jim” Jensen in Central Utah. In, Willis, G.C., Hylland, M.D., Clark, D.L., and Chidsey, T.C., Jr., editors, Central Utah - diverse geology of a dynamic landscape. Utah Geological Association Publication 36, pp 455-465.

Britt, B.B., Scheetz, R.D., Brinkman, D.B., and Eberth, D.A., 2006. A Barremian Neochoristodere from the Cedar Mountain Formation, Utah, U.S.A. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 26(4):1005-1008. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4524652?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Tidwell, W.D., Connely, M., Britt, B.B., 2006. A flora from the base of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation near Como Bluff, Wyoming, USA. In, Foster, J.R., and Lucas, S.G., eds., Paleontology and Geology of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 36: 171-181.

Eberth, D.A., Britt, B.B., Scheetz, R.D., Stadtman, K.L., and Brinkman, D.B., 2006. Dalton Wells: Geology and significance of debris-flow-hosted dinosaur bonebeds (Cedar Mountain Formation, eastern Utah, USA). Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology, 236:217-245.

Senter, P., Barsbold, R., Britt, B.B., and Burnham, D.A., 2004. Systematics and evolution of Dromaeosauridae (Dinosauria, Theropoda). Gunma Museum of Natural History Bulletin 8(1):1-20.

Kirkland, J.I., Britt, B.B., Whittle, C.H., Madsen, S.K., and Burge, D.L. 1999. A small coelurosaurian theropod from the Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation (Lower Cretaceous, Barremian) of eastern Utah. In, Lucas, S.G., (ed), Lower and middle Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 14, pp 239-248.

Kirkland, J.I., Cifelli, R.L., Britt, B.B., Burge, D.L., DeCourten, J.L., Eaton, J.G., and Parrish, J.M., 1999. Distribution of vertebrate faunas in the Cedar Mountain Formation, east-central Utah. In, Gillette, D.G., (ed) Vertebrate Paleontology in Utah, Miscellaneous Publication 99-1, Utah Geological Survey, pp 201-218.

Lockley, M.G., Kirkland, J.I., DeCourten, F.L., Britt, B.B., and Hasiotis, S.T., 1999. Dinosaur Tracks from the Cedar Mountain Formation of eastern Utah. In, Gillette, D.G., (ed.) Vertebrate Paleontology in Utah, Miscellaneous Publication 99-1, Utah Geological Survey, pp 253-258.

Britt, B.B., Makovicky, P.J., Gauthier, J., Bonde, N., 1998. Postcranial pneumatization in Archaeopteryx. Nature, 6700 (395):374-376. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v395/n6700/full/395374a0.html?free=2

Kirkland, J.I., Britt, B.B., Whittle, C.H., Madsen, S.K., and Burge, D.L., 1998. A small coelurosaurian theropod from the Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation (Lower Cretaceous, Barremian) of eastern Utah. In, Lucas, S.G., Kirkland, J.I., and Estep, J.W. (eds.) Lower to Middle Cretaceous non-marine Cretaceous faunas, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 14, p. 239-248.

Tidwell, W.D., Britt, B.B., Ash, S.R., 1998. Preliminary floral analysis of the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in the Jurassic Morrison Formation, west-central Colorado. Modern Geology, 22:341-378.

Britt, B.B., 1997. Postcranial pneumaticity. In, Currie, P.J., and Padian, K., Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, Academic Press, San Diego, pp 590-593.

Britt, B.B., and Stadtman, K.L., 1997. Dalton Wells Quarry. In, Currie, P.J., and Padian, K., Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, Academic Press, San Diego, pp 165-166.

Britt, B.B., and Curtice, B.D., 1997. Dry Mesa Quarry. In, Currie, P.J., and Padian, K., Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, Academic Press, San Diego, p 196.

Kirkland, J.I., Britt, B.B., Burge, D.L., Carpenter, K., Cifelli, DeCourten, B. Eaton, J., Hasiotis, S., Lawton, T., 1997. Lower to middle Cretaceous dinosaur faunas of the Central Colorado Plateau: A key to understanding 35 million years of tectonics, sedimentology, evolution, and biogeography. In Link, P.K., and Kowallis, B.J., Mesozoic to recent geology of Utah. Brigham Young University Geology Studies, 42(2):69-103.

Stucky, R.K., Robinson, P., Britt, B.B., 1995. Helpful fossil hunters. Science 15 September 1995: 1497. DOI: 10.1126/science.269.5230.1497

Britt, B.B and Naylor, B.G., 1994. An embryonic Camarasaurus (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation (Dry Mesa Quarry, Colorado), p. 256-264. In Carpenter, K., Hirsch, K.F., and Horner, J.R. (eds.), Dinosaur eggs and babies. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Britt, B.B., 1991. Theropods of Dry Mesa Quarry (Morrison Formation, late Jurassic), Colorado, with emphasis on the osteology of Torvosaurus tanneri. Brigham Young University Geology Studies,

37:1-72.

Miller, W.E., Baer, J.L., Stadtman, K.L., and Britt, B.B., 1991. The Dry Mesa Dinosaur Quarry, Mesa County, Colorado, p. 31-45. In Averett, W.R., (ed.), The guidebook for dinosaur and tracksite tours: Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.

Miller, W.E, Britt, B.B., and Stadtman, K.L., 1989. Tridactyl trackways from the Moenave Formation of Southwestern Utah, p. 209-215. In Gillette, D.D., and Lockley, M.G., (eds.), Dinosaur Tracks and Traces. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.