My Previous Projects


        This is only a listing of the major projects I have worked on outside of classes. The projects are summed up in a couple of lines and a few images to show what was done. This is not meant to be the all encompassing project, just a little snippet of it. Any questions on the projects feel free to email me (email on bottom of page).


2001 - 2002


Lehane, J.R.  and Over, D.J. 2002. Canid and rodent scavenging on Pleistocene cave bear: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 34 (6); p.150


        This was the first real project that I did. It was for my invertebrate paleontology class but since my professor knew how much I was into vertebrates he let me work on this instead. The goal of the project was to show that scavenging occurred to Pleistocene cave bear bones by comparing it to teeth marks made on pig bones by mice and a dog.


Bear Claw

Pig Bones




















             The pig bones used for chew mark comparisons



Dog Chew SEM Picture



  The cave bear, Ursus spelaeus, front right paw


Mouse Chew SEM Image




















 SEM (Scanning electron microscope) image of dog chew mark


                                                 SEM image of mouse chew mark            


Bear Claw Poster

The poster presented as the GSA convention, 2002


2002 - 2003


Young, R.A. 2003. Recent and long-term sedimentation and erosion along the Genesee River floodplain in Livingston and Monroe Counties, NY. Funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers. pp. 1-40


        This project was funded through the US Army Corps of Engineers and directed by Dr. Young. The purpose was to find different erosion rates along the Genesee River from Mount Morris to Rochester, NY and to discover a cause for faster erosion and possibly a solution. This required several different aspects with the first part including a fellow geology student, Jeff Mortier. The two of us canoed the river between these two cities. All the while mapping the edge of the river with GPS points, measuring the width with a laser distancing tool, and documenting the location with digital photographs. Then using ArcGIS 8.0, I rectified aerial photographs of the river from different years, traced the rivers, and finally included the current river location using the GPS positions.


In the Genesee River


Measuring the height of plants


















Me being used as Dr. Young's pawn and holding a scale

                         for point bar and overbank sediments

         Me and Jeff holding a scale to show tree height along a GPS Local Map

     meander point bar (actually at the B on the map directly below)


GIS River Local Map



















                                  Map created in ArcGIS 8


  The fastest growing meander of the Genesee River. I created the map using

  aerial photographs from the years listed and overlying them using "permanent

  structures" as anchor points like roads and buildings. Then the river was traced

  over with the black line representing the most recent location.







One small section on the river showing the GPS locations.

                 Note the location of the points around 334. The edge of the

                            river is not even near where it is on the map.


2003 - 2005


Lehane, J.R. 2005. Anatomy and relationship of Shuvosaurus, a basal theropod from the Triassic of Texas. Masters Thesis Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.


Click here to download a copy of my thesis


        So essentially my thesis project involved rebuilding a skull attributed to the dinosaur Shuvosaurus inexpectatus. The skull first needed to be taken apart, cleaned and undistorted. These pieces then needed to be cast and their mirror images needed to be created since only 1/2 the skull remained. Then some of the missing pieces needed to be created using closely related animals as a template.


Back half of Shuvosaurus skull

Casting the skull

















Part of the process of casting the bones. They need to be coated in

rubber in 2 parts with clay covering the part not being duplicated.

                 The back half of the reconstructed skull.

Top view of the Shuvosaurus Skull


All the Shuvosaurus bones





















View of all the actual bones after they were cleaned and pieced backed together.                                                     


The completed reconstruction dorsal (top) view



Lateral view of Shuvosaurus Reconstruction


















Comparison of the lateral view of the pre-reconstructed skull (left) and the post-reconstructed skull (right). The outline of the right skull is also the background for the website