Brigid Christison, M.Sc
Below are blog posts, articles, and scientific papers that I’ve written. I’m interested in the intersection of science, gender, and history, and am available to write on any of these topics. Contact me if you’d like to get in touch!
LADY SCIENCE MAGAZINE
The image of T. rex has changed dramatically from when it was first discovered. Everything from its posture, to its silhouette, to its lips has been found to be drastically different from what scientists first thought. Here, I write a short history of T. rex in paleoart, and talk about why there is so much resistance to reimagining the dinosaur through art.
Read the article on LadyScience.com
Lion bros are a unique type of reply guy that cling to stereotypes about lions to back up their belief the patriarchy exists in nature, and another headache for women scientists who post about their work online. Here, I write about the “lion bro” phenomenon and debunk misinformation about lions.
Read the article on LadyScience.com
PalaeoPoems are poetry about topics related to palaeontology, written by scientists through history. PalaeoPoems are a form of science communication (SciComm) and artwork (SciArt). Read some of the work I’ve done for PalaeoPoems:
PalaeoPoems: A digital anthology highlighting a unique form of science communication. (poster presented at CSVP 2021)
What are PalaeoPoems, and why do we study them? (poster presented at ConSciCommCan2020)
I’ve written and edited for every blog post on PalaeoPoems.com, but here are two of my favourites:
In aid of Jamoytius
An apology for becoming a flapper of the advanced age variety
TrowelBlazers is a celebration of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists who have been doing awesome work for far longer, and in far greater numbers, than most people realise. I’ve written short biographical articles on women in palaeontology for TrowelBlazers that have been published or are pending publication.
Alice Wilson, Frances Wagner, Grace Anne Stewart, Helen Belyea
Carrie Barbour (accepted, pending publication)
In highlighting the “her” within HERbarium, this temporary exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery focused on the highly skilled and little-known women who studied botany in the 19th and 20th Centuries in Canada. I was responsible for co-curating the exhibition, editing text that accompanied each exhibit, and writing the introductory plaque positioned at the start of the exhibition.
HERbarium detailed description
Introductory plaque text
CANADA’S FIRST KNOWN DINOSAURS
As a volunteer with the Canadian Museum of Nature, and later as a student researcher, I traced the history of dinosaur collecting expeditions in the Canadian West during the late 1800s. I identified and catalogued historical specimens, and determined that some of the specimens were collected before their species were even named. This scientific article was published in the Journal of Earth Sciences History in 2020, and represents 6 years of collaborative research.
Read the article here.
Media: Carleton Biology; Carleton Newsroom; Canadian Museum of Nature
CARNIVORES AND CREODONTS OF EOCENE SASKATCHEWAN
My undergraduate research focused on determining the niche of two closely-related groups of carnivorous mammals based on their tooth morphology. It has long been hypothesized that carnivorans out-competed creodonts, leading to the creodont extinction in the Miocene. I looked at species that co-existed at a locality in southern Saskatchewan, and found that the creodonts were far too large to be threatened by competition with carnivorans.
This manuscript has been submitted to the Journal of Mammalogy and is undergoing revisions.
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2018 poster
Read my Undergraduate thesis here.