|He received his BSc in Toronto, 1972, his MSc and PhD at McGill in 1975 and 1981. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1999) and a member of the Explorers Club (2001). He received an honorary degree from the University of Calgary in 2008.As a researcher at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Drumheller), he has published more than 140 scientific articles, 85 popular articles and twelve books, focussing on the growth and variation of extinct reptiles, the anatomy and relationships of carnivorous dinosaurs, and the origin of birds. Fieldwork connected with his research has been concentrated in Alberta, Argentina, British Columbia, China, Mongolia, Indonesia, South Africa and the Arctic and Antarctica.
||He is the recipient of the Sir Frederick Haultain Award (for significant contributions to science in Alberta) in 1988; American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Michel T. Halbouty Human Needs Award in 1999, The Michael Smith Award in 2004, the ASTech Award in 2006, and The Alberta Order of Excellence 2010.Since 1986, he has supervised or co-supervised 31 MSc and PhD students at the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, Copenhagen and Saskatchewan. Currently he is supervising 10 students (2 undergrad, 2 MSc’s and 6 Phd’s) at the University of Alberta. He has given hundreds of popular and scientific lectures on dinosaurs all over the world, and is often interviewed by the press.