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Lauren Lyon

Research Interest

Geospatial Analysis, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Mammalian Ecology, Vertebrate Paleontology, Biogeography

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Degree Pursuing



East Tennessee State University, M.S. Geoscience, 2017

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.S. Biology, 2015


Though enthralled with mammals, my spare time is often spent in Cherokee National Forest hiking with my pet turkey, and photographing the native fauna and flora of all taxa. I am also an avid diver and enjoy snorkeling in the local rivers to observe and photograph fish diversity. Other times, I can be found unwinding at Zoo Knoxville photographing the various mammals, particularly the red pandas.


My dissertation broadly focuses on climate change and distribution of Appalachian mammals of conservation concern. Additional research involves comparative anatomy studies and osteological work on carnivorans both extinct and extant through the Gray Fossil Site.

Awards and Recognitions

The Kincaid Mills Gift Fund through the East Tennessee State University Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology
An award to fund an exemplary paleontology student to dig at the Gray Fossil Site for the summer field season.
Awarded for the summer of 2015 and 2016


Doughty, E.M., Wallace, S.C., Schubert, B.W., Lyon, L.M. 2018. First occurrence of the enigmatic peccaries Mylohyus elmorei and Prosthennops serus from the Appalachians: latest Hemphillian to Early Blancan of Gray Fossil Site, Tennessee. PeerJ. 6:e5296

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