Dave Trexler has worked in the field of paleontology since the early 1970's. He and his family have been heavily involved in dinosaur nesting behavior research (Dave's mother found the very first baby dinosaurs in a nest in the world!), and Dave has worked throughout western North America. He has worked with the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center since its founding in 1995. Dave is a degreed paleontologist, and his graduate work was a treatise on Maiasaura at the University of Calgary. Dave and his crew collected and prepared what was the only known specimen of a single adult individual of that species, and Dave's work is still a desk reference for anyone working on duckbilled dinosaurs.
While growing up on a ranch in rural Montana, Dave became well-versed in the art of welding and iron work. This ability, coupled with his wealth of knowledge concerning dinosaur anatomy, has allowed Dave to supervise and create some of the finest dinosaur skeleton mounts and displays for a number of museums, including TMDC. This is in addition to his numerous publications on dinosaurs and related topics, his most recent being a general audiences book on climate change from a paleontological perspective.
Dave's love of dinosaurs is matched only by his love of flying, and he has spent many hours mapping possible dinosaur-bearing outcrops from the air!
Becoming Dinosaurs: A Prehistoric Perspective on Climate Change Today. Farcountry Press, 2012.
First report on a dinosaur “mummy” from the Judith River Formation. in Carpenter et al, eds., “Horns and Beaks,” Indiana University
Geology and Taphonomy of the BS quarry. in Carpenter, et al, eds., “Thunder Lizards,” Indiana University Press, 2006.
4 chapters in Sage Publications “Encyclopedia of Anthropology”, H. James Birx, Ed., 2006
First report on a long-faced daspletosaur from the Two Medicine Formation, Montana. in Carpenter, et al, eds., “Carnivorous
Dinosaurs,” Indiana University press, 2005.
Two Medicine Formation, Montana: Geology and fauna. in Carpenter, et al, eds., “Mesozoic Vertebrate Life,” Indiana University Press,
The First Bonebed Occurrence of a Basal Neoceratopsian, with New Information on the Skull Morphology of Leptoceratops. Journal
of Vertebrate Paleontology 19 (3) supplement, 1999 (Abstract).
Articulated and Associated Pedal Elements from the Warm Springs Ranch. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 19 (3) supplement,
Hadrosaurid Dinosaur Nest from the Upper Two Medicine Formation, Montana, Suggests Unusual Nest Building Strategy. Journal of
Vertebrate Paleontology 17 (3) supplement, 1997 (Abstract).
Preliminary Work on a Recently Discovered Ceratopsian (Dinosauria: Ceratopsidae) Bonebed from the Judith River Formation of
Montana Suggests the Remains are of Ceratops montanus Marsh. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 15 (3) supplement, 1995 (Abstract).
A Detailed Description of Newly-Discovered Remains of Maiasaura peeblesorum (Reptilia: Ornithischia) and a Revised Diagnosis of
the Genus. MSc. Thesis, University of Calgary, 1995. Unpublished.
A New Specimen of Maiasaura (Reptilia: Ornithischia) from the Two Medicine Formation, Montana, and a Diagnostic Revision of the
genus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 14 (3) supplement, 1994 (Abstract).
Additions to the Liverwort Flora of Naikoon Provincial Park, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. Evansia, 8(3): 74-77,
The Family Radulaceae in North America West of the Hundredth Meridian. Lindbergia 16: 37-43, 1990.
An Annotated Checklist of the Liverworts and Hornworts of Olympic National Park, Washington. Evansia 6(2): 33-52, 1989.