Dr. Ornella Bertrand
Dr. Ornella Bertrand
Wednesday, September 13 - 2017
Digital endocasts with skulls for Ischyromys typus (A and B) and a modern grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis
Digital endocasts with skulls for Ischyromys typus (A and B) and a modern grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis.


A member of Professor Mary Silcox’s lab at U of T Scarborough won top prize from an international paleontology society for her paper exploring rodent brains.

Dr. Ornella Bertrand came first place in the Taylor and Francis Best Student Paper Award for her article First virtual endocasts of a fossil rodent: Ischyromys typus and brain evolution in rodents.

She defended her PhD in 2016 while in Silcox’s lab.

Bertrand, whose past research has also looked at the oldest and best preserved rodent skulls on record, spoke to the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology about the paper and interesting aspects behind the evolution of rodent brains.