Joshua Slattery was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming and received a BS in Geology and a minor in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. He became interested in paleontology and geology during high school when he began to actively collect fossils from the stratigraphic sequences in southeastern Wyoming and northern Colorado. During his time in college, he developed a passion for investigating the biological diversity and paleobiology of Late Cretaceous macroinvertebrate faunas. After graduating from college, he spent one year working for Uinta Paleontological Associates, Inc. of Vernal, Utah, monitoring sites (e.g., gas and petroleum pipelines, coal mines) in Wyoming and Colorado for paleontological resources endangered by energy development. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida working on an NSF-funded project examining the influence icehouse and greenhouse climatic modes have on evolutionary tempo of ammonites and bivalves in contrasting depositional settings (e.g., foreland basin vs. passive margin). In addition to this research, he is also interested in ammonites, inoceramid bivalves, marine faunal dynamics in the Western Interior Seaway and Gulf of Mexico, and shell-bed taphonomy. During his free time, he enjoys fossil and shell collecting, camping, hiking, visiting museums, and traveling.