Viktor Josef Radermacher
Research Q & A
What’s your hometown?
I’m from George, Western Cape, in sunny South Africa!
How did you get started/what drew you to your area of study?
I just fell in love with forests, oceans, and animals from an early age. And then later learning that all of these things have long, ancient stories totally intrigued me. I wanted to know the ‘origin story’ of life, so studying palaeontology was a natural progression of that curiosity.
What are you currently working on (as supported by the award)?
I am studying herbivorous dinosaurs like Triceratops and Parasaurolophus. These dinosaurs have incredibly weird teeth, and I am trying to tease out the macroevolutionary trends and mechanisms that produced these dental systems.
What will your next steps/research be?
Next I will be digitising the jaws of herbivorous dinosaurs and doing some virtual “palaeo-orthodontics” by retro-fitting missing teeth before moving onto the next step which’ll be quantifying how they wore their teeth down.
What would be the 5 song soundtrack to your research work/What 5 songs do you listen to most while you work?
- Desperate pleasures by Every Time I Die
- Sometimes by Pearl Jam
- Sanctuary by Joji
- Sugar by Made out of Babies
- Wish by Nine Inch Nails