Dr. Pol studies dinosaurs and other fossil reptiles and specializes in understanding their evolutionary relationships using phylogenetics. During the last 10 years, Pol and his research team have explored different regions of South America and discovered fossils of over 20 new species of dinosaurs, crocs, and other vertebrates. Pol has also worked closely with colleagues from the American Museum of Natural History and other institutions worldwide on field expeditions and scientific studies of fossils from South Africa, Madagascar, Colombia, Brazil, Mongolia, and China. He conducted his PhD at the joint program of Columbia University and the AMNH and received his degree in 2005. Since 2006 he has led the Vertebrate Paleontology program at the MEF Museum in Patagonia (Argentina), and he is a research associate of the AMNH Division of Paleontology.