Our research focuses on the evolution of life, from the first unicellular microbes and plankton that contributed oxygen to Earth's early atmosphere to the origin of humans and our ecological footprint on the environment.
We employ interdisciplinary approaches, such as paleontology, sedimentology and biogeochemistry to resolve questions about the ancient past. We study the structure of fossil plants and animals, undertake taxonomic studies, and utilize the diversity and specialized adaptations of past life to interpret and reconstruct ancient ecosystems.
We also aim to answer questions about how ecosystems responded to global crises and how they recovered after catastrophic mass extinctions. Our research addresses climate change through geological time and its relationship to biodiversity changes.
Read about the most recent research news here
Investigating a New Hypothesis for Mass Occurrences of Halorella pedata and Related Brachiopods
Windows into the Evolution and Functional Diversity of Terrestrial Ecosystems Through Time
Causes and Effects of the Permian-Triassic Biotic Crisis Inferred from Continental Margin Sections and Modeling
The deep subseafloor crust is one of the few great frontiers of biology remaining on Earth
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