Ancient Life & Environments

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Reconstructing Earth’s past allows us to better understand the present world we inhabit and how the Earth system may change in the future. Using the chemical, sedimentological, and fossil evidence in the geologic record, our students and faculty research how life and environments changed throughout Earth history in order to improve predictions about how today’s environments may respond to future events, both gradual and catastrophic. This knowledge is the foundation for preparing our society for life on an ever-changing Earth.

Faculty

David Bapst

David Bapst

Quantitative Paleobiology, Stochastic Models, Incompleteness of Geological Records

Christina L. Belanger

Christina Belanger

Marine Paleoecology, Paleoenvironments, Climate Change

Franco Marcantonio

Franco Marcantonio

Radiogenic isotope geochemistry, geochemical proxies of climate change

Mike Pope

Michael Pope

Sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, carbonate, siliciclastic

Anne Raymond

Anne Raymond

Paleontology, geobiology