Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group

at Virginia Tech

Welcome to Paleobiology and Geobiology at VT


September 1

We are looking for new lab members. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in joining our group

October 14-17

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting. Our vertebrate component of the group will be presenting

November 1-4

GSA in Baltimore. Members of our group will be presenting in four different sessions.

January 3-7, 2016

Dr. Stocker will be attending the SICB meeting in Portland, Oregon

January 5, 2016

Application dealine for joining the paleobiology and geobiology group in the geosciences department at Virginia Tech

What we do

From asking questions to disseminating results, the Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group at Virginia Tech explores the breadth of the fossil record using both field-based tools and cutting-edge analytical techniques. Common themes in our research include the origins of major clades, phylogenetic reconstruction, faunal change, extinction, environmental changes, and taphonomic processes.

Our current projects range from understanding the Neoproterozoic fossil record and its paleoenvironmental context to exploring the early evolutionary history of dinosaurs and their relatives. On the following pages are more details about our projects, resources, and the people involved. Welcome!


Contact Dr. Nesbitt or Dr. Xiao and provide the following details:

-Your name

-What research interests you have

-What degree you are seeking


Website updated: 7 September 2015


     The deadline for Geosciences applications is January 5th 2016 for fall 2016. Please contact Dr. Xiao and Dr. Nesbitt if you are interested in applying to our research group (to the right).