Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group

at Virginia Tech

Welcome to Paleobiology and Geobiology at VT


August 2017

Both Andrew Hawkins and Natasha Bykova successfully defended their PhD dissertations!

October 22-25, 2017

VT Paleobiology at the annual Geological Society of America meeting in Seattle Washington

November 4th, 2017

VT Paleobiology at the Virginia Science Festival. Come see us!

December 2017

Student visits from potential new members


We are looking for visitng researchers of post docs

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, Dr. Xiao, and/or Dr. Stocker and provide the following details:

-Your name

-What research interests you have

-What degree you are seeking


Website updated: 21 October 2017


     The deadline for Geosciences applications is in early January 2018 for fall 2018. Please contact Dr. Xiao and Dr. Nesbitt if you are interested in applying to our research group (to the right).

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