Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group

at Virginia Tech

Welcome to Paleobiology and Geobiology at VT


May 13th

Paleobiology members graduate from the Geosciences Department at Virginia Tech!

May 17th

The vertebrate group gives presentations at the Bruce Museum on the evolution of Triassic to Jurassic reptiles

May 19th - June 14th

Field work in Tanzania!

July 15th - August 13th

More fieldwork in Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico

August 23rd - 26th

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Calgary, Canada. Get your passports ready!

August 28th

Four new members of the group start!

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: 13 April 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).


     Sterling Nesbitt, Michelle Stocker and a research team introduce a new relative of dinosaurs from the Middle Triassic and Michelle Stocker, Sterling Nesbitt and their colleagues published a paper on the first short-snouted phytosaur. Press or interested parties: here for the press resource page.