Welcome to Paleobiology and 

Geobiology at VT

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!


See our Latest Research page for three new papers!


The deadline for Geosciences applications in 2019 has passed. Please contact Dr. Xiao, Dr. Nesbitt and Dr. Stocker if you are interested in applying to our research group for the year 2020 (Join the Lab)


July 21-25, 2019

VT Paleobiology members present at the International Congress of Vertebrate ​Morphology, Prague, Czech Republic

June 23-27, 2019

VT Paleobiology members present at the North American Paleontological Convention, Riverside, California

February 21-22

VT Paleobiology students present at the VT Geosciences Student Research Symposium, Blacksburg, Virginia

January, 2019

Junyao Kang joins the Geobiology Research Group as a PhD Student

January 3-7, 2019

VT Paleobiology members present at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Tampa, Florida

Website last updated: February 26, 2019


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


-Your name

-What research interests you have

-What degree you are seeking