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To investigate our hypotheses, members of the Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group collect new data from previously known localities as well as newly discovered localities. Our localities range from near Virginia Tech to places all over the world, from close to civilization to many days from it.

Click on the cameras to learn more about fieldwork in each region

North America

Fieldwork locations include Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and West Virginia. We use these localities to uncover more about vertebrate life during the Carboniferous, Permian, and Triassic periods.

Southern Africa

Fieldwork locations include Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia. Here, we investigate fossils and sedimentology surrounding the earliest animals, and evolutionary patterns during the Permian-Triassic transition.

South America

Fieldwork locations include Argentina and Brazil, answering questions focused around the origin of dinosaurs and the Triassic-Jurassic transition.


Fieldwork locations include China, India, and Siberia. Here, we reveal more about the environment and sedimentology surrounding the evolution of the earliest animals.