Join the Lab

Prospective Graduate Students

Applications to the Paleobiology and Geobiology graduate program are submitted through the Virginia Tech Graduate School. For more information regarding the application process, including the Graduate Student Pre-Application, please visit the Department of Geosciences.

Before applying, please contact potential faculty advisors in the program.

Key Dates and Deadlines:

  • Early January is the deadline for submitting an application to the Department of Geosciences

  • April 15 is the deadline for accepting or declining a graduate offer at Virginia Tech

Undergraduate Opportunities

Volunteer in the Paleontology Prep Lab
Current Projects

In this laboratory space, our faculty and students do detailed mechanical preparation of vertebrate and invertebrate fossils using microjack airscribes as well as pinvises using high-quality microscopes and dust collection systems. Our molding and casting capabilities will allow students to learn these techniques as part of their projects.

Tuesday night Prep Night

  • Learn how to clean and conserve the vertebrate fossils that we collect in Arizona, Wyoming and New Mexico from the Triassic Period (~215 million years ago)

We welcome students who are interested in doing undergraduate research and lab volunteers. 

Contact Dr. Nesbitt, Dr. Xiao, or Dr. Stocker to learn how to get involved.