Research in paleobiology at the University of Georgia specializes in paleoecology and taphonomy, particularly for protists and marine invertebrates, in settings ranging in age from the lower Paleozoic to the Holocene. Susan Goldstein’s research focuses on the biology and paleoecology of benthic Foraminifera, including reproductive patterns, dispersal, fine structure, taphonomy, and distributional patterns in modern and fossil salt marshes. Steven Holland’s paleobiological research focuses on the influence of sequence stratigraphic architecture on the fossil record and the dynamics of regional perturbations to ecosystems. Sally Walker’s research focuses on the taphonomy of modern and fossil mollusks in relation to evolutionary and conservational paleoecology. Faculty and student paleobiological research sites have recently included the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico, the Georgia coast and other sites on the eastern seaboard, the Appalachians, the mid-continent, and the western Cordillera.

Labs associated with Paleobiology

Location: Room 315 Geology Geography Building, 210 Field Street, Athens, GA 30601

This lab is focused on the identification, analysis, and research of foraminifera.

Location: Room 316/334 Geology Geography Building, 210 Field Street, Athens, GA 30601

Research in the Stratigraphy Lab focuses on the integration of sequence stratigraphy and paleobiology. We use a combination of field work, computer modeling, and multivariate statistics in our work. We…

Location: Room 322 Geology Geography Building, 210 Field Street, Athens, GA 30601

The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) lab primarily supports geological, archeological, and geomicrobiological research and is for student training at the University of Georgia (UGA).

The current XRD…

Personnel

My research focuses on the biology, ecology and paleoecology of benthic foraminifera and their potential application in solving environmental and paleoenvironmental problems. Recent projects include work on salt marsh foraminifera of the southeastern U.S. coast and on foraminiferal life cycles, reproduction, dispersal, and allogromiid…

I am finishing a study on the ecological structuring of newly formed inland seaways, specifically focusing on the Jurassic Sundance Seaway of the western United States. My students and I are developing a regional sequence stratigraphic framework for the basin, investigating the biogeographic sources of the marine organisms that populated this…

Fossil Forensics, Especially Biotic Factors that Affect the Fossil Record of Gastropod Shells Shelf-Slope Trends in Carbonate Preservation and/or Destruction, Gulf of Mexico/Bahamas Experimental Taphonomy in Temperate, Tropical, and Polar Regions Biodiversity of Encrusting and Bioeroding Invertebrates and Protists in Temperate, Tropical and Polar…