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Paleontology & Paleobiology

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To understand the present and predict the future we need to learn from the past. Ancient tree fossils from a higher-carbon period millions of years ago may help scientists predict how forests will respond to future climates. Similarly, the remains of corals, sponges, snails, and sharks just a few thousand or hundred years old can help reconstruct what tropical reef ecosystems were like before humans — and perhaps aid the conservation of these radically altered ecosystems. Our work at Stanford occurs across multiple time scales, from the oldest fossils in the Proterozoic to modern global change.

Paleontology and Paleobiolog Faculty:

Jonathan Payne

Dorrell William Kirby Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor, by courtesy, of Biology,
Erik Sperling

Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Andrew Leslie

Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and, by courtesy, of Biology
Kevin Boyce

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and, by courtesy, of Earth System Science

Paleontology and Paleobiology Classes: