The fossil record documents interactions between life and planet over geological timescales. Paleontological research in EARTH is closely linked to the U-M Museum of Paleontology, an internationally significant collection of over 3 million fossil specimens and associated support personnel and facilities. U-M paleontologists conduct field-, lab-, and collection-based research to investigate the relationships and environmental implications of fossil plants, evolutionary radiation in aquatic vertebrates, the systematics of Mesozoic reptiles, links between topographic relief and diversification, and paleobiology and extinction of Pleistocene megafauna.

Faculty Specialties Associated Laboratories and Research Groups
Tom Baumiller Invertebrate Paleontology, Paleoecology, Functional Morphology. Personal Website
Dan Fisher Vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, proboscidean paleobiology, Quaternary extinctions.  
Matt Friedman Vertebrate paleontology, quantitative paleobiology, phylogenetics, computed tomography.  
Selena Smith Paleobotany, paleoenvironments, paleoecology, plant science, systematics & evolution. Smith Lab
Jeff Wilson Vertebrates, Mesozoic, Gondwana Personal Website
Affiliated Faculty Specialties Associated Laboratories and Research Groups
Catherine Badgley Landscape history and mammal diversityPaleoecology of continental ecosystems, Mammal biogeography,  Badgley Lab
Scott Wing Paleobotany, Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Paleoecology, Plant-based paleoclimate proxies, Fluvial stratigraphy National Museum of Natural History