The fossil record documents interactions between life and planet over geological timescales. Paleontological research in EARTH is closely linked to the UM Museum of Paleontology, an internationally significant collection of over 3 million fossil specimens and associated support personnel and facilities. UM 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
Mónica Carvalho Paleontology  
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 Primary Affiliation Associated Laboratories and Research Groups
Catherine Badgley   Museum of Paleontology Badgley Lab