Undergrad Research – Microinvertebrate Paleontology

The research in the Wilson lab focuses on the evolution of mammals across the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction event, one of the most critical points in the history of mammals. We are also interested in the dramatic evolutionary and ecological radiation of mammals that followed the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs. The research involves careful systematic and functional study of mammal fossils, mostly teeth and jaws.  For information, please see our website:  http://protist.biology.washington.edu/GPWilson/Research.htm.

We are currently looking for qualified undergraduate students to participate in various projects associated with this research. Initially, students will be trained in basic tasks including picking through fossiliferous sediment samples for microvertebrate fossils and sorting fossils by taxa. Students that progress in the lab may have the opportunity to learn more advanced skills, such as databasing and GIS, or perform independent research in the lab and possibly the field. Applicants should have a strong interest in paleobiology, evolution, and/or mammalogy that is demonstrated by coursework or otherwise. Research work in the lab can be applied towards upper level credit (BIOL 499). To apply, please send your resume or CV, and your statement of interest to our lab manager, Shelly Donohue at donohue.shelly@gmail.com.