A 350-million-year-old marine
ecosystem in Scotland
Oxypteriscus, an extinct ray-finned fish The earliest shell-crushing ray-fin, Fouldenia, 348 million years ago
|Lauren Cole Sallan, PhD|
Earth and Environmental Science
& Evolution Cluster
University of Pennsylvania
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Now recruiting PhD students for 2015
We are broadly interested in how global events, environmental change and ecological interactions affect long-term evolution (macroevolution) in early vertebrates (half of vertebrate history) and ray-finned fishes (half of vertebrate diversity).
Early Vertebrates, Ichthyology
Mass Extinction, Phylogenetics
Listen to a Palaeocast interview about our research on early vertebrate macroevolution and paleobiology
May 11-13, 2015: Lauren has been invited to speak at the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences 275th Anniversary Symposium, "Palaeontological and Molecular Approaches to Early Vertebrate Evolution," in Uppsala, Sweden.
February 19-21, 2015: Bryan Juarez has been granted a full travel award to attend the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, to be held in Washington DC. He will present his research on diversification trends in the earliest lobe-finned fishes.
January 12, 2015: High school volunteer Jack Stack's book and research is featured in the Michigan Morning Sun. December, 2014: We are now official partners in the NERC-funded project "Tetrapod World: early evolution and diversification." This multidisciplinary, multi-institutional effort involves detailed examination of early Carboniferous sections in Scotland and North England in order to determine vertebrate diversity during "Romer's Gap," the recovery interval following the end-Devonian mass extinction. A phylogeny of living ray-finned fishes
A 310-million-year-old freshwater ecosystem in Illinois
A later shell-crushing ray-fin,
Styracopterus, 340 million years ago