Paleonet: FW: Open Research Challenge 2020: FossilClean

Shuhai Xiao xiao at
Thu Oct 1 16:02:09 UTC 2020


Opportunities for Students: Co-evolution of Earth and life across the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition: Integrated perspectives from outcrop and drill core


Funded by NSF-FRES (National Science Foundation Frontier Research in Earth Sciences Program), this collaborative project offers multiple PhD graduate research assistantships to support research on the co-evolution of Earth and life across the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition through the integration of geochemical, paleontological, stratigraphic, sedimentological, geochronological, and paleogeographical data from both outcrops and drill cores. Graduate students working on this project will have opportunities to participate in field work in NW Canada, Mongolia, Namibia, and Morocco; to analyze drill cores from South China, Brazil, and Namibia; to study stable isotope geochemistry; and to learn numerical modeling techniques. Students will also have opportunities to interact scientists from eight research groups at six institutions (see PIs list below) as well as the ICDP GRIND-ECT project (

*	Emmy Smith (Sedimentology, Stratigraphy; Johns Hopkins University, <> , efsmith at <mailto:efsmith at> )
*	David Evans (Paleomagnetism; Yale University,, david.evans at <mailto:david.evans at> )
*	C. Brenhin Keller (Modeling; Dartmouth College, <> , brenhin.keller at <mailto:brenhin.keller at> )
*	Kimberly V. Lau (Geochemistry; Pennsylvania State University, <> , kvlau at <mailto:kvlau at> )
*	Alan Rooney (Geochronology; Yale University, <> , alan.rooney at <mailto:alan.rooney at> )
*	Catherine V. Rose (Sedimentology, Stratigraphy; University of St Andrews,, cvr at <mailto:cvr at> )
*	Justin V. Strauss (Sedimentology, Stratigraphy; Dartmouth College,, Justin.V.Strauss at <mailto:Justin.V.Strauss at> )
*	Shuhai Xiao (Paleobiology; Virginia Tech,, xiao at <mailto:xiao at> )

Students who are interested in applying for these opportunities are encouraged to contact PIs listed above.



Best regards,




Dr. Shuhai Xiao

Professor of Geobiology

Department of Geosciences

Virginia Tech

926 West Campus Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061


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