The unparalleled collections and ongoing excavations at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum offer countless opportunities for students to conduct independent research related to paleobiology, ecology, evolution, and global change.  I am open to a wide variety of projects, and am particularly interested in taking on students who wish to capitalize on Rancho La Brea's heretofore understudied microfossil collections -- the plants, insects, mollusks, small mammals, birds, and herpetofauna -- to contribute to our understanding of ecological processes and changes related to climate dynamics and human impacts.


Currently Accepting:

Postdoctoral applicants

Graduate students (co-advised)

Undergraduate students (guided independent research and thesis projects)

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La Brea Tar Pits Field School

A month-long, intensive training program in paleoecological theory, excavation, fossil preparation, collections management, museology, and science communication.


Past Courses Taught

General Biology (U.C. Berkeley)

Field Ecology Section for General Biology (U.C. Berkeley)

Paleontología de Vertebrados - Teoría y Metodología (Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena, Ecuador)

Introducción a la Evolución y Paleontología de Vertebrados (Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena, Ecuador)

Uruguay en la Era del Hielo (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Uruguay)

Extinctions - Big and Small (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)

Marine Mammals (U.C. Berkeley)