Grad student Rosemary Romero sees the similarity between modern algal blooms and a recently proposed explanation for the end-Permian extinction. By studying DNA in microscopic life history stages of coastal marine algae, she hopes to be able to predict when algal blooms are likely to happen.
Grad student Lucy Chang investigates how the morphology of ammonites may have influenced their ability to invade or adapt to North America’s shallow inland sea, the Western Interior Seaway, during the Late Cretaceous.
Grad student Winnie Hsiung looks at pollen both in and around Clear Lake to reconstruct the vegetation from the last interglacial period and to understand how taphonomic processes may affect her results.
Grad student Dori Contreras travels to New Mexico seeking answers to questions about the transitional time at the end of the Cretaceous when fern-gymnosperm forests were replaced by angiosperm-dominated forests.