Students in our lab generally study topics related to major adaptations in vertebrate history, incorporating functional, phylogenetic, and other lines of evidence. Current research involves the evolution of major features in dinosaurs and their relatives, turtle evolution and morphology, developmental patterns in amniotes, evolution of sauropod pneumaticity, the emergence of tetrapods, the evolution of sexual dimorphism, and evolutionary changes in bone histology. Our principal interests apart from science include music, history, philosophy, baseball, football, hockey, and cooking.  Oh, and off the wall humor.

We seek graduate students who want to ask integrative questions about the life of the past, particularly regarding Mesozoic vertebrates. Our students are well supported, and have a guarantee of at least five years of support from research associateships, curatorial assistance, and graduate student instructorships, in addition to any outside fellowships that the students may be awarded. New graduate students, whether with strong biological or geological background, are highly encouraged to work on topics related to vertebrate paleontology and evolution. For more information about graduate work, look up the Department of Integrative Biology.


KEVIN PADIAN - more information

Major changes in the evolution of vertebrates

Katherine Brakora

Katie Brakora - more information

Sexual dimorphism and morphometrics of Bovidae

Randall Irmis

Randall Irmis - more information

Early Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate ecosystems

Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

Functional morphology and paleoecology of basal tetrapodomorphs

Sarah Werning

Sarah Werning - more information

Bone histology and growth in amniotes


Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee, PhD 2007 - more information

Postdoctoral Instructor
College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University

Johan Lindgren, Postdoc 2006-2007 - more information

Researcher, Department of Geology, Lund University, Sweden

Jacqueline Moustakas

Jacqueline Moustakas, PhD 2007 - more information

Postdoctoral Researcher, Hlusko Lab
Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Mathew Wedel

Mathew Wedel, PhD 2007 - more information

Instructor, University of California, Merced

Kenneth Angielczyk, PhD 2003

Assistant Curator of Fossil Mammals, Field Museum of Natural History

Benjamin Matzen, MS 2003

Paleontologist, LSA Associates

James Parham, PhD 2003

Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences

John Hutchinson, PhD 2001

Lecturer, Royal Veterinary College, UK

Ryosuke Motani, Miller Postdoctoral Researcher 1998-2000

Associate Professor of Geology, University of California, Davis


Lab Phone: 510-642-7434
Grad Student Phone: 510-643-2109
Fax: 510-642-1822

Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
3060 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-3140


UC Museum of Paleontology
University of California, Berkeley
1101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-4780