Field Research

Most of our students participate in field-based research during their time at Berkeley. Students are encouraged to develop their own field program and/or to collaborate with other researchers. Current field research includes localities in Africa, Arizona, California, Mexico, Nevada, and New Mexico. Our field projects are done in collaboration with other Berkeley scientists as well as colleagues from Northern Arizona University, The Field Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History.

There are several funding opportunities for field research through the UCMP and the Department of Integrative Biology. Students have also received funding for field work through outside sources including the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the Palaeontological Association, the Jurassic Foundation, the Society of the Sigma Xi, and the National Geographic Foundation.

Research Facilities

Our lab uses a variety of research facilities. The Museum of Paleontology houses a large collection of fossil material in adddition to a reference collection of living vertebrate skeletal material. The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology houses a large collection of living vertebrate material. Comparative botanical specimens are available for paleobotanical studies in the University and Jepson Herbaria. Several members of our lab also use the hard tissue sectioning facilities. These facilities allow us to produce thin sections of bones of various sizes.

The Biosciences Library, on the main floor of our building, houses a huge collection of reference literature. Please consult these websites for more information.

The Department of Integrative Biology
The Museum of Paleontology
The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
The University and Jepson Herbaria
The Bioscience Library