For undergraduate students with research interests
Welcome to the lab!
Since 2010 we have had a diverse body of undergraduate researchers working in the lab, in the UC Museum of Paleontology, and helping out in the field. They found their way to our lab through the Biology Scholars Program (BSP), the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP), the Honors Program, the NIH Bridge Program, the Work-Study Program, or as research volunteer.
Over the years, undergraduate researchers have been significant contributors to the projects carried out in the lab. They joined our graduate students on fossil collection trips, identified, curated, measured and digitized specimens, assisted with data management and data analysis, and conducted experiments, for instance with living plants. We are fully aware of how much you contribute to our research and we appreciate and value you for it. We encourage our undergraduate researchers to utilize the lab space to study and to hang out, not just for research. We would like to strengthen our research community together.
Joining our lab
If you are interested in participating in paleobotanical and/or paleoecological research, please feel free to reach out to us! URAP and BSP recruitment usually happens at the beginning of semesters. You can also contact any of us throughout the semester to discuss potential participation in research.
Kudos to our current and former Undergraduate Researchers
Abigail Fernandes • Adrian Fontao • Alexandra Jones • Allen Tang • Allie Gasparini • Amy Pridnoff • Ana Gallegos Cruz • Anna Gray • Anne Lovell • Awista Ayuby • Bhada Yun • Ben Muddiman • Camille Loria • Christina Fossum • Colin Bos • Denise Hoh • Dhivya Srinivasan • Elizabeth Glover • Elizabeth Rico • Emilee Hall • Emma Reich • Ethan Schlatter • Eye (Nannaphat) Sirison • Faiz Kusumo • Grant Nguyen • Gregory Bulpitt • Hae Lin Kim • Hamuthal Cohen • Helena Park • Henry Thomas • Isha Mahajan • Jaemin Lee • Jake Martin • James Buckel • James Saulsbury • Jasmin Thai • Jerry Lin • Jessica Ramirez • Jonathan Vangay • Joseph Maa • Joseph Zhai • Josie Christon • Kathleen Lee • Kayla Friedrichsen • Kelly Morgan • Kelsey Maher • Kevin Kim-Hak • Kore Lum • Lan Wei • Lily Chu • Lorianne Burns • Mary Grace Perez • Meriel Melendrez • Michelle Hao • Nabhan Kamal • Nathaniel Solley • Negin Sarrami • Nicolas Locatelli • Ole Jørgen Thue Holthe • Peng Wang • Phuong-Lan Nguyen • Riya Tandon • Rebecca Shirsat • Reina Ayala • Reine Ngnonsse • Robert Stevenson • Rodney Owen • Roma Uy • Ronda Richardson • Ryan Tang • Sam (Yingshan) Bi • Sara Zlotnik • Sherry Liao • Shuanger Li • Stephanie Ranks • Suhas Nareddy • Sunita Bohara • Sydney Booth • Taehee Han • Tanmayi Patharkar • Tony Huynh • Tsaichin Lee • Tyner Pesch • Valerie Roque • Victoria Chu • Vishruth Venkataraman • Yoon Lee
Awista Ayuby, Kathleen Lee and Robert Stevenson testing one of the hundreds of paper models of autorotating, flying conifer seeds that they built. The models were based on a range of winged seed morphologies found in Permian, ~270-million -yr-old fossils. They used the models to assess flight characteristics of various seed shapes at different wing loadings, using high-speed cameras.