Steve C. Wang

San Gregorio State Beach, CA   


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I am a Professor of Statistics at Swarthmore College. I develop statistical methods for studying paleobiology, evolution, and extinction. My primary research areas include mass extinctions, macroevolution, evolutionary trends, and accounting for the incompleteness of the fossil record (the Signor-Lipps effect).

I have also taught at Stanford (in geology) and Harvard, Williams, and the University of Chicago (in mathematics and statistics). In addition to paleobiology, I am interested in data visualization and sabermetrics (baseball analytics). I also compose percussion music for fun.

Opportunities for students: I am planning to have paid positions for undergraduate student researchers this upcoming summer (2019). I am also open to supervising projects on statistical paleontology during the school year for course credit (as a directed reading course). Please email me if you are interested. The preferred prerequisites are Stat 51 and CS 21 (or equivalent), but some combination of Stat 11, Stat 21, Bio 2, or other experience may suffice as well. No paleontology background is necessary. Learn more here about projects and publications by previous students.



Department of Mathematics and Statistics s c w a n g [at] swarthmore [dot] edu
500 College Ave. Twitter: SteveWang251
Swarthmore College (610) 690-5769
Swarthmore, PA 10981