Lab members and collaborators


Students


photo of Richard Liang and Ben Xie
Richard Liang '15 and Ben Xie '16 (Spring 2014)

Richard (left) and Ben (right) worked on parallelizing the algorithms for estimating the number of pulses in a mass extinction. Richard is majoring in computer science and math, and Ben is majoring in computer science with a minor in statistics.






Linda Gai '14 and Chengying Wang '15 (Summer 2013)
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Linda (far right) and Chengying (second from right) worked on estimating the tempo of the Cambrian explosion. They presented a poster at the Geological Society of America annual meeting (Denver, 2013). Linda is majoring in mathematics with a minor in biology, and Chengying is majoring in mathematics and computer science. At left is the rest of our research group: Adam Maloof (Princeton), Susannah Porter (UCSB), and a friend (Late Jurassic). (Not in photo: John Moore, UCSB.)




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Peter Gao, Strath Haven HS '13 (Summer 2013)

Peter studied the effectiveness of visualizing complex datasets using Chernoff faces. He is currently an undergradute at the University of Chicago.






Ling Zhong '13 (Summer 2011, Spring 2013)
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Ling worked on three projects: (1) assessing the population size of the North Atlantic right whale, one of the most endangered large cetacean species, (2) estimating the number of pulses in a mass extinction, and (3) the effect of incomplete preservation in estimating the incidence of drilling predation on bivalves. She presented a poster at the Geological Society of America annual meeting (Minneapolis, 2011) and the Sigma Xi poster session (Swarthmore, 2011). She is a co-author of two GSA abstracts, a paper in review for Paleobiology, and two others currently in preparation. Ling majored in math and economics and is currently a graduate student in economics at Yale University. At left, she explains her poster to Jason Downs.




photo of Sally Chang Sally Chang '11 (Spring 2011)

Sally did an independent study on extinction selectivity in mass extinctions. She majored in biology and medieval studies and is currently a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas.







Brendan McVeigh '11 and Aaron Zimmerman '11 (Summer 2010)
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Aaron and Brendan worked on confidence intervals for estimating the duration of a mass extinction. They presented a poster at the Geological Society of America annual meeting (Denver, 2010) and the Sigma Xi poster session (Swarthmore, 2010). They are co-authors of a 2012 paper in Paleobiology and a GSA abstract. Brendan majored in math with a minor in physics and will start graduate school in statistics at Carnegie Mellon in the fall. Aaron majored in math and engineering and is currently a graduate student in statistics at the University of Washington.




Brianna Rego, Stanford MS '10 (as second reader; Primary advisor: Jonathan Payne)
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Brianna worked on the evolution of body size in foraminifera and the effect of mass extinctions and recoveries on size trends. She is the lead author of a paper in Paleobiology and a GSA abstract. Brianna earned her PhD in history of science at Stanford University and is now a Research Associate at the Life Sciences Foundation.






Heidi Wong '10 (Summer 2008)
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Heidi worked on two projects: (1) confidence intervals for estimating the duration of a mass extinction, and (2) visualizing complex datasets using Chernoff faces. For the first topic, she presented a poster at the Geological Society of America annual meeting (Portland, 2009) and is the co-author of a 2012 paper in Paleobiology and two GSA abstracts. For the second topic, preliminary results from our work were presented by Steve at the Harvard Quintessential Contributions celebration, and further work is ongoing. Heidi majored in cognitive science with a minor in statistics and is currently a M. Arch student at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University of Michigan.




Dasol Park '10 (Summer 2008)
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Dasol worked on confidence intervals for stratigraphic ranges when recovery potential is non-uniform. He presented posters at the Geological Society of America annual meeting (Houston, 2008) and the Sigma Xi poster session (Swarthmore, 2008). He is a co-author of two abstracts and a paper currently in preparation. Dasol majored in math and computer science and currently works in investment management.




Libin (Geoffrey) Sun '10 (Summer 2008)
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Geoffrey worked on Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithms for estimating extinction levels in the end-Permian extinction. He presented posters at the Geological Society of America annual meeting (Houston, 2008) and the Sigma Xi poster session (Swarthmore, 2008). He is a co-author of an abstract and a paper currently in preparation. Geoffrey majored in math and computer science and is currently a graduate student in computer science at Brown University. At left, he explains his poster to Tom Rothfus.




Michael Karcher '07 (Summer 2006, Summer 2007)
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Mike worked on Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithms for estimating extinction levels in the end-Permian mass extinction. He presented posters at the Geological Society of America (Philadelphia, 2006), the Joint Statistical Meetings (Salt Lake City, 2007), the Smithsonian-UPenn Geobiology Symposium (Washington, DC, 2007), and the Sigma Xi poster session (Swarthmore, 2007). He is the co-author of two abstracts and a paper currently in preparation. Mike majored in math with a minor in English. He is currently a graduate student in statistics at the University of Washington.




David Chudzicki '07 (Summer 2007)
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David worked on confidence intervals for stratigraphic ranges when recovery potential is non-uniform. He is a co-author of a paper in Paleobiology and another paper currently in preparation. David majored in math with a minor in linguistics. He earned an MS in mathematics from the University of Chicago and currently works as a data scientist in the predictive modeling and analytics industry.





Current and former collaborators


Ken Angielczyk, Field Museum (below)

Richard Bambach, Smithsonian

Steve Brusatte, University of Edinburgh

Andy Bush, Connecticut

Peter Dodson, UPenn

Phil Everson, Swarthmore

Seth Finnegan, Berkeley

Jessica Todd Harper, Swarthmore

Andrew Knoll, Harvard

Michal Kowalewski, Florida

Graeme Lloyd, Oxford

Charles Marshall, UC Berkeley

Adam Maloof, Princeton

Dan McShea, Duke

Phil Novack-Gottshall, Benedictine U.

Sophia Passy, Texas-Arlington

Jon Payne, Stanford (above)

Susannah Porter, UC Santa Barbara

David Roberts, University of Kent

Peter Roopnarine, California Academy of Sciences (left)

Ellen Schaal, Stanford

Andrew Solow, Woods Hole

Working group on body size macroevolution and macroecology, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center




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