Lucy Chang, UC Berkeley
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California Museum of Paleontology. I am primarily interested in the spatial pattern of evolution and the ecological drivers of those patterns, particularly at the onset of novel environments. To this extent, I am focusing on the origins of epeiric seaway biota for my dissertation, with a particular eye towards comparing the ecology of that biota with that of their potential source fauna in more open ocean environments.
Emma Locatelli, Yale University
I am a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University studying taphonomy and paleobiology under the guidance of Dr. Derek Briggs. Taphonomy is my primary interest, particularly the preservation of terrestrial cuticle. I am working on a number of projects related to this field, including evaluating rates and patterns of disarticulation in Gecarcinid (land) crabs; examining the preservation of structural and pigment-based colors in insects; and elucidating major controls on the exceptional preservation of plants. My thesis is focused on this last topic – leaf preservation – and I am using integrative experimental and fossil based approaches to answer various questions within this field.