The Plant Evolution, Paleobotany, and Paleoecology Research (PEPPR) Lab run by Prof. Selena Smith studies the paleobiology of plants, including their evolution and their link to climate and environment on broad timescales. We use both modern and fossil plants, and a variety of tools including phytoliths, stable isotopes, tomography, and anatomy to address questions relating to systematics, evolution, ecology, and the Earth-Life system.

I am looking for a PhD student to join the lab for Fall 2021! Are you interested in Cretaceous plants, evolution, and Antarctica? Do you have a good foundation in botany and fieldwork experience? Are you interested in being part of an inclusive and collaborative team? If so, please get in touch about working with me and Brian Atkinson (Kansas University) as part of an NSF-funded grant. See more here.