UGA Stratigraphy Lab

The data is in the strata

About the UGA Stratigraphy Lab

Research in the Stratigraphy Lab focuses on the integration of sequence stratigraphy and paleobiology. We use a combination of field work, computer modeling, and multivariate statistics in our work. Our current focus is on the stratigraphic paleobiology of nonmarine systems. Some of our recent field areas have focused on mammals in Neogene extensional basins of Nevada, plants in the Pennsylvanian Breathitt Group of Kentucky, and vertebrates in the Triassic Chugwater Formation of Wyoming, the Cretaceous Cloverly Formation of Wyoming, the Cretaceous Judith River Formation of Montana, and the Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation of North Dakota. These projects center around three main topics:

Students interested in combining interests in stratigraphy and paleobiology are encouraged to apply for admission. Field and research experience is a plus. Financial aid is available for qualified students. Most graduates continue on to careers in academia and the petroleum industry (about evenly split), and a few are now employed in museums or K–12 teaching.

If you are interested in applying for graduate or postdoctoral studies and have an interest in the sequence-stratigraphic architecture or paleobiology of nonmarine systems, please contact Steven Holland at