The sediments at Virginia’s Carmel Church Quarry have yielded over 50 fossil species, including whales, sharks, turtles, crocodiles, sea cows, and land animals. We are trying to save these remains before they’re lost to erosion.
We will use DNA extracted from museum specimens of four bird species that went extinct in North America in the Twentieth Century to determine the sizes and distributions of their populations leading up to their final days.
Evolution by natural selection has given rise to societies, altruism, empathy and kindness. Why and how did this happen? We are discovering new insights from a surprising source: the cooperative and intelligent vampire bat.
When the environment changes, why do some species survive and others vanish? We seek answers to this question in the past and present traces left by the four closely related members of the charismatic Callipepla quail.
We’ll gather DNA from village dogs in remote parts of Africa, uncovering ancient genes that have disappeared from bred dogs. These genes will help study dog and human genetic diseases and unravel the history of dog domestication
Sharks are one of the most feared, yet imperiled creatures on our planet. We plan to tag and track sharks with satellite tags to identify their ‘hot spots’ for mating, feeding, and pupping, and to protect them at these sites.