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Professor of Geological Sciences and, by courtesy, of Biology

I received my B.A. in Geosciences from Williams College in 1997. After graduation, I spent two years working as a high school math and science teacher. I then returned to graduate school, earning my Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in the spring of 2005. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Penn State, I joined the faculty at Stanford University in the fall of 2005. My research addresses the relationship between environmental change and biological evolution in the fossil record, with a focus on mass extinction events and long-term trends in the ecological structure of marine ecosystems. I teach courses for undergraduates in historical geology and invertebrate paleobiology and courses for graduate students in carbonate sedimentology, geobiology, and paleobiology.

Ph.D. Student in Geological Sciences
Ph.D. Student in Geological and Environmental Sciences

Xiaowei Li maintains broad interests in marine and lacustrine sedimentology, stratigraphy, and geochemistry. His current research is primarily focused on outcrop-based studies of reservoir-scale heterogeneity in carbonate platform architecture and porosity, dolomitization processes, and numerical modeling of stratigraphy and diagenesis.

Graduate Visiting Researcher Student, Geological Sciences
Ph.D. Student in Geological Sciences

I am interested in the evolution of insect morphology and ecology in deep time. I occasionally also study ticks, amphibians, and plants.