In the news

July 4, 2017

The Pierce lab was recently in Nova Scotia doing fieldwork as part of Stephanie's 'in the footsteps of Romer' expedition grant. Our hard work made the front page of the Chronicle Herald and an online version is avaliable. Further, Stephanie was in the ...

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Phil Progresses to PhD!

May 15, 2017

Congratulations to Phil Lai who today passed his PhD qualifying exam! Great work, Phil!

Postdocs available!

March 3, 2017

The Pierce Lab is looking to hire 1-2 AMAZING postdocs in Evolutionary Vertebrate Anatomy!

If interested, please get in touch with Stephanie ( to discuss your application.

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DDIG take over!

January 16, 2017

Amazing DDIG success in the lab! Both Brianna McHorse and Zach Morris were awarded NSF DDIG funds to support their graduate research. Congratulations!!!!

Brianna McHorse was awared funds by NSF DEB Evolutionary Ecology cluster. Her proposal was titled: Macroevolutionary drivers of digit reduction in fossil horses.

Zach Morris was awarded funds by NSF DEB Phylogenetics Systematics cluster. His proposal was titled: The evolution of crocodylian cranial development.

What a way to start the year!

Undergrad research

January 7, 2017

Congratulations to Abba Parker and Lorena Benitez for presenting their undergraduate research at the 2017 SICB meeting in New Orleans! Abba presented her work on niche partitioning in fossil horses and Lorena discussed the evolution of vertebral morphology in mammals. Well done!


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Katrina fellowship news

December 16, 2016

Massive congratulations to Katrina Jones for being awarded an American Association of Anatomists Postdoctoral Fellowship! Katrina will use her fellowship to continue research in the lab on our synapsid vertebral evolution project. Fantastic!

Welcome to Preprints

October 29, 2016

Recently, Stephanie submitted a new manuscript to PeerJ Preprints*, while the paper is under peer-reveiw. This is the first time the lab has submitted a preprint, but so far it has been a great experince; the manuscript has already been viewed 512x and has been downloaded 98x! Check it out at the following link:

Virtual reconstruction of the brain and sinuses of the early Jurassic marine crocodylomorph Pelagosaurus typus (...

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Blake advances to candidacy!

October 20, 2016

Congratulations to Blake who successfully passed his qualifying exam and advanced to candidacy!