I am in my fifth year of graduate study in stratigraphy and paleobiology in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at The University of Chicago, working with Dr. Susan Kidwell.

My research interests focus on questions of how the stratigraphic record can inform our view of fossil preservation (taphonomy), and its consequences for interpreting paleobiology in the record. My dissertation looks at the sequence-stratigraphic variation in hiatal surfaces and macrofossil abundance and preservation in nutrient-enriched systems, using the Permian Phosphoria Formation in Idaho and Montana as an intriguing case study.

Madeline S. Marshall




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