James (Jim) Schiffbauer

James Schiffbauer
305 Geology Building
Taphonomy, paleobiology, and geochemistry
Research Focus: 

I am broadly interested in our earliest animal ancestors that evolved during the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition, both from taphonomic and ecological/evolutionary perspectives. My taphonomic work utilizes geobiological and geochemical data to disentangle the milieu of factors influencing pathways of soft-tissue fossil preservation during this evolutionarily important interval.

Courses Taught: 

[undergraduate] Environmental Geology, Introduction to Geochemistry, Historical Geology, and The Dawn of Animals (Themes).

[graduate] Patterns and Processes in the Fossil Record, Precambrian History, Electron Microscopy for Geosciences, and Evolution Bootcamp.