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What We Do

Stanford Earth Young Investigators: Biodiversity (a.k.a, The History of Life Internship) is an intensive, 8-week research and learning experience for Bay Area high school students. The program combines classroom learning, field trips, and authentic scientific research. The centerpiece of the program is cutting-edge research in the field of paleobiology. Students will conduct original analyses to better understand the evolutionary history of ancient life. An important part of the program is learning how to formulate and test scientific hypotheses. In 2020,  major theme for the summer will focus on factors that influenced body size evolution of early major fossil groups (Cambrian and Ordovician)(molluscs, echinoderms, hyoliths, and brachiopods).


Jun 4 2020 Stanford Earth
A cohort of the Stanford Earth Young Investigators program helped advance our understanding of the relationship between the body size and circulatory systems of marine animals over a vast time frame.
Feb 19 2015 Stanford Earth
New Stanford research shows that animals tend to evolve toward larger body sizes over time. Over the past 542 million years, the mean size of marine animals has increased 150-fold.
Dec 15 2013 History of Life
The History of Life Interns conducted original research on the body size evolution in echinoderms and ostracods.  Seven groups, consisting of 15 interns, presented their research at the most recent Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.  Their poster session took place on Thursday,...