Texas Tech University

Paleontology and Biostratigraphy


The Department of Geosciences has a long history of research in vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology and biostratigraphy. Research includes field studies in the Cretaceous of Big Bend National Park, Permian carbonate rocks of the Guadalupe Reef Complex, Permo-Traissic strata in the southern High Plains and adjacent New Mexico, and Paleozoic strata throughout the midcontinent, with particular emphasis on the biostratigraphy of the Silurian and Devonian.


Dr. Neo McAdams, micropaleontology.

Dr. Jim Barrick, conodont biostratigraphy.

Dr. Sankar Chatterjee, vertebrate paleontology.

Dr. Tom Lehman, siliclastic sedimentology, stratigraphy and vertebrate paleontology of Texas and adjacent regions.

Research Facilities

Courses in Paleontology and Biostratigraphy

  • GEOL 3450 Paleontology and Paleoecology
  • GEOL 5327 Problems in Paleontology
  • GEOL 5410 Vertebrate Paleontology
  • GEOL 5420 Geologic Correlation