Kristopher Kusnerik, University of Florida
I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida and the Florida Museum of Natural History. My research interests are in conservation paleobiology, using the modern and fossil molluscan records to better understand the historical ecology of ecosystems in order to make better targeted restoration and conservation goals. My current projects span from freshwater systems in Florida to Hawaiian reef environments, studying the impact various anthropogenic and environmental factors have had on community composition through time.
Emma Locatelli, Yale University
I am a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University studying taphonomy and paleobiology under the guidance of Dr. Derek Briggs. Taphonomy is my primary interest, particularly the preservation of terrestrial cuticle. I am working on a number of projects related to this field, including evaluating rates and patterns of disarticulation in Gecarcinid (land) crabs; examining the preservation of structural and pigment-based colors in insects; and elucidating major controls on the exceptional preservation of plants. My thesis is focused on this last topic – leaf preservation – and I am using integrative experimental and fossil based approaches to answer various questions within this field.