Grants-in-Aid Program
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Charles Schuchert and Carl O. Dunbar Grants-in-Aid Program for Invertebrate Paleontological Research



The Division of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Yale Peabody Museum is pleased to announce a Grants-in-Aid Program for systematic research.

Two awards up to $1,500 will be granted to graduate students or young professionals who wish to visit our collections. Funds may be used for transportation and housing expenses. Use the following links for information on travel and accomodations.

Yale University Visitor Center | Yale Travel Services

Proposals should include a one-page description of a research project, curriculum vitae, anticipated time of visit, a budget, and a letter of support from a faculty advisor.

Deadline for proposals: on hold due to COVID travel restrictions
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Applications may be considered for funding beyond the deadline in certain circumstances. Please contact Dr. Susan Butts, Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager, before submitting an application after the deadline.


Susan Butts
Collections Manager

Submit proposals by email.


Past Award Recipients

2020 (deferred to 2021)

Namiko Machida, West Virginia University

Comprehensive Phylogenetic Analysis of Phacopine Trilobites


Nicholas S. Smith, The University of Tennessee

Reconciling Disarticulated Skeletal Elements with Articulated Brittle Star Skeletons to Improve our Understanding of Paleozoic Ophiuroid (Echinodermata) Biodiversity



Eileah Sims, Texas A&M University

Morphometric Analysis of Biostratigraphically Significant Fusulinid Foraminiferan genus Triticites across the Pennsylvanian-Permian Boundary in North America


Eric J. Peavey, Texas A&M University

Outcrop to Subsurface Correlation and Geochemical Characterization of Late Pennsylvanian and Wolfcampian (Early Permian) Strata, Glass Mountains and southern Delaware Basin, West Texas


Shaolin M. Censullo, Ohio University

Does biogeography influence speciation during the GOBE? A phylogenetic biogeographic test

Alberto Alanis Pavón, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Systematic of ammonoids from the Middle Permian (Guadalupian) of Las Delicias, Coahuila. Paleoenvironmental and stratigraphical considerations



James Beech, West Virginia University

Death defying morphologies: extinction and disparity in the order Harpetida



Stephen Pates, University of Oxford

Analysis of repaired injuries on Cambrian trilobites from the Ruin Wash Lagerstätte



Jennifer E. Bauer, University of Tennesse Knoxville

Characterizing Morphological Variation in Blastoidea (Echinodermata)


Richard Kelly, University of Bristol

Effects of the end-Triassic mass extinction on insects



Brooke Long, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Morphometric approach for a chemosymbiosis proxy in Lucinidae


Sarah Sheffield, University of Tennessee

Diploporitans and other stalked echinoderms


Luke Parry, University of Bristol

Systematic position of machaeridians



James Patrick Kerr, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Antipredatory morphology and intensity of sublethal predation in Mesozoic ammonoids



Jennifer Bauer, Ohio University

Phylogenetic systematics and biogeography of Ordovician brachiopods: Clues to dispersal pathways during the Richmondian Invasion


Javier Ortega-Hernandez, University of Cambridge

Moroccan Lagerstatten: Ordovician Fezouata Formation biota


Joshua Slattery, University of South Florida

The influence of icehouse and greenhouse climatic regimes on evolutionary tempo: A comparative study of the tempo and mode of Neogene and Late Cretaceous bivalves



Ben Collins, University of Alberta

Evolution and functional morphology of passive suspension feeding in rhynchonelliform brachiopods


Miguel Torres, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Carboniferous brachiopods (Lower Mississippian and Middle Pennsylvanian) from Santiago Ixtaltepec area, Oaxaca: Paleoenvironmental, stratigraphic and paleobiogeographic implications


Matthew Vrazo, University of Cincinnati

Paleoecology, taphonomy and taxonomy of Upper Silurian Eurypterids from the Appalachian Basin: Description of a new Eurypterus lagerstatten and revision of E. flintstonensis



Davey Wright, Ohio University

The origin and impact of Upper Ordovician invasive brachiopods: A phylogenetic approach



Alexis Rojas Briceño, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Upper Carboniferous brachiopods from the Rio Nevado, Colombia: Paleobiogeographic and biostratigraphic implications


Karla Castillo Espinoza, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Systematics of cephalopods, brachiopods, and crinoids of the Santiago Formation (Mississippian) from Oaxaca, Mexico



Rituparna Bose, Indiana University
Geographic variation and evolutionary changes in brachiopods: A geometric morphometric approach


Corinne Myers, University of Kansas
Paleobiogeographic Analysis of the North American Cretaceous Interior Seaway



Melissa Barton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Taxonomy and ecology of the late Eocene Antero Formation, Park County, Colorado

Mena Schemm-Gregory, Senckenberg Research Institute, Germany
Biohistoric evolution of spiriferid brachiopods: A model study of a globally distributed Devonian clade

James Zambito, University of Cincinnati
The recognition and nature of bioevents in the Upper Devonian of New York: Testing hypotheses of habitat versus immigration



Jocelyn Sessa, Pennsylvania State University
The effect of lithification on recovery from the Cretaceous mass extinction

Victoria McCoy, Michigan State University
A systematic study of the taphonomy of scorpion molts and carcasses

Neil Shannon, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Brachiopods of the Clore Formation

Mena Schemm-Gregory, Senckenberg Research Institute, Germany
Paleozoic stratigraphic collection (brachiopods)



Donald Dressler, San Diego State University
Role of sampling bias in the diversity decline of Spiriferide brachiopods



Michael Zuykov, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Ordovician Platystrophia-like brachiopods in North America

Bing Shen, Virginia Tech
Systematic study of Ediacaran fossils reposited at the Yale Peabody Museum

Jih-Pai Lin, Ohio State University
Cambrian Lagerstätten–Kinzers Shale, Parker Shale, Burgess Shale

Catherine Jamet, University of Southern California
Permian–Jurassic onshore-shore trends of bryozoan morphotypes



Alistair McGowan, University of Chicago
Morphological evolution of Triassic ammonoids from proleanitids during recovery from the Permian-Triassic event


Glenn Jaecks, University of California, Davis

Heterochrony in the fossil record: thecideidine brachiopods


Alycia Rode, University of Kansas

Ecological and evolutionary impact of invasive species using the fossil record (mid Devonian)



Steve Hasiotis, University of Colorado, Boulder

Trace fossils (esp. Triassic and Jurassic rift valley of North America)


Mark Webster, University of Southern California, Riverside

Cambrian olenelloid trilobites


Keohn Kim

Tempo and mode of evolution of the Trenton Group, New York State



J. A. Adrain

Ordovician trilobites from the Garden City Formation


Steve Hasiotis, University of Colorado

Trace fossil collection


Bruce Leibermna, Harvard University

Cambrian olenelloid trilobites


Andrea Lofgren Stockmeyer, University of Chicago

Mazon Creek arthropods


Yumiko Iwasaki, American Museum of Natural History

Mid Paleozoic phacopid trilobites


Peter Kaplan, University of Michigan

Permian, Triassic, and Paleocene naticid boring