James (Jim) D. Schiffbauer

Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences schiffbauerj[at]missouri.edu

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Paleobiology, Taphonomy, Analytical Microscopy

With my academic background spanning both biology and geology, my research interests center on how accurately we can interpret the history of life from the fossil record. I approach this problem from the taphonomic perspective, specifically targeting complex multicellular fossils from the dawn of animal life at the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition. Resolving which features of fossils represent true biological signal as opposed to those that are preservational noise permits a greater understanding of our early animal ancestors. To help gain this better resolution, I utilize analytical microscopy methods, including scanning electron microscopy and tomographic x-ray microscopy.


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Lab News

Check my personal twitter feed to the right for new papers and other newsworthy notes. Other links may also appear below.

  • A great article here on Mikaela Pulsipher's journey and newly awarded 2021 Harriet Evelyn Wallace Fellowship from the American Geosciences Institute.

  • Thomas Herbst awarded a 2021 dissertation fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi!

  • Amelia Lindsay-Kaufman wins best poster from BOTH the Paleontological Society and the GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division for her virtual poster at the 2020 GSA Meeting!

  • Stephanie Rosbach awarded the 2020 Gretchen L. Blechschmidt student research award from GSA!

  • Stephanie Rosbach receives 2020 Ellis L. Yochelson student research award from the Paleo Society!

  • Mikaela Pulsipher awarded the 2019 Winifred Goldring Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists!

  • Mikaela Pulsipher receives 2019 James M. & Thomas J.M. Schopf student research award from the Paleo Society!

  • Schiffbauer honored with 2018 GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division Pre-Tenure Award. <link>

  • MU News piece on our microanalysis lab. <link>

  • Schiffbauer recognized as 2018 MU System President’s Awardee for Early Career Excellence. <link>

  • Mizzou paleo wins two NSF CAREER Awards. <link>

  • MU News piece on Mizzou paleobiology. <link>

  • Schiffbauer recognized with 2016 MU Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. <link>