Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Paleobiology at UCSB


The Porter Lab studies the strange and beautiful creatures that lived 1000 to 500 million years ago during the time when complex multicellular organisms, including animals, first evolved. Our research primarily involves fieldwork, with sites in China, Australia, and the western United States; lab work; and microscopy.


We are affiliated with the Department of Earth Science and the Earth Research Institute at UCSB.

Images (from L to R): paleoscolecid worm; Mellopegma georginense; Australohalkieria superstes; Bonniea dacruchares; Archiastereall hirundo.