Steven D. Emslie


Department of Biology & Marine Biology
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Ph.D., University of Florida, 1987
M.S., Northern Arizona University, 1982

M.A., University of Colorado, 1977



Research Focus

The primary focus of my research is the ecology and paleoecology of birds, especially seabirds, but I also study the fossil record of birds and mammals in North America. My students and I employ a variety of research tools in our projects including stable isotope analysis of fossil and modern tissues, analysis of contaminants in feathers and blood, radiocarbon dating, and systematic analysis of fossil material. I have three major projects ongoing in my lab:(1) the ecology and paleoecology of Antarctic penguins,(2) the wintering ecology of coastal sharp-tailed sparrows in North Carolina, and (3) the paleoecology of the Upper Gunnison Basin, Colorado. These projects are funded by grants from NSF and NOAA and include numerous collaborators at other institutions. Currently there are three Ph.D., one Master’s, and five undergraduate students working on these projects in my lab. We also are actively involved in outreach programs with local K-12 schools and maintain an interactive website with classrooms at these schools. The links provided here will direct you to all of these projects and activities, as well as to posters and publications that you can view or download. Enjoy your visit!