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

Contact: emslies at

               Office: (910) 962-3357



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. Most of my research at present focuses on the paleoecology of Antarctic penguins, especially the Adelie Penguin, and the foraging ecology and terns and pelicans in North Carolina.  Previous projects now completed, with links still available here, include the ecology of coastal sparrows in North Carolina and the paleoecology of the Upper Gunnison Basin, Colorado. All previous and current projects were and are funded by grants from NSF and include numerous collaborators at other institutions. Currently there are two Master’s working 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!