Welcome to the website of Dr. Sarah Z. Gibson! I am a researcher based in Minnesota, and recently received my Ph.D. from the University of Kansas Department of Geology. I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences and Department of Biology at St. Cloud State University. I also currently serve as an editor for the PLOS Paleontology Community blog.
My research is focused on the biodiversity and evolutionary history of ray-finned fishes during the Early Mesozoic. I use morphological characters within a phylogenetic framework to answer questions about the evolution of fishes and how their morphology relates to their environment and habitat during a tumultuous time in Earth’s history. My background is in geology and evolutionary biology, and I am working to integrate these two fields to broaden our understanding of the biodiversity and evolutionary relationships of Early Mesozoic lower actinopterygian fishes.