Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Drew Muscente

Drew Muscente
DGS Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Work: +1 540 200 5634
Office: JGB 3.314B, JGB
Mailcode: C1100

Drew Muscente is a postdoctoral fellow with a background in biology and geology. After receiving a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, Drew completed his Ph.D. in Geosciences at Virginia Tech, where his work focused on the geomicrobiological processes and paleoenvironments that allow for fossilization of soft and labile tissues. He then spent two years as a postdoc at Harvard, developing and applying computational methods for quantifying changes in ecosystems over the last 600 million years. Drew joined the Jackson School in 2018 in order to collaborate with Dr. Martindale on the preservation and paleoecology of Jurassic deposits with exceptionally preserved fossils. Overall, his research seeks to improve our understanding of the evolutionary history of marine animals on the community level, from their origin in the Ediacaran to their responses following the radiations, extinctions, and environmental perturbations of the Phanerozoic. His work has been published in PNAS, Precambrian Research, Astrobiology, and various other journals.

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Areas of Expertise

In general, I have expertise in paleontology/paleobiology, geobiology, sedimentary geology, evolution, and ecology. My main areas of interest are community paleoecology, taphonomy, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Please visit my website for more information on my research:

Current Research Programs & Projects

Network Analysis of Paleobiological and Geological Systems

Paleoecology and Taphonomy of Jurassic Marine Konservat-Lagerstatten Preserved at the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event

Exceptional Fossil Preservation through Space and Time: A Global Perspective

Developing Advanced Imaging Methods for Studying Calcified Fossils in Limestones and Reefs

Sulfur Isotopic Analysis of Neoproterozoic Super Heavy Pyrite

Reconstructing Neoproterozoic Paleoenvironments of Phosphogenesis with Integrated Geochemical and Petrographic

Early Sponge Evolution and Spiculogenesis

Taphonomy of Exceptionally Preserved Phosphatized Microfossils with Intracellular Structures

Norman Newell Early Career Grant - The Paleontological Society (2017)

Beamtime for research proposal - Australian Synchrotron (2017)

Evolving Earth Foundation Grant - Evolving Earth Foundation (2016)

Young Explorer's Grant - National Geographic Society (2016)

Richard K. Bambach Award - The Paleontological Society (2015)

Research Development Grant - Virginia Tech (2015)

Research Grant - SEPM (2015)

Research Proposal Grant (PI: Shuhai Xiao) - NASA (2015)

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration - American Philosophical Society (2014)

Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2014)

Grant-in-Aid of Research Award - Sigma Xi (2014)

Research Grant - Clay Mineral Society (2013)

Guest Editor, Special Issue, Geobiology (2016)

Member, Moore Medal Selection Committee, SEPM (2016)

Judge, Best Talk and Best Poster Student Award, GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology (2016)

Co-chair, Topical Session at GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, GSA (2015)

Volunteer, GSA Annual Meeting (Denver, CO) (2013)

Volunteer, GSA Annual Meeting (Denver, CO) (2012)

Reviewer, Geology

Reviewer, Geobiology

Reviewer, Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeogeography

Reviewer, Palaeontology

Reviewer, Palaios

Reviewer, PeerJ

Reviewer, Precambrian Research

Reviewer, Scientific Reports

Network Analysis of Paleobiological Systems, Earth Science Information Partners (ISEP) Summer Meeting (Natural History Museum Informatics: New Methods, Old Data) break-out session, Tucson, AZ (plus remote locations) (2018)

Network Analysis of Paleobiological Systems, 4-D Deep-Time Data Driven Discovery Workshop, Washington, DC (2018)

Ediacaran and Cambrian Life, Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, Cambridge, MA (2018)

Community Evolution over the History of Animal Life, Texas Tech Department of Geosciences, Lubbock, TX (2018)

Community Evolution over the History of Animal Life, Dartmouth College Department of Earth Sciences, Hanover, NH (2018)

Ediacaran and Cambrian Life, Universidad de Costa Rica Escuela Centroamericana de Geología, San Jose, CR (2016)

Exceptional Fossil Preservation through Space and Time, West Virginia University Department of Geography and Geology, Morgantown, WV (2016)