Jack Stack


I am a masters student and University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University studying vertebrate paleontology with Dr. Michael Gottfried.

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Research Summary

I study the fossil record of ray-finned fishes (Actinopterygii) to characterize the historical patterns and evolutionary processes that have driven the assembly of their extant biodiversity (over 32,000 species). My current research is focused on describing Paleozoic ray-finned fishes from North America to improve our understanding of the morphology, ecology, and evolution of problematic groups of early actinopterygians.

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