Video Library for Conservation Paleobiology

Our video library is a compilation of presentations and other video content related to conservation paleobiology and historical ecology. This page is intended as a learning resource, and a location where people can share content with the conservation paleobiology community. Content here is based on member submissions. To submit something for this resources section, please contact us by email (

A video by Paleontological Research Institution about the Historical Oyster Body Size project, which was developed to document the status and trends of oyster reef habitats around Florida by measuring the size of oyster shells buried beneath reefs. View online exhibit here.

Lynn Wingard is a research geologist at the United State Geological Survey . Here she discusses how her work in paleoecology can help restore Florida’s evergaldes ecosystem.

Historical collections of plants. Natural History Museum plant expert Neil Brummitt explains how the research relied on the extensive historical plant collections at the Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Susan Kidwell discusses the challenge in conservation biology of discovering ‘what was natural’ before human impacts. Here she talks about the transformation of seafloor communities in response to shifting land-use in the Los Angeles watershed. This is a UCLA La Kretz Center’s 9th Annual Lecture.

Information on restoration efforts of the Colorado River Delta. Video produced by the Arizona Public Media.

Paleoceanographer Nathalie Goodkin, at the American Museum of Natural History, explains how she uses corals to look back in time at marine conditions and why this research is critically important for protecting our oceans in the future.

Alexis Mychajliw discusses historical and paleontological data to better understand California Grizzlies, California Academy of Sciences.

This video from the Paleontological Research Institution is about how fossil corals can be used to help understand and conserve modern corals.

Josh Miller explains how conservation paleobiology can help with conservation and management in Alaska in this video by National Geographic Society.

Check out this virtual field trip featuring the geology and paleontology of Lithuania. More videos of Lithuanian geology can be found here.

Geology curator Peter Roopnarine discusses research on food webs, fossils, and the resiliency of life through time in this video Fossil Forward from the California Academy of Sciences.

A presentation by Moriaki Yasuhara (University of Hong Kong) for the 2020 International Humboldt Day event, titled: “Time machine biology: fossils and biogeography”.

A presentation on use of marine mollusks in conservation paleobiology presented by Michal Kowalewski (University of Florida) under the auspices of TESI, Randall Research Center and Shell Point Academy of Lifelong Learning

“Cambio a Flor de Piel” is an artistic educational explanation of Earth’s processes and environmental threats in Spanish using painted hands.

Gabi Serrato Marks talks about New speleothem-derived insights into northern Mexican paleoclimate during the first millennium of the Common Era as part of the PalaeoPERCS seminar series.

Rowan Lockwood explain how we can use the past to predict the future in a talk for the Virginia Living Museum.

Dan Killam talks about growing giant clams in Biosphere 2 to compare growth in fossil and modern giant clams.