Stephen Dornbos

Adjunct Professor
 Lapham Hall 372



PhD, University of Southern California
MS, University of Southern California
BA, College of Wooster

Research Interests

Evolution and preservation of early life on Earth; Geobiology of microbial structures in Precambrian and Cambrian sedimentary rocks; Evolutionary paleoecology of early animals during the Ediacaran–Cambrian biodiversification event.

Other Activities

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Defense
Fellow, Geological Society of America

Selected Publications

Cordie, D. R., Dornbos, S. Q., Marenco, P. J., Oji, T., & Gonchigdorj, S. (2019). Depauperate skeletonized reef-dwelling fauna of the early Cambrian: Insights from archaeocyathan reef ecosystems of western Mongolia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 514, 206–221.
Cordie, D. R., & Dornbos, S. Q. (2019). Restricted morphospace occupancy of early Cambrian reef-building archaeocyaths. Paleobiology, 45(2), 331–346.
Oji, T., Dornbos, S. Q., Yada, K., Gonchigdorj, S., Hasegawa, H., Mochizuki, T., Takayanagi, H., & Iryu, Y. (2018). Penetrative trace fossils from the late Ediacaran of Mongolia: Early onset of the agronomic revolution. Royal Society Open Science, 5, 172250.
Dornbos, S. Q., Oji, T., Kanayama, A., & Gonchigdorj, S. (2016). A new Burgess Shale-type deposit from the Ediacaran of western Mongolia. Scientific Reports, 6, 23438.
Novek, J. M., Dornbos, S. Q., & McHenry, L. J. (2016). Palaeoredox geochemistry and bioturbation levels of the exceptionally preserved early Cambrian Indian Springs biota. Lethaia, 49, 604–616.
Fedorchuk, N. D., Dornbos, S. Q., Corsetti, F. A., Isbell, J. L., Petryshyn, V. A., Bowles, J., & Wilmeth, D. T. (2016). Early non-marine life: Evaluating the biogenicity of Mesoproterozoic fluvial-lacustrine stromatolites. Precambrian Research, 275, 105-118.
Kloss, T. J., Dornbos, S. Q., Chen, J., McHenry, L. J., & Marenco, P. J. (2015). High-resolution geochemical evidence for oxic bottom waters in three Cambrian Burgess Shale-type deposits. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 440, 90-95.