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    Department of Geology and Geophysics



Adjunct Faculty

Judith A. Schiebout, Adjunct Associate Professor

Mailing Address:
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office: 354 Howe-Russell
Telephone: (225) 578-2717, 578-4777
Fax: (225) 578-3075

Courses Taught

Dinosaurs, Catastrophes, and Extinctions
Historical Geology
Vertebrate Paleontology

Womens & Gender Studies
Evolution of Sex (with three other scientists. Schiebout is organizer)

Current Research Interests

Paleoecology and vertebrate paleontology, particularly the biostratigraphy and paleogeography of southern North America in the Tertiary; early and middle Tertiary mammals; the Cretaceous-Tertiary and Paleocene-Eocene transition, especially in Big Bend, west Texas; Louisiana fossil vertebrates; fluvial deposition.

A current major interest is the Miocene (Middle of the Age of Mammals) in Louisiana. A ten year project has yielded a diverse fauna of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine vertebrates, including rhinos, giant camels, whales, and gomphotheres.

  • Ph.D., 1973, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • M.A., 1970, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • B.A., 1968, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Selected Recent Publications

2008. White, P. D. and J.A. Schiebout. Paleogene paleosols and changes in pedogenesis during the initial Eocene thermal maximum: Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA. Geological Society of America Bulletin 120 (11), 1347-1361.

2008. Schiebout, J.A., P.D. White, and G.S. Boardman.  Taphonomic Issues Relating to Concentrations of Pedogenic Nodules and Vertebrates in the Paleocene and Miocene Gulf Coastal Plain: Examples from Texas and Louisiana,  p. 17-30 in  J, Sankey and S. Baszio (eds), Vertebrate Microfossil Assemblages:  Their Role in Paleoecology and Paleobiology. Indiana University Press,  296 pp.

2007. Tong, Y. S. , Ting, S. Y., Meng, J., Li, Q., Wang,  Y. Q., Schiebout, J. A., Koch, P. L., Clyde, W., C. and G. J. Bowen. Ganungulates xincunliensis, an artiodactyl-like mammal (Ungulata,  Mammalia) from the Paleocene, Chijiang basin, Jiangxi, China. Vertebrata PalAsiatica, vol. 45 (4): 278-286.

2006. Schiebout, J.A., J. H.Wrenn, Suyin Ting, J. L. Hill, M. D. Hagge, M. J. Williams, G. S. Boardman, and B. B. Ellwood. Miocene Vertebrate Fossils Recovered from the Pascagoula Formation in Southeastern Louisiana, Gulf Coast Assoc. Geol. Soc. Trans. v.56, p. 745-760.

 2005 Sankey, J.T., B.R. Standhardt, and J.A. Schiebout. Theropod teeth from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian-Maastrichtian), Big Bend National Park, Texas (27 pp, 6 figs, 5 tables). p.127-152 in Carnivorous Dinosaurs, K. Carpenter (ed), Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

2005. Ting, Suyin, Yuanqing Wang, Judith A. Schiebout, Paul Koch, William Clyde, Gabrial Bowen Yuan Wang, New early Eocene mammalian fossils from the Hengyang Basin, Hunan, China. Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. No 36, p.291-301.

Research Group

Graduate Students

Travis Atwood
What's on the Menu in the Miocene of Louisiana?

Michael Williams
Miocene Freshwater and Terrestrial Lower Vertebrates of the Central Gulf Coast

Lindsay Yann
Pleistocene Mammals of the McPherson Collection

Undergraduate Students

Chris Trantham

Collection Manager/Researcher

Dr. Suyin Ting
Research Associate IV
LSU Museum of Natural Science
The Paleocene/Eocene Boundary in Asia and Worldwide

Groups within Louisiana may request a speech by Dr. Schiebout on the vertebrate paleontological history of Louisiana including Fort Polk Miocene research, from the Speaking of Science Program sponsored by NSF/EPSCoR-SI and the Board of Regents by calling (225) 342-4253