What we do

The Gold lab specializes in molecular geobiology, meaning we use data from living organisms to ask question related to the fossil and geologic record. We also study biological systems from the perspective of deep, geologic time (how systems are shaped over hundreds of millions of years). Most of this work is centered on the origin of animals, but Dr. Gold has worked on projects as ancient as the evolution of photosynthesis and as recent as DNA preservation from mammoth bones. Our work is highly interdisciplinary, touching on marine biology, genomics, biological regeneration, conservation ecology, and evolution. Our laboratory spaces include the main campus of the University of California, Davis as well as the Bodega Marine Laboratory.


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A Commitment to Inclusion

The Gold lab is committed to improving diversity and equity in the geosciences. This includes a combination of outreach/retention activities as well as the study of science’s historical role in propagating racism. Our research emphasizes community engagement and the integration of indigenous forms of knowledge. Dr. Gold is a strong proponent of empiricism and the scientific method, yet accepts its fundamental limitations as well as the role society plays in shaping research. We believe that increasing diversity inherently improves the scientific enterprise as well as its public reception.


Latest News

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Hannah’s Research Featured on GSA

The Geological Society of America (GSA) interviewed Hannah to learn more about the research she presented at their annual conference! Check out their press release: “Incorporating Traditional Management Techniques to Combat Effects of Ocean Acidification.”

Tessa and Hannah Present at GSA

Congratulations to Tessa and Hannah, who both gave excellent presentations at this year’s Geological Society of America (GSA) conference. There was lots of good questions and feedback from the audience. This was the first time that Dr. Gold got to watch his students present at a national conference, and he couldn’t be prouder of them!

Tessa passes her QE!

Congratulations to Tessa for passing her qualifying exam! It’s an ambitious project combining the rock fieldwork and molecular biology. We can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

New Paper: Genes that control aging in the oldest living animals

Dr. Gold’s latest paper is now out. This is the first project in a partnership with Dr. David Sinclair at Harvard Medical School (check out our feature on Veritasium to learn more about our work). The paper is accessible for free at Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Big Jellyfish Tank!

Our new jellyfish tank at the Bodega Marine Laboratory is up and running!

Liyu presents at NSF CAMP/LAMP symposium

Our new jellyfish tank at the Bodega Marine Laboratory is up and running!

Face to Face with Chancellor May

Dr. Gold was this month’s guest on Face to Face With Chancellor May. A big thank you to the Chancellor for inviting me on. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the work being done in the lab, and I even got to ask the Chancellor a few questions about . You can watch it here.

Tessa Joins the CIDER Summer Program

Congratulations to Tessa for being accepted into the CIDER summer program!  This four-week intensive course will take place at UC Berkeley, with a focus on the physical and chemical conditions that allowed life to gain a foothold on Earth. You can learn more about the program here.

Paóla’s White Coat Ceremony

Our ex-lab tech Paóla received her “white coat” from UC San Francisco today! This ceremony inducts each new class of dental students. Paóla’s ceremony comes a year late because of the pandemic, but it was worth the wait. Congratulations Paóla!

Award: Sea Grant Fellowship for Hannah

Congratulations to Hannah for receiving a California Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship! This prestigious NOAA-funded program covers two years of work for her project “Applying Indigenous Knowledge and Genetic Data to Evaluate Clam Garden Restoration Potential in Northern California.”

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