Professor, Graduate Receive National Recognition

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Educational excellence in a personal environment at the University of West Georgia is demonstrated in many ways including a collaboration that garnered national attention this year. Dr. Philip Novack-Gottshall, assistant professor of geosciences, and UWG graduate Adam Lanier of Carrollton, published their research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

The research demonstrated that brachiopods underwent a prolonged size increase through a 200-million-year interval and occurred independently and in parallel with other major subgroups. Novack-Gottshall and Lanier’s research is the first demonstration of this pattern. Brachiopods are small marine animals that have a shell resembling the outer shells of clams.

The PNAS has a reputation among scientists for publishing cutting-edge research reports, commentaries, reviews, perspectives and colloquium papers. Lanier, who completed his research in the UWG Student Research Assistant Program, worked with Novack-Gottshall as an advisor on the topic of brachiopods and their body size shifts.

SRAP is funded through the UWG Annual Fund and the University of West Georgia Foundation, Inc. To view the research paper, visit

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