Samantha Hopkins
Clark Honors College and Department of Geological Sciences
1293 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97405

Samantha Hopkins is an Assistant Professor of Geology in the Clark Honors College of the University of Oregon.  Her research focuses on systematics and paleoecology of fossil small mammals, as well as macroevolutionary problems in the evolution of major ecological roles. Current students’ projects generally focus on Oligocene and Miocene fossil mammals, but range in subject from rodent systematics to changing body size gradients through time and from studies of competition in the fossil record to explorations of the diversity of locomotor types through time. Her field work has ranged across Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, focusing primarily on Oligocene and Miocene terrestrial mammals.  She received her B.S. in Biology and Geology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.