Curriculum Vitae



Professor, Department of Geological Sciences

Curator, Museum of Paleontology

University of Michigan

1109 Geddes

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079


Phone: 734-764-7543




PhD, University of Chicago, Geophysical Sciences (Paleontology), 1990.

MS, University of Illinois, Geological Sciences, 1985.

AB, University of Chicago, Geophysical Sciences, 1979.



Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, 1996-

Curator, Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan, 1996-

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2010

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Institute of Paleobiology (PAN), Warsaw, 2002-2003

Visiting Scientist, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, summer 2002

Assistant-Associate Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard, 1991-1996

Assistant-Associate Curator, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, 1991-1996

Visiting Scientist, Tübingen University, Tübingen, Germany, summer 1992

The Ohio State University Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1990-91

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Chicago, 1985-1990

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, 1982-1985

Math and Science teacher, American Community School, Beirut, Lebanon, 1980-1982



Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2010

UROP Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship, 2005

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Paleobiology Institute, Warsaw, Poland, 2002-2003

Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor, Harvard, 1995

The Ohio State University Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1990

University Fellowship, University of Illinois, 1983

University of Chicago, Logan Gridley Scholarship, 1975



Paleontological Society Schuchert Award Committee member, 2010-

Journal of Paleontology, Associate Editor, 2009-

NSF Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Review Panel, 2006

Paleobiology, Co-Editor, 2004-2007

Paleontological Society Council member, 2004-2007

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, Editorial Board, 1996-

Paläontologische Zeitschrift, Editorial Board, 2004-

Paleontological Society Symposium: Evolutionary morphology, 2002, Convener

Geology, Editorial Board, 2000-2002

Paleontological Society International Research Program, Board, 1994, 1998-2000.





2011-2015 NSF/DEB, Assembling the Echinoderm Tree of Life.

2009-2012 NSF/BRC, Invertebrate collections at the UMMP.

2008-2010 NGS, Crinoid-cidaroid biotic interactions. 

2008-2010 NSF/EAR, Predation in evolution: paleobiological consequences of cidaroid predation on crinoids.

2004-2007 NSF/BRC, Invertebrate collections at the UMMP.

2002-2004 PRF, Parasitism and escalation in the fossil record.

1999-2002 NSF/EAR, Predation rates & prey escalation in Paleozoic marine benthic ecosystems.

1997-2000 NSF/EAR, Interference avoidance hypothesis & scaling in crinoids.

1997-1999 NATO, Comparative studies of bathyal crinoids.

1995-1998 NSF/EAR, Fossil Invertebrate Collections at the MCZ.

1993-1998 NSF/EAR, Muscle/ligament problem in crinoids.

1991-1993 NSF, Crinoid stalk taphonomy.

1990 Paleontological Society grant-in-assistance.

1987 National Geographic Society (NGS), Ecology of stalked crinoids.

1987 Student Research Grant, Sigma Xi.

1984 Student Research Grant, Sigma Xi.

1984 R.M. Louer Grant, Field Museum of Natural History.

1984 Penrose Research Grant, Geological Society of America.





Senior theses

1994 K. Rosenkrantz, Harvard

1995 R. Sperry, Harvard

2007 M. Tuura, UM


University Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

1999 B. Deline

2000 B. Deline

2001 E. K. Roberts

2002 E. K. Roberts

2004 M. Tuura

2005 M. Tuura, A. Williams, A. Beehr

2006 E. Koury, I. Kakwan, N. Krupansky

2007 S. Groat, B. Groeneveld, K. Eom, Lan She Chan

2008 J. Ryan, B. Groeneveld

2009 G. Ignarri, S. Klapman, A. Taguchi




1995 A. Abban, Harvard

1996 L. Rome, Harvard

2000 P. Kaplan, UM

2002 A. Bradley, UM

2008 M. Tuura, UM



1997 G. Llewellyn, Harvard

1999 L. Leighton, UM

2004 F. Gahn, UM

2009 D. Chattopadhyay, UM

2011 A. Janevski, UM

in progress V. Syverson, UM

in progress K. Rhodes, UM



1995/1996 P. Holterhoff, Present position: Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University



Geological Society of America, Paleontological Society, Sigma Xi, Society for Sedimentary

Geology (SEPM)