Roy E. Plotnick
Current Title: Professor
A.B. Columbia University, 1976
M.S. University of Rochester, 1978
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1983
Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturer, 2005-2008
Geological Society of America Fellow, 2013
Edward P Bass Distinguished Environmental Visiting Scholar, Yale Department of Geology and Geophysics, 2017
Research Interests: ECLECTIC!
Invertebrate paleobiology; paleoecology; mathematical methods and models; fossil preservation; paleobiomechanics; science education and outreach
Current Research Projects
- Fossil record of the Sixth Extinction and the Anthropocene. Click here or here for an interview.
- Sensory and movement behavior in the fossil record, including fossilized senses. Click here for press coverage and here to download the paper on cricket ears.
- Theoretical morphology, simulations, and behavioral biology of trace fossils.
- The Mazon Creek cnidarian Essexella.
- History of cave biotas, including a really amazing Pennsylvanian paleokarst deposit. Click here for article in LiveScience.com.
- Fractals and related methods in the Earth sciences. Here is a recorded talk on the subject:
Science Education Grant Projects
- Chicago Geopaths: http://geopaths.uic.edu/ is a new program at the University of Illinois at Chicago that introduces geoscience as a potential undergraduate major and career to urban students. The program is led by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UIC and sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
- Project SEEEC - Science Education for Excellence and Equity in Chicago https://seeec.uic.edu/ is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative to develop community-responsive urban science teachers and leaders. Project SEEEC enriches the MEd Science Education program and the PhD Mathematics and Science Education program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education.
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