The Fossil Record in the Far Future
Dr. Roy Plotnick is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research is notably eclectic, encompassing analytical paleobiology, taphonomy, paleobiomechanics and systematics. These studies cover a wide range of taxonomic groups, including arthropods, crinoids, brachiopods, mammals and anemones. Current research includes the vertebrate fossil record of the Sixth Extinction; sense organs in the fossil record; theoretical morphology, simulations, and experimental production of trace fossils; mechanical design of organisms living on soft substrates; the paleontology of ancient caves and karsts; and the affinities of the Mazon Creek cnidarian Essexella. He has been named a Fellow of both the Paleontological Society and the Geological Society of America. He has a strong and continuing commitment to K-12 science education and is currently involved in a NSF Geopaths project that works with local underrepresented high school students to encourage them to become geoscientists.