Paleontology professor Dr. George Stanley discusses why mass extinctions are so important to study.
More about George Stanley at the University of Montana:
Research is in paleontology/paleobiology and is international in scope. It utilizes paleobiology, stratigraphic analysis, paleoecology, and isotope applications with a specialization on reefs and corals, especially their evolution in the early Mesozoic. Research questions center on mass extinctions and use statistical techniques to resolve paleobiogeography, photosymbiosis, ancient CO2 levels, and ocean acidification during ancient reef collapse and the "Naked Coral Hypothesis. The research applies practical and theoretical approaches utilizing fossil collections, paleobiology databases to solve problems in the Geosciences. Here is a UM link to a blog on my research: UM Research and Creative Scholarship
Ocean acidification and ocean changes in the ancient past
Evolution of reefs of the early Mesozoic and Mass Extinctions
Triassic-Jurassic reef ecosystem recovery following the end-Triassic mass extinction
Paleogeography of Upper Triassic biotas from displaced terranes of western North America and comparisons with counterparts in Panthalassa
Geochemistry via stable isotopes to investigate the evolution of Mesozoic corals and their co-evolution with zooxanthellate photosymbionts
Field of Study
Paleontology, paleobiology evolution and stratigraphy
Hodges, M.S. and Stanley, G.D. Jr. 2015 North American coral recovery after the end-Triassic mass extinction, New York Canyon, Nevada. GSA Today v. 25, no. 11, p. 4-9
Stanley, G. D. Jr and Onoue, T. 2015. Upper Triassic reef corals from the Sambosan Accretionary Complex, Kyushu, Japan. Facies, v. 61 (Issue 2)
Stanley, G.D. 2015 Geologic history of reefs. In McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2015, p. 124-126. McGraw-Hill publishers, New York.
Roniewicz, E. and Stanley, G..D., Jr. 2013. Upper Triassic corals from Nevada, western North America, and the implications for paleoecology and paleogeography. Journal of Paleontology v. 87, no. 5, p. 934–964.
Stanley, G.D., Jr. and Brayard, A. 2013. Metazoan reef evolution in the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction. World Summit on Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction and Extreme Climate Change, June 13-15, Wuhan, China. Abstracts volume, p. 64-65. Z.-Q. Chen, H. Yang and G. Luo, (eds.). China University Geosciences, Wuhan.
Stanley, G. D., Jr., Yancey, T.E. and Shepherd, H.E. 2013. Giant Upper Triassic bivalves of Wrangellia, Vancouver Island, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences v. 50, p. 142-147.
Shepherd, H.M.E, Stanley, G.D. Jr., and Amirhassankhani, F. 2012. Norian To Rhaetian Scleractinian Corals In the Ferdows Patch Reef (Nayband Formation, East Central Iran). Journal of Paleontology 86, p. 801-812.
Senowbari-Daryan, B., Stanley, G.D., Jr. and Onoue, T. 2012. Upper Triassic (Carnian) reef biota from the Sambosan Accretionary Complex, Kyushu, Japan. Facies v. 58, issue 4, p. 671-684.
Stanley, G.D., Jr. 2012. Ocean acidification and the ‘Naked coral’ hypothesis. p. 27-28 in Book of Abstracts, D. Yellowlees and T. P. Hughes (eds.) Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium 9-13 July 2012, Cairns. James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
Moore, K. L. and Stanley, G. D., Jr. 2012. Enhancing the Bear Gulch Paleontological Research Collection at The University of Montana. The Society For The Preservation of Natural History Collections Collection Forum v. 26 (1-2), p. 4-11.