The split between the research of staff and that of research fellows is not always justified as much research is a joint effort.
Research and Projects are funded currently by a variety of sources including: The National Science Foundation, The Seashore Endowment of the Texas Natural Science Center, and The Jackson School of Geosciences
Research projects currently focus on the extinct hippuritid bivalve, the ‘rudist‘.
We are examining internal structures using computed tomography (CT) on specimens with suitable preservation.
External patterns of encrustation and boring are of equal importance as they indicate relationships with other organisms within the reef-mound setting.
Perhaps most exciting is the possibility that the growth patterns of some of the more massive rudists, such as the radiolitids Durania and Sauvegesia may provide rhythms which could link to climatic or tidal characteristics of the environment in which they existed.
Roger and Dee Ann Cooper: Lamar University
(Big Bend stratigraphy)
(Cretaceous and Tertiary molluscs especially gastropods)
Brenda Kirkland: Mississippi State University
(Permian reef forms, and algae)
Hannes Loesser: UNAM, Mexico
Charles Newsom: University of Iowa (retired)
Chris Schneider: University of Alberta
Robert (Bob) Scott: University of Tulsa
(Cretaceous stratigraphy and paleontology)
James Sprinkle: University of Texas at Austin (Retired)
(Early Paleozoic echinoderms)
Louis Zachos: University of Mississippi, Oxford
Sally Zellers: University of Central Missouri
Emeritus Research Fellows
William (Bil)l Ward (deceased): (Cretaceous stratigraphy)