Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Anna M Weiss

Anna M Weiss
Ph.D., Paleobiology, UT Austin, expected 2019
B.A., Anthropology, Minor: Geology, SUNY Stony Brook University, 2013

Office: JSG 3.310
Mailcode: C1140


I am a PhD candidate in the Martindale lab. I received my undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Geology from Stony Brook University in 2013. My research interests are broad and include the consequences of climate change for biotic communities, the evolution of keystone species, and the use of databases, statistical analyses, and models in paleoecology. At UT, I focus on the impacts of temperature, nutrients, and other environmental stressors on corals during a carbon-cycle perturbation event approximately 56 million years ago (the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum). I am also a passionate environmentalist and would like to integrate my work with a growing body of research that aims to better predict and mitigate the effects of climate change on modern coral reefs.

Current Research Projects

Novel coral ecosystems during the PETM, Slovenia

Gulf Coast communities of the Early Paleogene

Dominican reef response to climate change during the Pleistocene

DeFord Field Scholarship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2017)

David Worthington Named Grant - AAPG (2016)

Muehlberger Field Scholarship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2016)

Lerner-Gray Memorial Fund - American Museum of Natural History (2016)

Kenneth E. & Annie Caster Award - Paleontological Society (2015)

Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2015)

Muehlberger Field Scholarship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2015)

College Recruitment Fellowship - University of Texas at Austin (2014 - 2015)

Whitney Endowed Presidential Scholarship - University of Texas at Austin (2014)

Magna Cum Laude - Stony Brook University (2013)

Graduate Student Representative, GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology (2016 - Present)

SciRes Fellow, Scientist-in-Residence Program, UT Environmental Science Institute (2016 - 2017)

Organizer, UT Paleontology Seminar (2016 - Present)

Poster: Ecological Selectivity of Corals Across the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum GSA South Central Meeti, Climatic and Biotic Events of the Paleogene, Snowbird, UT (2017)

Talk: Turnover of shallow marine ecosystems during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Slovenia, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (2017)

Poster: A Possible Late Paleocene-Early Eocene Ocean Acidification Event Recoded in the Adriatic Carbonate Platform, American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2017)

Poster: Novel coral ecosystems and the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Geological Society of America South Central Meeting, San Antonio, TX (2017)

Talk: Crustose coralline algae increased framework and diversity on ancient coral reefs, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (2016)

Poster: Importance of the association between crustose coralline algae and corals to reef building in the fossil record, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD (2015)

Poster: Ecological turnover of shallow water carbonate producers following the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)