Roy Plotnick, PhD
Mailing address: PO Box 208109, New Haven CT 06520-8109
Street address: 210 Whitney Ave., New Haven CT 06511
I am a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the University of Illinois at Chicago and am also a Research Associate at the Field Museum. My research interests are wide-ranging and eclectic, including arthropod paleontology, functional morphology, fossil preservation, trace fossils, landscape ecology and statistical methods. Specific research projects include spatial statistics for data model comparisons in geology; experimental approaches to the biomechanics of extinct organisms; fractal and multifractal model of the fossil record; computer models of trace fossils; the geologic history of caves and their organisms; the nature of common taxa in the fossil record; and the fossil record of the “Sixth Extinction.” I am also involved in projects designed to promote new approaches to science education at the K-12 and college levels. While I am at Yale, I will be working on a book for the general public, provisionally titled Explorers of Deep Time, that will explain the range and rationales of the activities of paleontologists.