Dr. Michelle Casey is a paleontologist interested in conservation paleobiology, or the use of fossils and paleoecological methods to assess modern ecosystem responses to stress. Dr. Casey did her PhD at Yale University where she focused on Long Island Sound, especially the impacts of commercial fishing and pollution on the clam and snail populations. She specializes in predator-prey interactions between drilling snails and their clam prey, stable isotope trophic methods, taphonomy, and paleoecology. Dr. Casey currently works as an Assistant Professor at Murray State University. Previously Dr. Casey worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher the University of Kansas' Biodiversity Institute, as an Adjunct Professor at St. Cloud State University, and as a Visiting Professor at Oberlin College. (More Info)
- Find out how animals become fossils and what traits favor fossilization;
- Learn the features that distinguish dinosaurs from other creatures like pterodactyls, sail-back reptiles, and sea monsters;
- See the earliest reconstructions of dinosaurs, made in 1854, on display at Crystal Palace in the outskirts of London;
- Compare scientists’ earliest visions of dinosaurs with our modern understanding of dinosaur stance and locomotion on display at the Natural History Museums of Oxford and London;
- Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a Natural History Museum’s collection and meet scientists who work there;
- Find your own fossils as you walk the Jurassic Coast of Dorset where the first fossil Ichthyosaur and Plesiosaur were found;
- Earn 3 credits with this lower division undergraduate course, open to all majors.