Douglas S. Jones
Director of the Florida Museum of Natural History and Curator
Research interests include exploring shell growth records of modern and fossil mollusks. These range from coquina clams such as Donax variabilis that live for several months, to bivalves like Arctica islandica that can live for centuries. From growth increment variability and stable isotope profiles in shells of these organisms, it is possible to reconstruct detailed records of life history and environmental change.
Jon L. and Beverly A. Thompson Chair of Invertebrate Paleontology
Research interests include ecology, evolution and taphonomy of marine benthic communities.
Roger W. Portell
Collection Director of Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology
Oversight of all aspects (curation, cataloging, computerization, personnel, budgets, fund raising, outreach, etc.) of one of the largest and most active invertebrate paleontology collections in North America. Currently serving as Florida Paleontological Society Editor of the specimen identification series Florida Fossil Invertebrates.
Research interests include systematics, paleoecology, biogeography, and biostratigraphy of Cenozoic invertebrates of the southeastern USA, Caribbean, and South America with an emphasis on arthropods, echinoderms, and mollusks.
Specimen and GIS databasing and photography of fossil invertebrates with focus on the SE USA, South America, and Caribbean. Member of the National Speleological Society and the Florida Speleological Society (Served as board member and President).
Research interests include mapping of Florida caves (both underwater and dry) and photographic documentation and voucher collecting of fossil invertebrates found within.
Cataloging, identification, and preparation of fossil specimens as well as organization and management of collections (primarily taxonomic, stratigraphic, and teaching with other collections as needed). Oversees new acquisitions to the Simpson Library. Currently serving as Secretary of the Florida Paleontological Society.
Research interests include predator-prey relationships, especially between echinoids and gastropods, and the resulting predation marks that are left behind.