Research Interests

Paleoecology, taphonomy, geochronology, stratigraphy, quantitative methods, marine ecology, conservation biology, mollusks, echinoids, brachiopods


Recent Projects


  • National Science Foundation, $559,692 ($393,552 to UF), EAR – 2127623, Collaborative Research: Comparative Taphonomy and Time-Averaging of Mollusk-Echinoid Assemblages using High-Performance Radiocarbon Dating System. PI: M. Kowalewski, Co-PI: Darell Kaufman (Northern Arizona University) (9/2021-8/2024)
  • National Science Foundation, $492,099, EAR – 1922562, RCN: Integrating and Translating Conservation Paleobiology, PI: M. Kowalewski (9/2019 – 8/2024)
  • Collaborative Research: Evolutionary Significance of Biotic Interactions: A Comparative Study Utilizing Echinoid Associated Traces [National Science Foundation] (9/1/2016-8/31/2019) (Collaborations: C. Tyler, Miami University of Ohio)
  • Stratigraphic Paleobiology and Historical Ecology of Po Basin [National Science Foundation] (3/1/2016 – 2/28/2019) (Collaborations: D. Scarponi, U. Bologna)
  • Historical Ecology of Seagrass Meadows: Assessing Multi-Centennial Dynamics of Threatened Biodiversity Hotspots [IFAS-UF Seed Grant] (1/2016-12/2016) (Collaborations: T.K. Frazer, SNRE-UF)
  • CSBR: Natural History Collections: Curation, Digitization, Integration, and On-Line Access of Two Exceptional Invertebrate Fossil Research Collections [National Science Foundation] (7/15/2015 – 6/30/2017) (Collaborations: R. Portell, D. Jones, FLMNH-UF)



Older Projects


  • Higher-Taxon Fidelity: Comparative Taphonomy of Marine Benthic Associations in Holocene Depositional Systems of Coastal North Carolina [National Science Foundation] (7/01/2011 – 6/30/2014) (Collaborations: C, Tyler, Miami U. Ohio)
  • Geobiology of Critical Coastal Environments: Marine Conservation of Chiloe Island, Chile [VT Seed Grant] (1/01/2011 – 12/31/2012) (Collaborations: S. Mulsov, Universidade Austral de Chile)
  • Paleoecology and Ichnology of Neogene Marine Benthic Assemblages of Spain [Ministry of Educations, Spain] (Collaborations: J. Martinell, U. Barcelona) (1/01/2012 – 12/31/2015)
  • Stratigraphic Paleobiology of Marine Quaternary Successions of Po Plain, Italy [National Science Foundation] (Collaborations: D. Scarponi, U. Bologna) (7/01/2009 – 6/30/2013)
  • Holocene Shell Accumulations from the Southeast Brazilian Bight: Multi-Centennial Dynamics [National Science Foundation] (Collaborations: M. Simoes, Sao Paolo State U., D. Kaufman, N. Arizona U.) (7/1/2006 – 6/30/2010)