Location: CHCB 302
Phone: (406) 243-5693
Fax: (406) 243-4028
My research and teaching are international in scope and field oriented. I have lived and worked in Germany, China, Japan and New Zealand and established several international cooperative programs. Research in invertebrate paleontology utilizes paleobiology, stratigraphic analysis, paleoecology, and isotope applications with a specialization on reefs and corals, especially their evolution in the early Mesozoic. Research questions center on mass extinctions and use statistical techniques to resolve paleobiogeography, photosymbiosis, ancient CO2 levels, and ocean acidification during ancient reef collapse and the Chinese Cambrian Chengjiang biota. My research applies both practical and theoretical approaches, utilizing analysis of paleo data to solve geologic problems. My teaching duties include lectures and seminars in paleontology and evolution at both graduate and undergraduate levels, leading field trips and supervision of masters and doctoral-level students. As Director of the University of Montana Paleontology Center, I supervise staff and direct collection-based research and web-based collections automation, as well as acquire and develop new collections and direct public outreach. Learn more about me from a 2014 interview with the Eerie Digest.
Ocean acidification in the ancient past
Evolution of reefs of the early Mesozoic and Mass Extinctions
Paleogeography of Upper Triassic biotas from displaced terranes of western North America and comparisons with counterparts in Panthalassa
Geochemistry via stable isotopes to investigate the evolution of Mesozoic corals and their co-evolution with zooxanthellate photosymbionts
BA University of Tennessee
PhD The University of Kansas,
Goethe Institute of German Language Certificate
Fulbright Scholar in Germany
Music, playing guitar and singing. Also write some original paleontology lyrics
I have taught paleontology courses at graduate and undergraduate levels for much of my career. I have been a teaching faculty in the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana where I taught several "Honors Courses". I also was a lecturer at the University of California, Davis and taught part-time courses in historical geology at the university/college level in the Washington, D.C. area.
Research is in paleontology/paleobiology and is international in scope. It utilizes paleobiology, stratigraphic analysis, paleoecology, and isotope applications with a specialization on reefs and corals, especially their evolution in the early Mesozoic. Research questions center on mass extinctions and use statistical techniques to resolve paleobiogeography, photosymbiosis, ancient CO2 levels, and ocean acidification during ancient reef collapse and the "Naked Coral Hypothesis. The research applies practical and theoretical approaches utilizing fossil collections, paleobiology databases to solve problems in the Geosciences. Here is a UM link to a blog on my research: UM Research and Creative Scholarship
Geological Society of America Service: Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology Advisory Committee, GSA Nomination Committee, University of Montana Faculty GSA Representative; editor and organizer for GSA Special Papers
Paleontological Society: Distinguished Lecturer (1993-94), Medal Committee (1992-94); Organize Short Courses, meeting symposia and a Special Paper; Member, Sepkoski PalSIRP International Research Program (2002-2009)
Participant in International Geological Correlation Projects Overseas:
IGCP 359 "Tethyan, Circum-Pacific and Marginal Gondwana Late Paleozoic and Early Mesozoic Correlations" (1993-96), U.S. Group Leader
IGCP 335 "Biotic Recoveries from Mass Extinctions" Participant (1993-1998)
IGCP 467 “Triassic Time and Trans‑Panthalassan Correlations”Participant (2001-2005)
IGCP 458 “Triassic‑Jurassic Boundary Events" Participant (2001-2008)
IGCP 572 “Permo-Triassic Ecosystems” (2008-2012) International Advisory Committee
Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Coordinator and Co-editor Coral volume (2005-present); Editorial Board, Springer-Verlag (2004-present); Nature, Advisory Panel (2008-2010); Subcommission on Triassic Stratigraphy (1996-2014); SEPM: Nominating Committee (1997); Awards and Medals Evaluation Committee (1988‑92); Paleontological Society of Washington, D.C., President (1980‑81); Editorial Board, Springer-Verlag (2004-present); Nature, Advisory Panel (2008-2010); Subcommission on Triassic Stratigraphy (1996-2014)
My Professional Affiliations and Memberships:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow); Geological Society of America (Fellow); Organization for Tropical Studies (Fellow); Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Fellow); Fulbright Alumni Association (Fellow); Paleontological Society member; International Palaeontological Association member; International Society for Reef Studies (Founding Member); SEPM Society of Sedimentary Geology member
Roniewicz, E. and Stanley, G..D., Jr. 2013. Upper Triassic corals from Nevada, western North America, and the implications for paleoecology and paleogeography. Journal of Paleontology v. 87, no. 5, p. 934–964.
Stanley, G.D., Jr. and Brayard, A. 2013. Metazoan reef evolution in the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction. World Summit on Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction and Extreme Climate Change, June 13-15, Wuhan, China. Abstracts volume, p. 64-65. Z.-Q. Chen, H. Yang and G. Luo, (eds.). China University Geosciences, Wuhan.
Stanley, G. D., Jr., Yancey, T.E. and Shepherd, H.E. 2013. Giant Upper Triassic bivalves of Wrangellia, Vancouver Island, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences v. 50, p. 142-147.
Shepherd, H.M.E, Stanley, G.D. Jr., and Amirhassankhani, F. 2012. Norian To Rhaetian Scleractinian Corals In the Ferdows Patch Reef (Nayband Formation, East Central Iran). Journal of Paleontology 86, p. 801-812.
Senowbari-Daryan, B., Stanley, G.D., Jr. and Onoue, T. 2012. Upper Triassic (Carnian) reef biota from the Sambosan Accretionary Complex, Kyushu, Japan. Facies v. 58, issue 4, p. 671-684.
Stanley, G.D., Jr. 2012. Ocean acidification and the ‘Naked coral’ hypothesis. p. 27-28 in Book of Abstracts, D. Yellowlees and T. P. Hughes (eds.) Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium 9-13 July 2012, Cairns. James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
Moore, K. L. and Stanley, G. D., Jr. 2012. Enhancing the Bear Gulch Paleontological Research Collection at The University of Montana. The Society For The Preservation of Natural History Collections Collection Forum v. 26 (1-2), p. 4-11.
Lamaskin, T. D. Stanley, G. D., Jr., Caruthers, A. H. and Rosenblatt, M.R. 2011. Detrital record of Upper Triassic reefs in the Olds Ferry Terrane, Blue Mountains Province, northeastern Oregon. Palaios v. 26, p. 779-789.
Stanley, G. D., Jr. (ed.) 2011. Corals and Reef Crises, Collapse and Change. PaleontologicalPaper 17, The Paleontological Society, Boulder, Colorado, 160pp.
Stanley, G. D., Jr. and Lipps, J. H. 2011. Photosymbiosis: The driving force for reef success and failure. Paleontological Society Paper 17, p. 33-60.
Han, J, Kubota S, Uchida, H-O., Stanley, G.D., Jr., Yao, X., et al. 2010. Tiny Sea Anemone from the Lower Cambrian of China. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13276.doi:10.1371/ journal.pone 0013276.
Stanley, G. D., Jr. 2010. Recovery of corals and reefs after the end-Permian and the“Naked Coral” Lazarus effect. Journal of Earth Science v. 21, p. 161-164.
Stanley, G. D., Jr. 2009. Corals and ocean acidification. (Invited Chapter) In McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2009. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., New York, pp. 66-69.
Stanley, G. D., Jr. and van de Schootbrugge. 2009. The evolution of the coral-algal symbiosis. Chapter 2. In M.J.H.van Oppen and J. M. Lough (Eds.) Coral Bleaching: Patterns, Processes, Causes and Consequences. Ecological Studies Series, v. 205, pp. 7-19.
Stanley, G. D., Jr., Caruthers, A. H. and Blodgett, R. B. 2008. From hot and tropical to cold and Arctic: The Triassic history of the Wrangell Mountains. Alaska Park Science, v. 7, issue 1 (June, 2008), pp. 4-15.
Stanley, G. D., Jr. 2007. Ocean acidification and coral reefs. Science, 24 August 2007, v. 317, pp. 1032-1033.
Stanley, G. D., Jr. 2006. Photosymbiosis and the evolution of modern coral reefs. Science, v. 312, 12 May 2006, pp. 857-858.
Foreign Languages: German (Goethe Institute Level-4 Certificate), Spanish, reading knowledge of French; editorial experience.
Statistics and computer science
Field of Study
Paleontology, paleobiology evolution and stratigraphy
I am very much involved in international research, collaborating and working with geologists from many other countries. In 2014 I had a post-doctoral scholar from France and a faculty affiliate from Wuhan, China. Previous post-docs were from China, New Zealand and Germany. I have lived in China, Japan, Germany, New Zealand and Belize for both teaching and research. My past research was conducted on Cambrian rocks and fossils of Yunnan, China, the Andes of Peru, Sonora Mexico, the Austrian Alps, Australia, New Zealand and a brief trip to Antarctica, In 2013 I had a one-month fellowship in southern Japan where I collaborated with Japanese geologists. International awards and honors include:
Fulbright Research Fellow to Germany; Appointment as Courtesy Professor, Yunnan University, Kunming, China; A Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science; Fellow of the Organization for Tropical Studies (Costa Rica); Foundational Fellow, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Some recent international meeting I have attended include:
Sept 28-Oct 3, 2014: Mendoza, Argentina, 4th International Palaeontological Congress invited lecture “Reefs: Photosynthetically-driven reef ecosystems through time”
August 18-22, 2014: Geneva, Switzerland, co-authored paper, International Sedimentological Congress 2014, “The Martin Bridge Carbonate Platform (Wallowa terrane, Northwestern USA): reassessment for a better understanding of the evolution of the Blue Mountains Province”
June 13-15, 2013: Wuhan, China, World Summit on Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction, Recovery and Extreme Climatic Changes. University of Geosciences, Wuhan. Keynote “Metazoan reef evolution in the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction”
19-22 August 2011: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 21st Canadian Palaeontology Conference. Late Triassic marine faunas from the Parsons Bay Formation, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada” (with UM grad student Hannah H. Shepherd)
22-26 August, 2011: Liège, Belgium, 11th International Symposium on Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera. “Corallosphere Project”
10-12 March, 2011: Seattle, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association Multidisciplinary Science Forum. Poster presentation “Sedimentology, corals and reef development of an ancient tropical oceanic seamount of Kyushu, Japan
PREVIOUS COURSES TAUGHT INCLUDE
Geos 106N History of Life - First-year introduction to the evolution of life and how it has impacted with geological forces in Earth history
Geos 191 (Honors) God Darwin and Dinosaurs (Taught occasionally as a UM Davidson Honors College course)
Geos 311 Paleobiology - Introduction to fossils as biological and geological objects and their use in solving problems in biology and geology
Geos 395 Special topics (individual topics consisting mostly of one-on-one interactions)
Geos 583 Advanced Topics in Stratigraphy and Paleontology Some recent topics:
- Evolution of Reef Systems
- Massive Global Climate change and Mass Extinctions
- Paleontological Techniques
Fulbright Scholar and Fellow, Senior Professor level, Germany
Smithsonian Institution Research Associate
University of Kansas Haworth Distinguished Alumni
My published work consist of books and papers and abstracts many of which are co-authored with students.