Dr Laurel Collins

Principal Investigator
  • Siphonina pulchra Cushman, fossil benthic foraminiferan from the lower Pleistocene Moín Formation, Caribbean Costa Rica

About the Project

My students and I investigate environmental changes of the geological and historical past. The originations, extinctions and diversity of taxa, together with their ecology/paleoecology, are used to identify evolutionary, biogeographic, paleoceanographic, paleoclimatic and tectonic trends through time. Current research projects include the rise of the Isthmus of Panama, paleobiogeography of Caribbean deepsea benthic foraminifera, seagrass history and environmental changes in Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and degradation of coastal environments with human occupation (Panama) and sea-level change (SW Florida).

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