TAEM- With our Science section expanding so rapidly, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine , is constantly searching the great colleges that we are seen in to explore the many branches of science that they offer. Our student readers have shown a great interest in Marine Biology and Paleontology, and we are delighted to include a University that excels in both.
Professor George D. Stanley, Jr., of the University of Montana teaches a course that involves the study of marine fossils found on the North American continent and the surrounding oceans as well as many locations throughout the world. Professor, please tell our student readership about your own formal education and what first interested you about this particular branch of the world of science.
GS-Well my field of science is paleontology, a subject I became fascinated with at the tender age of 10. As an avid fossil collector, I dreamed of one day being a world adventurer and paleontologist and somehow I have kept up with that dream. I received a BA from the University of Tennessee and my PhD at the University of Kansas. Following my graduation, my education continued as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum where I developed a, exhibit hall of ancient life and made many valuable contacts for my career. As a Fulbright Fellow in Erlangen, Germany, I studied corals and the limestone reefs in the Alps. I guess what drew me into the field of paleontology was gorgeous fossils, life and deep time. Paleontologists really are time travellers, reconstructing the ancient past by digging up fossilized life of the past. That’s awesome in any sense. (more…)