Faculty Profile

Marcus Key

Joseph Priestley Professor of Natural Philosophy (1989), Department Chair

Contact Information


Kaufman Building Room 143


His teaching interests are sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, evolution, extinction, energy resources, and sustainability. His research interests involve inferring evolutionary and sedimentary patterns and processes using fossil and living bryozoans. His current research involves evolution of biomineralization, marine biofouling, functional morphology of bryozoans, and geoarcheology.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1983
  • M.Phil., Yale University, 1986
  • Ph.D., 1988

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

ERSC 309 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Completion of both ERSC 305 and ERSC 309 fulfills the WR Requirement.