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Marcus Key

Joseph Priestley Professor of Natural Philosophy (1989)

Contact Information

on sabbatical 2023-24

Kaufman Hall 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. Interested in collecting fossils and going on field expeditions? Interested in research in paleontology? Contact me to become involved with field trip excursions, fossil collecting, or with laboratory work and research.

Curriculum Vitae


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


  • Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2004-2005