Micropaleontology is concerned with the stratigraphic and environmental history of microscopic organisms through the course of geological time. These include various nannoplankton, algal diatoms, protozoan forams and radiolarians, and crustacean ostracodes. At Michigan, museum research in this area started in 1949 with appointment of Robert V. Kesling as a Museum of Paleontology curator and Geology professor. Professor Kesling's successor, Jennifer A. Kitchell, continued some work in micropaleontology, but most of her research was in invertebrate paleontology. Janice Pappas (Assistant Research Scientist) studies diatoms and is interested in whether stasis has occurred since the Late Cretaceous. She also studies Middle Devonian ostracods from the Silica Formation in the Michigan Basin. Micropaleontology remains important in the research of professor Ingrid Hendy and emeritus professor Ted Moore, both in Earth and Environmental Sciences.
The Museum of Paleontology has teaching and research collections acquired by Robert V. Kesling during his tenure, and some donated collections such as that given by Ray Hibbard.
Micropaleontology Collection Curator
- TBD – Invertebrate Collection Manager
Please contact the museum to access the collection.