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J B. Bennington

Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, Chair


Degrees

PHD, 1995, Virginia Polytech Inst & State; BS, 1985, Univ Rochester


Bio

Dr. J Bret Bennington is currently Professor of Geology at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York where he has been teaching since 1993. His B.S. degree in biology/geology is from the University of Rochester (1985) and his Ph.D. in geology is from Virginia Tech (1995).

His research in paleontology involves the quantitative analysis of the fossil record to learn about the evolution of ecological communities over long intervals of time. Other paleontology projects involve studies of marine ecosystems in the Devonian, Carboniferous, and Cretaceous periods, as well as the statistical analysis of fossil footprints.

Other research activities involve the glacial history and glacial geomorphology of Long Island. He is also currently working with Dr. E. Christa Farmer at Hofstra on a project studying the record of past hurricane and major storm events preserved in the marsh and bay sediments of southern Long Island.

Teaching activities include courses in physical geology, historical geology, dinosaurs, hydrology, geomorphology, paleontology, and Charles Darwin and evolution. Dr. Bennington also co-directs a study abroad program in the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador. He is a member of the Geological Society of America, the Paleontological Society, the Society for Economic Paleontology and Mineralogy, and he is currently serving on the board of the New York State Council of Professional Geologists.

Teaching Interests

Physical Geology Historical Geology Dinosaurs Earth Science Field Methods Environmental Geomorphology Hydrology Sedimentation Invertebrate Paleontology Evolutionary Ecology and Geology of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador Charles Darwin

Research Interests

Comparative community paleoecology Paleoecological interpretation of depositional environments Statistical techniques for analyzing paleoecological data Pennsylvanian cyclothems and biofacies Tetrapod ichnology Glacial geomorphology of Long Island

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BIO 110A FIELD ECOLOGY Undergraduate
BIO 203 ADVANCED FIELD ECOLOGY Graduate
GEOL 001 (NS) PLANET EARTH Undergraduate
GEOL 002 (NS) HISTORICAL GEOLOGICAL SCI Undergraduate
GEOL 033 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMORPHOLGY Undergraduate
GEOL 121 HYDROLOGY Undergraduate
GEOL 137 INVERT PALEONTOLOGY Undergraduate
GEOL 151 INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROJECTS Undergraduate
HUHC 020H EVOLUTION:DARWIN DANGEROUS IDE Undergraduate
PHI 051D PHIL EXPL: DANGEROUS IDEAS Undergraduate
SBLY 301 SUSTAINABILITY THESIS Graduate
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