Wesleyan portrait of Ellen  Thomas

Ellen Thomas

Smith Curator of Paleontology of the Joe Webb Peoples Museum of Natural History

Harold T. Stearns Professor of Integrative Sciences

University Professor in the College of Integrative Sciences

Exley Science Center, 459
860-685-2238

Research Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Exley Science Center, 459
860-685-2238

ethomas@wesleyan.edu

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BS University of Utrecht
MS University of Utrecht
PHD University of Utrecht

Ellen Thomas

I investigate benthic foraminifera (eukaryotic unicellular organisms) as proxies for the impact of changes in environment and climate on living organisms on various time scales, from millions of years to decades. I study foraminiferal assemblages, as well as trace element and isotope composition of their shells. Foraminifera live in salt or at least brackish water, so I concentrate on the oceans, from the deep sea up into tidal salt marshes. I am working to bring the  fossil collections in the Wesleyan Museum more in the spotlight. For more information, see my webpage either at Wesleyan or at Yale. I am interested in working with 3D scans and prints of foraminifera

  • 2015-present: University Professor, College of Integrated Sciences, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  • 2005-present: Senior Research Scientist, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, New Haven CT
  • 2012-2016: Consultant in Paleobiology, American Museum of Natural History, NY.
  • 1997-present: Research Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  • 2013: Leverhulme Visiting Professor, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK
  • 2005: Visiting Professor, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geologico- Ambientali, Universita' di Bologna, Bologna, ITALY
  • 1991-2005: Research Affiliate, Center for Study of Global Change, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, New Haven CT
  • 1994-1995: Faculty Fellow, Associated Kyoto Program, Doshisha University, Kyoto, JAPAN
  • 1992-1997: Research Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA
  • 1990-1992: Senior Lecturer in Marine Micropalaeontology, Department of Earth Sciences and Sub-department of Quaternary Research, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1990-1992: University Fellow, New Hall College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1985-1990: Associate Research Scientist, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA
  • 1989-1990: Chief Scientist, Thames Science Center, New London, CT, USA
  • 1984-1989: Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA
  • 1982-1984: Assistant Research Geologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
  • 1979-1982: Faculty Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
  • 1975-1979: Instructor and Curator of Micropaleontological Collections, University of Utrecht, Netherlands EDUCATION Ph.D.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

  • Monday: 1-4 pm
  • Thursday 10 am - noon
  • Friday 10 am-noon

If you want to meet at some other time, send me an e-mail.

Open door policy: if I am in my office, please come in. 

Courses

Fall 2018
CIS 221 - 01
Research Frontiers Sciences I

Spring 2019
CIS 222 - 01
Research Frontiers Sciences II