Wesleyan portrait of Ellen  Thomas

Ellen Thomas

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 2017
CIS 221 - 01
Research Frontiers Sciences I

Spring 2018
CIS 222 - 01
Research Frontiers Sciences II

E&ES 236 - 01
Mass Extinctions in the Oceans