Emeritus Professor George Stanley, Jr.
Dr. Stanley continues to work and lecture in China and has been active in conducting research, publishing results and giving national and international lectures. He edited with Chinese colleagues a 2018 special issue on Chinese paleo and sedimentology “Biosedimentary records of China from the Precambrian to present” for the international journal Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology. He also contributed a chapter on fossil corals in the 2018 Springer book “Coral Bleaching: Patterns, Processes, Causes and Consequences”. He was a co-author with former graduate student Hannah Shepherd and UM student Autumn Robinson, on an invited paper entitled “Paleoecological response of corals to the end-Triassic mass extinction” and results were presented at the 2018 Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Indianapolis. Last year, 2017, he helped lead a field trip and co-wrote an international field trip guide for the International Jurassic Congress in Mexico. With former doctoral student, Montana Hodges and colleagues in Mexico, he continued research on the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction and recovery of corals with field work in Sonora, Mexico and Alaska, where he and colleagues discovered the earliest post-extinction corals. Stanley also continues research and collaboration with faculty and students at the Burke Museum, Seattle, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the University of Geneva, Switzerland and fossils of the Neuquén Basin with colleagues from Argentina.
Since June 2017, Collections Manager Kallie has been a host on the PBS Digital Studios series called "Eons". This YouTube channel explores the history of life - from the Archean to the Anthropocene - and as of October 2018, this channel has 534K subscribers and several videos have surpassed 1 million views. She also wrote an article for the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the Montana Naturalist titled, "Time Traveling with a Thermometer: A Climatic Journey Through Geologic History". In the UMPC collection, she has started researching an exceptional locality near Lincoln, Montana that has amphibians with preserved soft bodies, as well as work with volunteers to continue organizing and inventorying the full collection.
(Image left: Kallie compared to Quetzalcoatlus, from the Eons episode "The Biggest Thing That Ever Flew")