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Climate, Ecology, and Evolution

Professor Ivany’s work fits broadly into the fields of earth history and paleobiology.  Most research projects lie at the intersection of marine paleoecology and paleoclimate, and relate to how ecosystems and their component taxa evolve and respond to changes in the physical environment on a variety of temporal and spatial scales.  Many studies incorporate the stable isotopic chemistry of accretionary skeletal hard parts to reconstruct records of life history, seasonality, and environment in deep time.

Research Areas

- field-based study of environment and faunas through time

- use of stable isotopes in paleoecology and paleoclimate

- climatic and biotic evolution in the Paleogene

- significance of oxygen isotope values in the Paleozoic

- dynamics of ecosystems on geological time scales