Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Gregory Burzynski

Ph.D. Paleontology

Office: Bruce 329
Email:  g.burzynski@queensu.ca
Thesis Topic:  Ediacaran Discs: Elucidating the Form and Function of the Discoid Fossils at the Roots of Metazoan Evolution
Supervisor:  Dr. Guy Narbonne   

Research Interests

Ediacaran paleoecology and paleobiology

Brief Biography

Greetings, earthlings!  My name is Greg, and I’m working on a PhD in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering here at Queen’s.  I am studying, under Guy Narbonne, the taphonomy, phylogeny, and paleobiology of the discoidal organisms that are major constituents of the oldest complex multicellular communities on Earth; these communities are known collectively as the Ediacara biota.

I was born in Santa Maria, California, and spent most of my life in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland.  I hold an Associate of Arts degree in Life Sciences from Howard Community College; a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Earth Science from Salisbury University; and a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Publications

Burzynski, G., Narbonne, G.M., 2015. The discs of Avalon: Relating discoid fossils to frondose forms in the Ediacaran of Newfoundland, Canada. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 434: 34 - 45.

Petsios, E., Dietl, G.P., Herbert, G.S., Kelley, P.H., Harries, P.J., Allmon, W.D., Burzynski, G.M., 2010. First-year growth rates and size of turritelline gastropods across the U.S. Atlantic coast Plio-Pleistocene extinction events. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 42 (1), 186.

Burzynski, G., Kelley, P.H., Tobias, C.R., 2009. How metabolic rate affects survivorship: The grim story of bivalves across a Pliocene extinction. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 41 (7), 160.

Burzynski, G., Kelley, P.H., Tobias, C.R., 2009. Bivalve survival selectivity during the late Pliocene: Was high metabolism a detriment? North American Paleontological Convention – Cincinnati Museum Center Scientific Contribution No. 3, 267-268.

Visaggi, C.C., Burzynski, G.M., Kemble, J.A., Ofalt, K.M., White, S.D., Kelley, P.H., 2008. Ecological structure of the molluscan fauna of the Plio-Pleistocene Caloosahatchee Formation of Florida. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 40(6), 373.

Baker, S., Burzynski, G., Tragert, C., Zaprowski, B., 2007. Floral composition signifying the paleoclimate of the Delmarva Peninsula during the Holocene: A palynological approach. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 39 (1), 45.


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