Department of Biology and Agriculture
Dr. James Loch
Professor of Earth Science
It has been a busy 2 years since last we dug up DIRT. Classes and talking with our undergraduates continues to be a joy. My research activities have begun to build with a paper on Upper Cambrian reef-dwelling trilobites in press at the Journal of Paleontology and my dissertation manuscript on Lower Ordovician trilobites from Oklahoma in review with the Oklahoma Geological Survey. I am presently on a sabbatical leave writing a grant proposal for continued work in southern New Mexico and an article on the Lower-Middle Ordovician boundary in Nevada. Outside of WCM things are also busy with renovations on the house (anyone good with mud and tape?) and by the time you read this I will have been remarried.
In March 2003 I led Jason Shoemaker and Athena Owen to southern New Mexico to hunt trilobites. Our first objective was to collect additional trilobites from the Jose’ Oolite for Athena’s biometry project on the trilobite Aulacoparia huygenae. Our second objective was to collect trilobites from the McKelligon Formation which includes and interesting mix of trilobites known from Utah and some similar to those known from Missouri and Oklahoma. Collecting was successful on both counts and Athena and Jason got to see some of the desert southwest.
Department of Biology and Earth Sciences
Office: WCM 114, UCM