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Connie Soja

Connie Soja

Professor of Geology
Geology, 343 Ho Science Center
p 315-228-7200

Degrees

BA, Denison University, 1977; PhD, University of Oregon, 1985

Teaching Experience

Smith College; University of Oregon

Teaching Specialties

Evolution: Dinosaurs to Darwin; Paleontology of Marine Life; Seminar on Reefs; Tropical Field Course on Modern and Pleistocene Reefs; Darwin and the Victorian Age of Discovery; Tectonics and Earth History; The "Sixth Extinction" (FSEM)

Professional Experience

U.S. Geological Survey; U.S. Forest Service

Distinctions

  • Colgate Presidential Scholar; University Professor
  • Phi Eta Sigma Professor of the Year
  • Alumni citation at Denison University
  • Several NSF grants, Colgate Picker Fellowships, National Academy of Science grant, Pew grants, GSA research grants; numerous other awards and grants

Board Membership

Past President and Trustee, Paleontological Research Institution (Ithaca, NY)

Publications

(*indicates student author)

Soja, C.M. 2012. Reefs as the centralizing theme in an undergraduate paleontology course. Paleontological Society Special Paper: in press. 

Pellegrini, A.F.A.,* Soja, C.M., and Minjin, C. 2012. Post-tectonic limitations on Early Devonian (Emsian) reef development in the Gobi-Altai region, Mongolia. Lethaia, v. 45:46-61. Click here to view pdf version

Soja C.M. 2011. The last good buy: Birds in the new age of extinction. American Paleontologist, v. 19 (4):10-16. Click here to view pdf version

Soja, C.M., Minjin, C., Myrow, P., and Over, D.J. 2010. Paleozoic paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Gobi-Altai terrane, Mongolia. In de Wet, A.P., and Heister, L. Keck Geology Consortium. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Keck Research Symposium in Geology:182-199. Click here to view pdf version

Soja, C.M. 2009. Keck-Mongolia Field Guidebook 2009. 119 p.

Reitman, N.,* Gillikin, D.P., Chuluun, M., Myrow, P., Over, J. and Soja, C.M. 2010. Paleoecology and chemostratigraphy of the Amansair and Tsagaanbulag Formations, Gobi-Altai terrane, Shine Jinst, Mongolia. G.S.A. Abstracts with Programs: Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 136. Click for Abstract

Amo, Z.,* Over, J., Minjin, C., Myrow, P. and Soja, C.M. 2010. Givetian (Middle Devonian) Opsiconidion (Phylum Brachiopoda, Class Inarticulata, Order Acrotretida) from the Govialtai Formation, Shine Jinst region, southern Mongolia. G.S.A. Abstracts with Programs: Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 65. Click for Abstract

Soja, C.M. 2009. Darwin in Colgate University’s Geology, Core, and UK study abroad curricula. G.S.A. Abstracts with Programs, v. 41 (7):368.

Soja, C.M. 2009. Applying terrane analysis in Alaska to unraveling the Paleozoic paleobiogeography of Mongolia. G.S.A. Abstracts with Programs, v. 41 (5):11.

Author of "Unscrambling dinosaur eggs" (American Paleontologist, 2008) [cover story and feature article]

Author of "Silurian-bearing terranes of Alaska" (in The Terrane Puzzle: New Perspectives on Paleontology and Stratigraphy from the North American Cordillera, 2008)

Co-author of "Provenance, depositional setting, and tectonic implications of Silurian polymictic conglomerates in Alaska's Alexander terrane" with Colgate student (in The Terrane Puzzle: New Perspectives on Paleontology and Stratigraphy from the North American Cordillera, 2008)

Author of "Silurian metazoan bioherms and biostromes, southeastern Alaska (Alexander terrane)" (in Facies from Palaeozoic Reefs and Bioaccumulations, 2007)

Co-author of "Silurian skeletal stromatolite reefs, southeastern Alaska (Alexander terrane) and Ural Mountains, Russia with Colgate student, A.I. Antoshkina and B. White (in Facies from Palaeozoic Reefs and Bioaccumulations, 2007)

Co-author of "Late Silurian reconstruction indicated by migration of reef biota between Alaska, the Urals, and Siberia (Salair)" with A.I. Antoshkina (Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar, 2006)

Author of "Fossil microbial reefs" (McGraw Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, 2005)

Co-author of "Paleoecology of sponge-hydroid associations in Silurian microbial reefs" with four Colgate students, A.I. Antoshkina and B. White (Palaios, 2003)

"Debating whether dinosaurs should be 'cloned' from ancient DNA to promote cooperative learning in an introductory evolution course" with D. Huerta (Journal of Geoscience Education, 2001)

"Development and decline of a Silurian stromatolite reef complex, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska" with B. White, A.I. Antoshkina, and four Colgate students (Palaios, 2000)

"Using an experiment in burial taphonomy to delve into the fossil record" (Journal of Geoscience Education, 1999)

"Coeval development of Silurian stromatolite reefs in Alaska and the Ural Mountains: implications for paleogeography of the Alexander terrane" with A.I. Antoshkina (Geology, 1997)

"Island-arc carbonates: characterization and recognition in the ancient geologic record" (Earth-Science Reviews, 1996)

"Taphonomy and paleobiological implications of Middle Devonian (Eifelian) nautiloid concentrates, Alaska" with B. White and three Colgate students (Palaios, 1996)

"Early Devonian paleomagnetic data from the Lower Devonian Karheen Formation suggest Laurentia-Baltica connection for the Alexander terrane" with D.R. Bazard, R.F. Butler, and G. Gehrels (Geology, 1995)

"Significance of Silurian stromatolite-sphinctozoan reefs" (Geology, 1994)

Numerous other articles and abstracts