Robert A. Gastaldo

Faculty Emeritus (Retired)

Box 5807

Phone: 207-859-5807
Fax: 207-859-5868
Mailing Address:
5807 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8858
Gastaldo, Robert A.


B.A. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325, 5/72
M.S. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901, 5/75
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 6290l, 8/78

Areas of Expertise

  • Evolution of terrestrial plants and peat-forming environments
  • Paleoecology and taphonomy
  • Extinctions & recovery
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Deep Time climate proxies


A description of Professor Gastaldo's Pedagogy and Courses is available at the link provided above.

Professional Information

Fulbright Fellowship, Sub-Saharan Africa, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa 2013
Paleontological Society Fellow 2008-present
Distinguished Service Award, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) 2008
PALAIOS 2004 Best Paper Award - Honorable Mention
Councilor-at-Large, Paleontological Society, 2002-2004
College of Science & Mathematics Research Award, Auburn University (Physical Sciences) 1997-1998
Smithsonian Institution Short-Term Visitor 1997
NSF EAR Geology & Paleontology Panel Member 1997-2000
Member, SEPM Council 1996-2002
Distinguished Lecturer, GSA Coal Geology Division 1996-1998
Fellow, Geological Society of America 1994-present
Distinguished Lecturer, Paleontological Society 1994-1995; 1995-1996
Adjunct Professor of Geology, University of Pennsylvanian, Department of Geology 1992-present
Senior U.S. Research Award, Forschungspreistr�ger, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn 1991-1992; 2012.
Chairman, Coal Division, Geological Society of America 1991-1992; Chairman-elect 1990-1991
Alumni Professorship, Auburn University 1990-1991; 1992-1996
Visiting Curator, Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago 1986-1987 (NSF BSR 8702337 curatorial grant)
Research Collaborator, Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institution (renewed 1998-present)
President, Southeastern Section Paleontological Society 1986-87; President-elect 1985-86
Fulbright Fellowship, Netherlands American Commission for Educational Exchange, Laboratory of Paleobotany and Palynology, Utrecht, The Netherlands 1982
Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society
Member Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society of North America

Current Research


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