Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Lewis M. and Marian Senter Nixon Professor of Natural Sciences - Earth Sciences

Office: Scovel 120
Phone: 330-263-2247


  • B.A., Wooster 1978
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 1982

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 100: History of Life
  • GEOL 250: Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • Geology Confronts Creationism
  • First Year Seminar: Nonsense (And Why It's So Popular)

I.S. Project Examples

  • Macy Conrad 2018: "Encrusting sclerobiont paleoecology and bioerosion of oysters in the Type Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) of southwestern France"
  • Dean Thomas (2017): “Assessing the Life Modes of Conodonts Within the Decorah Shale (Late Ordovician of Northeastern Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota)”
  • Cassidy Jester (2017): “Origin and Paleoecology of ferruginous oncoids ("snuff-boxes") of the Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) in the Inferior Oolite Group of Southern England and Northern France”
  • Mae Kemsley (2016): “An Isotopic Analysis of Belemnites from the Speeton Clay Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of Filey Bay, North Yorkshire, England”
  • George Harrison (2015): "The Symbiosis Between Bioclaustrated Organisms and their Host Bryozoans in the Late Ordovician"
  • Stephanie Bosch (2014): "First Bryozoan Fauna Described from the Jurassic Tropics: Specimens from the Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic, Upper Callovian) in Southern Israel"
  • Elizabeth Reinthal (2014): "Taphonomy and Pathology of a Middle Jurassic Shallow Marine Crinoid Community (Matmor Formation, Southern Israel)"

Awards & Professional Memberships


Please see Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Philosophy

“The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks.” (Ernst Cloos, 1898-1974)


A member of the faculty since 1981, Dr. Wilson studies the evolution and paleoecology of encrusting and bioeroding invertebrates, as well as the origin and diagenesis of carbonate rocks (especially hardgrounds), calcite sea dynamics, and Pleistocene sealevel change.