UM Lecture to Examine Mass Extinctions

October 12, 2015

MISSOULA – George Stanley, an accomplished paleontologist and University of Montana geosciences professor, will discuss mass extinctions during the next installment of the Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series at UM.

Stanley will present “Mass Extinctions in Geologic Time and the Implications for the Past, Present and Future” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the third-floor University Center North Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“In the geologic past, numerous mass extinctions severely pruned the great tree of life,” Stanley said. “One of the five largest killed off the dinosaurs. While many scientists focus on unravelling the causes, others gain insight by analyzing the post-extinction aftermath when the lonely survivors recover. Such insight may help us better understand the present-day ecological crisis and possibly avert the sixth mass extinction, which appears to be looming increasingly near.”

Stanley’s research and teaching experiences are international in scope, dealing with paleontology and paleoecology, modern and ancient reefs, and Mesozoic paleontology. He lectures and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in paleontology and evolution, leads field trips and supervises masters and doctoral-level research students.

Stanley also directs the UM Paleontology Center ( and was named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in late 2014.


Contact: George Stanley, UM paleontologist and geosciences professor, 406-243-5693,