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Selina R. Cole

Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology &

Assistant Professor of Geosciences

University of Oklahoma

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I am an Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Sam Noble Museum and an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at the University of Oklahoma.

My research uses the fossil record of invertebrates to investigate macroevolutionary and macroecological patterns and their driving processes over the last ~500 million  years. The two major themes forming the core of my research program are (1) extinction risk and recovery and (2) community paleoecology.


Much of my work is specimen-based, and I make  extensive use of museum collections integrated with fieldwork, phylogeny reconstruction, and a wide variety analytical approaches like phylogenetic comparative methods. I have also worked extensively on the systematics of fossil crinoids (feather stars and sea lilies) and often use crinoids as a model group for macroevolutionary investigations.