Peter TierneyGraduate Student

Research Focus:
paleontology, paleoecology, stratigraphy, carbonate sediments
Hinds 269

I am a geologist and paleontologist most currently interested in the nature of reefs as evolutionary cradles in deep time. More particularly, I am interested the evolution of habitat structure in the reef environment, and how it relates to organismal evolution and diversity in the marine realm. I study some of the earliest metazoan reefs, and examine how how organisms use and partition spaces created by then-novel structures. The working title for my dissertation is “Role of spatial heterogeneity in marine benthic diversity and origination rates, Ordovician-Devonian reefs of eastern North America”