Broc KokeshGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Taphonomy, Paleoecology, Historical Ecology
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B.A. Geology and Biology, University of Minnesota-Morris, 2016

M.S. Paleontology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 2018

Research Interest:

Broadly, my research integrates modern ecological data with historical/fossil data to answer questions related to temporal and spatial ecological dynamics. I use various techniques (morphometrics, phylogenetics, diversity analysis, etc.) and have primarily used bivalve mollusks as a study system. Some past/current projects include:

- Morphological variation among lucinid bivalves from coastal seagrass and marine lake habitats in The Bahamas (M.S. thesis, advised under Dr. Laurie Anderson, SDSMT)

- Taxonomic sufficiency and surrogacy of benthic communities from the Palos Verdes Shelf, Southern California (Advised by Dr. Susan Kidwell)

- Ecological/taphonomic impacts of invasive Pacific green mussels (Perna viridis) in Jamaica's Kingston Harbour (Fulbright Fellowship, University of The West Indies at Mona)