Rodney Feldmann

Rodney Feldmann

Professor Emeritus
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Monday and Wednesday 8 - 9 am, 10:30 - 12 pm
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I received my PhD from the University of North Dakota in 1967 and was on the active faculty at Kent from 1965 until my retirement.  I continue to teach graduate-level courses in paleontology, direct graduate students in that area, and conduct grant-funded research.  I have conducted field and museum research concentrating on fossil crabs, lobsters, and shrimp since before coming to Kent.  This work has taken me to many international sites, including Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and the countries of western, central and eastern Europe.  This work is frequently conducted in collaboration with students and with Dr. Carrie Schweitzer.

Paleontology is the most exciting subject I can think of, and the most enjoyable part of teaching in paleontology is conveying that excitement to students by guiding them through the research process.  Asking, and answering, questions through the research process is the essence of education. I am very interested in working with students on research in the area of paleontology and, particularly, in helping to prepare them for professional careers as paleontologists.

I have concentrated on the systematics, evolution, ecology, and biogeography of fossil decapod crustaceans, but have also worked with other arthropod groups including phyllocarids, isopods, and horseshoe crabs.

Ph.D. University of North Dakota, 1967, M.S. University of North Dakota, 1963, B.S. University of North Dakota, 1961, University of the Pacific, Marine Biological Station, 1961, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1957-58
Biostratigraphy, Paleontology, Evolution, Crustacea, Functional Morphology, Biogeography, Natural and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Technology, Earth Sciences, Geology
  • Tashman, J. N., R. M.Feldmann, et al. 2019. Morphological variation in the Pennsylvanian horseshoe crab Euproops danae (Meek & Worthen, 1865) (Xiphosurida, Euproopidae) from the lower Mercer Shale,Windber, Pennsylvania, USA. Journal of Crustacean Biol
  • Feldmann, R. M., C. E. Schweitzer, and G. Phillips. 2019. Paleogene Decapoda (Caridea, Anomura, Axiidea, Brachyura) from Alabama and Mississippi, USA. Journal of Crustacean Biology: doi: 10.1093/jcbiol/ruz002
  • Karasawa, H., C. E. Schweitzer, and R. M. Feldmann. 2019. Part R, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 8T3: Systematic Descriptions: Superfamily Leucosioidea. Treatise Online, 115: 1-22
  • Feldmann, R. M., C. E. Schweitzer and G. E. Phillips. 2019. Oligocene pagurized gastropods from the River Bend Formation, North Carolina, USA. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 45: 7-13
  • Schweitzer, C. E., R. M. Feldmann, H. Karasawa, J. Luque, and Francisco J. Vega. 2019. New decapod crustacean (Brachyura, Raninoida) from the Lower Cretaceous Hudspeth Formation of Oregon, USA. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 45: 15-22
  • Feldmann, R. M., and C. E. Schweitzer. 2019. Earliest known sponge crab (Brachyura, Dromiidae) from the Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation, New Jersey, USA Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 45: 1-6
  • Błażejwski, B. P. Gieszcz, A. P. Shinn, R. M. Feldmann, et al. 2019. Environment deterioration and related fungal infection of Upper Jurassic horseshoe crabs with remarks on their exceptional preservation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
  • Schweitzer, C. E., W. Santana, A. Pinheiro, and R. M. Feldmann. 2018 [imprint 2019]. Redescription and illustrtion of caridean shrimp from the Cretaceous (Aptian) of Brazil. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 90: 70-75.
  • Schweitzer, C. E., R. M. Feldmann, H. Karasawa, and J. Luque. 2018. Part R, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 82: Systematic Descriptions: Section Raninoida. Treatise Online, 113: 1-42
  • Schweitzer, C. E., R. M. Feldmann, and H. Karasawa. 2018. Part R, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 8T2: Systematic Descriptions: Superfamily Carpilioidea. Treatise Online, 112: 1-24
Geological Society of America, Paleontological Society, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Northern Ohio Geological Society, Sigma Xi, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Geoscience Journal, Smithsonian Institution, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Institute, Earth Science, Paleontological Research Institution, Crustacean Society