Rodney Feldmann

Rodney Feldmann

Professor Emeritus
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Monday and Wednesday, 8:15 - 9:15 am, and 10:30 am - 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


  • Tang HY, Mychko EV, Feldmann RM, Schweitzer CE, Shaari H, Sone M. Malayacyclus gen. nov., the first Southeast Asian Cyclida (Crustacea) from the Early Carboniferous of Terengganu, Malaysia. Geological Journal. 2021;1–9
  • Bahman, H., R. M. Feldmann, and C. E Schweitzer. 2020. Systematics and paleoecology of Miocene brachyuran crabs (Decapoda: Brachyura: Cancroidea, Portunidae) from the St. Marys Formation, Maryland, USA. Journal of Crustacean Biology.
  • Schweitzer, C. E., R. M. Feldmann, and H. Karasawa. 2020. Part R, Revised. Volume 1, Chapter 8T10: Systematic descriptions: Superfamily Eriphioidea. Treatise Online, 132: 1-18.
  • Schweitzer, C. E., R. M. Feldmann, and H. Karasawa. 2020. Part R, Revised. Volume 1, Chapter 8T9: Systematic descriptions: Superfamily Parthenopoidea. Treatise Online, 131: 1-11.
  • Feldmann, R. M., C. E. Schweitzer, and J. W. Haggart. 2020. A new erymoid lobster (Decapoda: Glypheidea: Erymidae) from the Upper Cretaceous of British Colombia, Canada, and a summary of Erymoidea from North America. Journal of Crustacean Biology, doi:10.
  • Schweitzer, C. E., and R. M. Feldmann. 2020. Part R, Revised. Volume 1, Chapter 8T8: Systematic descriptions: Superfamilies Bellioidea, Bythograeoidea, Dairoidea, and Palicoidea. Treatise Online, 130: 1-8
  • Clark, N. D. L., R. M. Feldmann, F. R. Schram, and C. E. Schweitzer. 2020. Redescription of Americlus rankini (Woodward, 1868) (Pancrustacea: Cyclida: Americlidae) and interpretation of its systematic placement, morphology, and paleoecology. Journal of Cr
  • Schweitzer, C. E., and R. M. Feldmann. 2019. Part R, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 8T7: Systematic descriptions: Superfamily Cancroidea. Treatise Online 126: 1-19.
  • Mychko, E. V., R. M. Feldmann, C. E. Schweitzer, and A. S. Alekseev. 2019. New genus of Cyclidae (Crustacea) from Lower Carboniferous (Viséan) of Russia and England and a new species from Viséan of Russia. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Abh
  • Schweitzer, C. E., and R. M. Feldmann. 2019. Part R, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 8T5: Systematic descriptions: Superfamily Aethroidea. Treatise Online 123: 1-9.


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