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Meet a Paleontologist

Arthur J. Boucot Dr. Boucot has done field work all over the globe, in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica.

Arthur J. Boucot

Retired Professor of Geology & Zoology

Oregon State University

NFD Kid's Page Interview...

What are you working on now?

I'm now doing a little bit with some Alaskan Devonian brachiopods, global paleobiogeography of the Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian, plus more work on evidences of behavior preserved in the fossil record (2 books published already on this one).

Where did you go to school? What were some of your favorite classes that you took?

I got my B.S. at Harvard in 1948, doctorate in 1953. Some of my favorite classes were paleontology, mineralogy, regional geology, and biostratigraphy.

Was there an experience you had that made you realize you wanted to be a paleontologist?

I became interested in fossils as a small child.

What is your most memorable experience working with fossils?

Most memorable experience with fossils--can't think of any single item--there have been a large number from many parts of the world.

Do you have any advice for aspiring paleontologists?

Collect fossils in your neighborhood and then get local experts to help you identify them and learn more about them.

Learn more about Dr. Boucot:

Dr. Boucot has worked as a professor at several schools, including Harvard, MIT, California Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, and Oregon State University; has worked as a Smithsonian Institution Research Fellow; has worked for the USGS; has organized many Symposia on Paleontology; and has been a member of many Paleontological Societies and Journal editorial boards.

Dr. Boucot focuses his research on marine benthic community paleoecology, historical biogeography, behavioral evidence from the fossil record, integration of the evolutionary evidence from the fossil record, and the ecology, biogeography and taxonomy of Paleozoic gastropods and brachiopods.

Dr. Boucot published the books 'Principles of Marine Benthic Paleoecology' and 'Evolutionary Paleobiology of Behavior and Coevolution', which both were major contributions to the field of paleontology.

NFD Kid's Page Paleontologist Interviews:

Cassi Knight  Roy Plotnick  Thomas Holtz  Sidney Ash  Joshua Samuels  Alan Titus  Vince Santucci  Josh Bonde 
Michelle Pinsdorf  Glenn W. Storrs  Rebecca Hunt-Foster  Arthur J. Boucot  Robert B. Blodgett  Greg McDonald  Eric Scott  Sally Shelton 
Hans Deitre-Sues  Jim Kirkland  Alton Dooley  Karen Chin  Erica Clites  Katie Loughney  Richard Kissel  Andrew Heckert 
John Repetski  Christy Visaggi  John Hoganson  Scott Foss  Bruce Schumacher  Scott Sampson  Greg Liggett  Jere Lipps 
Matthew Miller  David Brezinski  James Hagadorn  Kari Prassack  Tony Fiorillo  Mike Fracasso  Diana Boudreau  Phil Varela 
Mindy Householder  Andrew Milner  Don Prothero  Bill Parker  Kenshu Shimada  Jason Schein  Robyn Henderek 

Cassi Knight
Roy Plotnick
Thomas Holtz
Sidney Ash
Joshua Samuels
Alan Titus
Vincent Santucci
Josh Bonde
Michelle Pinsdorf
Glenn W. Storrs
Rebecca Hunt-Foster
Arthur J. Boucot
Robert B. Blodgett
Greg McDonald
Eric Scott
Sally Shelton
Hans Deitre-Sues
Jim Kirkland
Alton Dooley
Karen Chin
Erica Clites
Katie Loughney
Richard Kissel
Andrew Heckert
John Repetski
Christy Visaggi
John Hoganson
Scott Foss
Bruce Schumacher
Scott Sampson
Greg Liggett
Jere Lipps
Matthew Miller
David Brezinski
James Hagadorn
Kari Prassack
Tony Fiorillo
Mike Fracasso
Diana Boudreau
Phil Varela
Mindy Householder
Andrew Milner
Don Prothero
Bill Parker
Kenshu Shimada
Jason Schein
Robyn Henderek


Last updated: June 12, 2013