Mark A. Wilson

Mark Wilson

Professor of Geology; Lewis M. and Marian Senter Nixon Professor of Natural Sciences

Department/Affiliation: Geology
Phone: 330-263-2247
Office Address: 120 Scovel


  • B.A., Wooster 1978
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 1982

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 100: History of Life
  • GEOL 250: Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • Geology Confronts Creationism
  • First Year Seminar: Nonsense (And Why It's So Popular)

I.S. Project Examples

  • Richa Ekka (2013): "Stratigraphy and paleoenvironments of the Soeginina Beds (Paadla Formation, Lower Ludlow, Upper Silurian) and Saaremaa Island, Estonia"
  • Jonah Novek (2013): "Analysis of a Rhuddanian (Llandovery, Lower Silurian) sclerobiont community in the Hilliste Formation on Hiiumaa Island, Estonia: a hard substrate-dwelling relict fauna"
  • Melissa Torma (2013): "The paleoecology of a brachiopod-bearing marly subunit of the Matmor Formation, Israel: A Middle Jurassic shallow marine environment near the equator"
  • Nick Fedorchuk (2012): "Stratigraphy and paleoecology of the Wenlock/Ludlow boundary at Saaremaa Island, Estonia"
  • Rachel Matt (2012): "Paleoecology of the Hilliste Formation (Lower Silurian, Llandovery, Rhuddanian) Hiiumaa Island, Estonia: an example of a shallow marine recovery fauna"
  • Andrew Retzler (2011): "Paleoecological Reconstruction of the Makhtesh Ramon Structure, Southern Israel, Using Shark Teeth from the Menuha Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Santonian"
  • Megan Innis (2011): "Marine Hard Substrate Communities at the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary in Alabama and Mississippi (USA)"

Awards & Professional Memberships

Please see Curriculum Vitae


Please see Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Philosophy

“The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks.” (Ernst Cloos, 1898-1974)


A member of the faculty since 1981, Dr. Wilson studies the evolution and paleoecology of encrusting and bioeroding invertebrates, as well as the origin and diagenesis of carbonate rocks (especially hardgrounds), calcite sea dynamics, and Pleistocene sealevel change.