As a rabid marine paleoecologist by spirit and a non-applied scientist by training, I have pursued obscure truths about dead things from a dusty past for over a decade now. And, I have found paleoecology everything I hoped for, and more. It is a discipline that is intellectually challenging, offers intriguing historical questions, and, above all, has a certain methodological, shall we say, flexibility that makes it a true art among sciences. We walk a thin line between what is creative but still scientifically acceptable and what is speculative and of dubious value. After all, we hope to understand the...
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Applied Marine Paleoecology: An Oxymoron or Reality?
1Michał Kowalewski, an eclectic geobiologist, literature scavenger, and data-free paleontologist, has worked on research topics including morphometrics, predation, taphonomy, amino-acid geochronology, stable isotope geochemistry, and computer modeling. He has no fear on tackling on any new project in any discipline—he simply doesn't know enough about any thing to be afraid of it. Michal obtained his M.S. in geology (stratigraphy and exploration) from the University of Warsaw and his Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Arizona. His mentors, Antoni Hoffman in Warsaw and Karl Flessa in Tucson, tried very hard to teach him how to do science and clearly succeeded, sort of. Michal held a series of research positions on various continents doing an assortment of projects ranging from Cambrian trace fossils to Recent mollusks. He was a post-doctoral researcher in Tucson, Arizona, a research scientist in Warsaw, Poland, a visiting scientist in Botucatu, Brazil, and a Humboldt Fellow in Tübingen, Germany. He is currently an assistant professor of geobiology in the Department of Geological Sciences of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he successfully harassed Richard Bambach into retirement. Here, he is pictured doing what he does best: exhaustive fieldwork.
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PALAIOS (2001) 16 (4): 309-310.
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MICHAŁ KOWALEWSKI; Applied Marine Paleoecology: An Oxymoron or Reality?. PALAIOS ; 16 (4): 309–310. doi: https://doi.org/10.1669/0883-1351(2001)016<0309:AMPAOO>2.0.CO;2
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