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Dr. David Krause
(631) 444-3117

Dr. Krause's research interests pertain primarily to the evolutionary history of mammals, though he is involved in many aspects of the geology and paleontology of both the Madagascar and Montana projects. He is also the founder of the non-profit Madagascar Ankizy Fund, an organization dedicated to providing education and health care to Malagasy children living in remote areas of the island.

Dr. Maureen O’Leary
(631) 444-3730

Dr. O’Leary is an accomplished systematic paleontologist. One of her primary interests is in the combination of paleontological and molecular data sets to improve inferences about the origins and evolutionary history of whales.

Dr. Alan H. Turner
(631) 444-8203

Dr. Turner is involved in the Mahajanga Basin Project in Madagascar, working primarily on the crocodyliforms. He is also involved in a collaborative field project in the Late Triassic Chinle Formation in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico where he is studying the rise of dinosaurs.



Virginia Heiseyy
(631) 444-3171

Virginia received her B.S. in biology and chemistry from Elizabethtown College and M.S. in Anatomy from Case Western Reserve University. At the Cleveland Museum of Natural History she apprenticed with Ian Macadie, a pioneer in acetic acid technique on hiatus from the British Museum of Natural History. As supervisory museum technician under Drs. Dave Dunkel and Mike Williams, she prepared much of the I-71 salvage collection of Cleveland Shale Devonian fish, and the bulk of the Mississippian tetrapods from Greer, W. Va., described by Al Romer. In 1980, Virginia designed and equipped a fossil prep lab for the Buffalo Museum of Science, and authored a handbook to assist the curator in its proper use. At Stony Brook, Virginia prepares fossils primarily for Dr. David Krause. These have included early mammals from North America and a rich fauna from the Cretaceous of Madagascar. As the need for more adequate preparation at Stony Brook became increasingly apparent, she directed the design and equipment of the new preparation facility


Joe Groenke
(631) 444-3171

Joe received a B.S. in Resource Ecology and Management and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Michigan. He began volunteering at the UM Museum of Paleontology's Vertebrate Fossil Preparation Lab in 1996 and trained throughout his undergraduate education under Chief Preparator Dr. William Sanders. In 2000 he became the Assistant Preparator and helped to prepare, mold, and cast the first early archeocete whales with articulated limbs, described by Dr. Philip Gingerich. Since 2002 Joe has been the Molding and Casting Technician in the Stony Brook Vertebrate Fossil Prep Lab, replicating important specimens that will be returned to Mali and Madagascar for curation.

Stony Brook University
Department of Anatomical Sciences
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Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 444-3171
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