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Rodney Feldmann

Professor Emeritus

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.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Guyer, G. S., C. E. Schweitzer, and R. M. Feldmann. 2014. First record of decapod crustaceans (Astacidea, Stenochiridae) from the Gypsum Springs Formation (Jurassic) of Wyoming, USA. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 40: 1-11.

Karasawa, H., C. E. Schweitzer, R. M. Feldmann, and J. Luque. 2014. Phylogeny and classification of Raninoida (Decapoda: Brachyura). Journal of Crustacean Biology, 34: 216-272.

Bracken-Grissom, H. D., S. T. Ahyong, R. D. Wilkinson, R. M. Feldmann, C. E. Schweitzer, J. W. Breinholt, M. Bendall, F. Palero, T.-Y. Chan, D. L. Felder, R. Robles, K.-H. Chu, L.-M. Tsang, K. Dohyup, J. W. Martin, and K. A. Crandall. 2014. The emergence of the lobsters: Phylogenetic relationships, morphological evolution and divergence time comparisons of an ancient group (Decapoda: Achelata, Astacidea, Glypheidea, Polychelida). Systematic Biology, doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syu008.

Huang, J., R. M. Feldmann, C. E. Schweitzer, S. Hu, C. Zhou, M. J. Benton, Q. Zhang, W. Wen, and T. Xie. 2013. A new shrimp (Decapoda, Dendrobranchiata, Penaeoidea) from the Middle Triassic of Yunnan, southwest China. Journal of Paleontology, 87: 603-611.

Klompmaker, A. A., C. E. Schweitzer, R. M. Feldmann, and M. Kowalewski. 2013. The influence of reefs on the rise of Mesozoic marine crustaceans. Geology, 41:1179-1182.

Feldmann, R. M., C. E. Schweitzer, and H. Karasawa. 2013. Part R, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 8F: Systematic descriptions: Infraorder Palaeopalaemonida. Treatise Online, 59: 1-2.

Feldmann, R. M., C. E. Schweitzer, H. Karasawa, G. Schweigert, and A. Garassino. 2013. Part R, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 8G: Systematic descriptions: Infraorder Polychelida. Treatise Online, 60: 1-10.

Research Areas
  • Paleontology
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Biogeography

Geological Society of America, (Co-Chairman of field trip for North-Central Section Meeting, 1974;  Vice-President, North-Central Section, 1985-86)
Paleontological Society, (Co-editor of the Journal of Paleontology, 1977-83; organizer and Chairman of the North-Central Section; Member and Chairman, Constitution Revision Committee; Co-editor of Memoirs; Member of the National Council; Councilor-two terms; President-elect, 1991-92; President, 1992-93; Past-President, 1993-1994).
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (Academic Liaison Committee)
Northern Ohio Geological Society (past President)
Sigma Xi (Secretary; President, 1992-94)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Chapter Advisor; Editor of Compass; National Historian; National  Vice-President, Northeastern Province, 1994-Present)
Geoscience Journal (Member of Editorial Board, 1980's)
Smithsonian Institution (Research Associate)
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Research Associate)
Carnegie Institute (Research Associate)
Earth Science (Coordinator of paleontological articles, 1980's)
Paleontological Research Institution (Trustee, 2005-Present, 1st Vice President, 2007-2008, President, 2008 - Present

Rodney Feldmann
Department of Geology

Spring 2014 office hours:
McGilvrey Hall 347
Monday and Wednesday
10:00 - 10:50 am
1:00 - 2:00 pm
or by appointment, or walk-in

Phone: 330-672-2506
Fax: 330-672-7949