Curator, Vertebrate Paleontology, MSU Museum
Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Integrative Biology (adjunct)
Mike Gottfried's research focus has mainly revolved around vertebrate evolution in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly the evolution and spread of vertebrates across the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. These field research-based projects include collecting and studying Cretaceous-age fossils from Madagascar, and the initially very poorly known Cretaceous record of sub-Sarahan Africa through discoveries in Tanzania. In more recent years Mike has also worked in the Canadian Arctic studying the fossil record from the 'Greenhouse Earth' interval of maximum global warming that peaked 50 million years ago. Other continuing projects include studies on the evolutionary history of Great White Sharks and their fossil relatives, further documenting the fossil record of fishes and sharks from New Zealand, and a new project examining the 'deep time' record and intriguing geological history of the subantarctic Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas).
Selected Recent Publications
Ph.D., Systematics and Ecology (Paleontology), University of Kansas, 1991
M.Ph., Systematics and Ecology (Paleontology), University of Kansas, 1987