Matthew E. Clapham

TitleProfessor
DivisionPhysical & Biological Sciences
DepartmentEarth & Planetary Sciences Department
AffiliationsInstitute of Marine Sciences
Phone831-459-1276
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OfficeEarth & Marine Science A208
Campus Mail StopEarth and Planetary Sciences
Matthew E. Clapham

Research Interests


  • Biotic effects of global change. How did ocean warming, acidification, and deoxygenation affect marine organisms during ancient mass extinctions? In particular, how did organism physiology influence survival during global change?

  • Rise of the modern evolutionary fauna. What led to long-term ecological change in marine ecosystems, especially the shift from brachiopod to bivalve dominance?

  • Cephalopod morphology. What controls evolutionary trends in the shell shape of ammonoid and nautilid cephalopods?

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. (2006), University of Southern California
M.Sc. (2002), Queen's University (Kingston)
B.Sc. (2000), University of British Columbia

Selected Publications

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Courses Taught

EART7 - History of Life
EART101 - Invertebrate Paleobiology
EART120 - Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
EART125 - Statistics and Data Analysis in the Geosciences