Tag: Jocelyn A. Sessa
Jocelyn Sessa is a paleobiologist and faculty instructor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Her research melds fossil and modern data to elucidate the response of mollusks to environmental stresses, such as climatic shifts and mass extinction events, across both space and time. Mollusks are the primary focus of her research because they are well preserved and abundant in fossil and modern assemblages (and quite beautiful!). Additionally, the chemistry of mollusk shells records seasonal temperature variations, which she uses to reconstruct past climates. Jocelyn has tracked the response of mollusks to the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction, to the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, one of the best geological examples of a rapid global warming event, and to the evolution of oceanographic parameters in the Pleistocene.
Dr. Jocelyn A. Sessa, Division of Paleontology and Division of Education, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, USA.