*Photo credit: Steve Thurston of the American Museum of Natural History, NY, NY.


2014                                    PhD in Geology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Thesis Title: Paleoecology of Late Cretaceous methane cold-seeps of the Pierre Shale, South Dakota

Supervisor: Neil H. Landman

2011                                                                    MA in Geology, Brooklyn College  – City University of New York

Thesis Title: Taxonomy and taphonomy of enigmatic Burgess Shale-type fossils of the Wheeler Formation, Utah

Supervisor: Wayne G. Powell

2007                                                                     BA in Studio Art, Hunter College – City University of New York

Employment History

2018 – present Clinical Assistant Professor

University at Buffalo, Department of Geology, Buffalo,  New York

Classes taught: Natural Hazards, Climate Change, Sedimentology & Paleontology, and Introduction to Geologic Mapping & Communication, Freshman Seminar: Mass Extinctions, Advanced Stratigraphy

Education Outreach Creator & Coordinator of the NYS accredited Earth Ed summer institute and year-long professional development & outreach program

2011 – 2016        Adjunct Assistant Professor

Hunter College, Department of Geography, New York, New York

Courses taught: Introduction to Geology Lecture & Lab, Weather & Climate Lab, Geomorphology Lecture & Lab, Introduction to Environmental Science, and Macaulay’s Honors College – Seminar 3 (Urban Ecology)

2013 –2016         Adjunct Lecturer

Pace University, Department of Chemistry & Physical Sciences, New York, New York

Courses taught: Intro to the Physical World Lecture and Lab    

2010 − 2013       Adjunct Lecturer

Brooklyn College, Department of Geology, Brooklyn, New York

Courses taught: Geology Core Lecture and Lab, Environmental Learning Community Lab,

Geology 101 Lab

2009 − 2011       National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship

Brooklyn College GK12 City-as-Lab and Academy of Urban Planning High School, Brooklyn, New York

2006 − 2009      Science Instructor for Professional DevelopmentNew York Hall of Science, Corona, New York

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • K.C. Meehan and P. Bembia, 2020, Mud volcano derived carbonate pipe concretions from the Late Devonian Pipe Creek Shale, Appalachian Basin, western New York. (In review)
  • I. Li, K. Bartlett, C. Kowalski, P. Bembia, and K.C. Meehan, 2020, Paleoecology and predominance facies of Late Devonian Foraminifera in deltaic sequences of the Appalachian Basin, Western New York, U.S.A. ( In review)
  • K.C. Meehan, C. Kowalski, K. Bartlett, I. Li and P. Bembia, 2020, Successful complete digestions and extraction of microfossils from well lithified Devonian shale beds in western New York. Stratigraphy v. 17, no. 3, p. 205 – 212.
  • N.H. Landman, J.K. Cochran, J. Brezina, N.L. Larson, M.P. Garb, K.C. Meehan, and C. Myers, 2019, Methane Seeps in the Upper Cretaceous U.S. Western Interior, In, Kiel, S., (ed.) Title TBD, Cephalopods – present and past. (in press)
  • K.C. Meehan, M. Mego Vela, N.V. Gilles, Y.O. Chow, C. Koo, B. Lopez, Y. Wolfe, and S.A. George, 2018, Foraminifera from Upper Campanian Pierre Shale methane cold-seeps, South Dakota. Cretaceous Research, v. 39, p. 1 – 13. doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2018.03.023
  • K.C. Meehan and H. Salmun, 2016 Integrating Technology in Today’s Undergraduate Classrooms: A Look at Students Perspectives: Journal of College Science Teaching v. 46, no. 1, p. 39 – 48.
  • K.C. Meehan, and N.H. Landman, 2016. Faunal Associations in methane cold-seeps from the Upper Cretaceous Pierre Shale, South Dakota: Palaios, v. 31, p. 280 – 290.
  • J.K. Cochran, N.H. Landman, N.L. Larson, K.C. Meehan, M. Garb, and J. Brezina, 2015.  Methane seeps as ammonite habitats evidence from O, C and Sr in well-preserved shells from methane seeps in the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Pierre Shale: Swiss Journal of Paleontology, v. 134, no.2, p. 1 – 13.
  • N. Larson, J. Brezina, N.H Landman, O. Tatsuo, M.P. Garb, and K.C. Handle, 2013. Hydrocarbon seeps: Habitats that preserved the diversity of fauna in the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway: Wyoming Geological Society Field Guide.
  • K.C. Handle and W.G. Powell, 2012. Morphologically simple enigmatic fossils from the Wheeler Formation, Utah: A comparative analysis: Palaios, v. 27, p. 304 – 316.

Recent Conference Papers and Presentations

  • T.K.P. Gregg, J.T. Boyle, K.C. Meehan, M. Jadamec, J.D. Briner, 2020. Covid-19 and Field Training: U. at Buffalo’s summer virtual mapping course, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 52, no. 6
  • K.C. Meehan, K. Bartlett, C. Kowalski, G. Lash, P. Bembia, 2019. Co-occurrence of microspherules and concretion beds in Devonian shale beds in Western New York. Northeastern Geological Society of America Meeting, Portland, Maine.
  • K.C. Meehan, and N.H. Landman, 2014. Faunal Associations with fluid flow rates in Late Cretaceous methane cold-seeps from the Pierre Shale, South Dakota. Geological Society of America National Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
  • K.C. Meehan, N.H. Landman, H.C. Connolly Jr., and A.M. Krawchuk, 2014. Ancient methane cold-seep structure, mineralogy, and apparent fluid flow rates. Geological Society of America National Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
  • M. Mego Vela, K.C Meehan, N.H. Landman, and E. Thomas, 2014. Foraminifera of ancient methane cold-seeps as paleodepth indicators in the Pierre Shale, South Dakota. Geological Society of America National Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
  • E. Breitenbach, K.C. Meehan, and N.H. Landman, 2014. Light isotope analysis and biogeography of Late

Cretaceous methane cold seeps of the Pierre Shale, South Dakota. Geological Society of America National Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

  • A.M. Krawchuk, K.C. Handle, and N.H. Landman, 2013. Mineralogy of Late Cretaceous methane cold-seeps of the Pierre Shale, South Dakota. GSA Annual Meeting in Denver. 2013.

Professional Affiliations

Wayne State University, Department of Chemistry, Detroit, Michigan


2019      Reviewer, Paleobiology