*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
2022 – present Chief Scientist
Buffalo Museum of Science, Collections Department, Buffalo, New York
2018 – 2022 Clinical Assistant Professor
2022 – Research Associate
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
R. Bryant, K.C. Meehan, and C. Belanger, 2022, Comparative analysis of methane cold seep and non-seep foraminifera of the Late Campanian Western Interior Seaway from Manitoba to Texas: Cretaceous Research (In prep)
K.C. Meehan and N.J. Henshue, 2022. Featured Article: Building a sustainable and meaningful cooperative outreach program: Journal of Geoscience Education (in review).
K.C. Meehan and J.T. Boyle, 2022, Organic-walled tentaculids of Late Devonian (Frasnian) Appalachian and Michigan Basin deposits of Laurussia (NY, MI, OH): Geologica Acta, (in review).
K.C. Meehan, W.G. Powell, P.A. Johnston, C. Nedin, C.J. Collom, D. McKirdy, and A.M. Hall, 2022, Aluminum-normalized trace element paleoredox proxies and their application to the study of the conditions of Burgess Shale-type preservation: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, (In review).
K. Bartlett, C. Kowalski, P. Bembia, I. Li, G.G. Lash, C. Thaler, and K.C. Meehan, 2022, Freshwater and marine palynomorphs as evidence of flooding events in distal deltaic sequences of the Late Devonian Appalachian Basin, New York: Palaios (In revision/review)
K.C. Meehan, B. Caissie, H. Carjaval-Chitty, and I.H. Li, 2022, Non-metric multidimensional scaling of freshwater microfossil data from multiple Laurussian epeiric seas, their paleoenvironmental associations, and implications: Journal of Sedimentary Research, (Accepted, in revision).
K.C. Meehan, 2022, Devonian smooth-walled tasmanids and new insights of life-cycle descriptions through fluorescence microscopy: Phytotaxa (accepted, in print).
K.C. Meehan and J. Boyle, 2021, Marine crisis events and fossil beds of the Late Devonian Appalachian deltaic sequences of western New York: New York State Geological Association 92nd Annual Meeting Field Guide, Buffalo, New York, p. 1-26
I. Li, K. Bartlett, C. Kowalski, P. Bembia, and K.C. Meehan, 2021, Paleoecology and predominance facies of Late Devonian foraminifera in successions of the Catskill Delta Complex, Western New York, U.S.A.: Journal of Foraminiferal Research, v. 51, no. 1, p. 32–45.
K.C. Meehan, C. Kowalski, K. Bartlett, I. Li, and P. Bembia, 2020, Successful complete digestion 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, 2020, Methane Seeps in the Upper Cretaceous U.S. Western Interior, In, Kiel, S., (ed.) Topics in Geobiology.
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.P. 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 (nka Meehan), 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 (nka Meehan) and W.G. Powell, 2012. Morphologically simple enigmatic fossils from the Wheeler Formation, Utah: A comparative analysis: Palaios, v. 27, p. 304 – 316.
Conference Presentations & Other Products
K.C. Meehan, 2021, Predominance facies and freshwater microfossils of the Late Devonian Appalachian Basin deltaic sequences of western New York, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 53, No. 6.
T.K.P. Gregg, J.T. Boyle, K.C. Meehan, M. Jadamec, J.D. Briner, 2020. Covid-19 and Field Training: University 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 (nka Meehan), and N.H. Landman, 2013. Mineralogy of Late Cretaceous methane cold-seeps of the Pierre Shale, South Dakota. GSA Annual Meeting in Denver. 2013.
N. DiFrancesco, K. Escine, K. Handle (nka Meehan), J. John, A. Johnson, M. Kanner, M. Magee, S. Nightingale, A. Petrovicheva, R. Rahi, 2011, SASEE: Science Attitudes & Self Efficacy Evaluation, Annual Conference for GK-12, Washington D.C.
N. DiFrancesco, K. Escine, K. Handle (nka Meehan), J. John, A. Johnson, M. Magee, S. Nightingale, A. Petrovicheva, R. Rahi, J. Scarlet, 2010, City-as-Lab: Using Brooklyn’s Urban Spaces to Enact Place-based Environmental Science Studies, Annual Conference for GK-12, Washington D.C.
K.C. Handle (nka Meehan) and A. Johnson, 2010, Social Networks Facilitate Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Technology in the Classroom Session, AAAS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
K.C. Handle (nka Meehan) and W.G. Powell, 2010, Geochemical Evidence for Shifting Redox Conditions within Fossiliferous Strata of the Wheeler Formation, Utah. GSA Annual Meeting 2010, Denver CO.
Geological Society of America
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
New York State Association of Professional Geologists
New York State Geological Association
2021 – Faculty Senate
2021 – Summer Session Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), and Committee Member Year-Round, Department of Geology, UB
2018 Summer & Interim DUS
2018 – 2019 EarthEd Development Committee
Hsu, Charlotte. “EarthEd Institute Teaches Science Teachers.”, 22 July 2021, www.buffalo.edu/ubnow/stories/2021/07/earth-ed-institute.html.
Tognetti, Lawrence. “WomenInSTEM Twitter Series Episode 188” , 28 April 2021, https://twitter.com/ET_Exists/status/1387445131985375234
2022 Course Enhancement Funds AY 21/22 $250.00: Co-authored with Chris Romano School of Architecture.
2021 Spencer Foundation Unfunded: Creating a meaningful and permanent STEM outreach program for public K-12 urban schools
2020 AISL: NSF 20-607 Unfunded: Forging a sustainable outreach program to Broaden Engagement & Community Participation in STEM for K-12 students through collaborations with informal science centers, universities, and local urban schools
Mar 2022 Research Presentation: Freshwater and Marine microfossils as signals of ancient flooding events in ancient epeiric basins, Kent State, Ohio
2022 SUNY COIL: Global Classroom collaboration service mark through work in ARC 633 with Tec de Monterrey (MX), UB (US), & University of Detroit Mercy (US)
Nov 2021 Hops n’ Rocks Penn Dixie Virtual Gala 2021: UB virtual tour of microfossil prep labs https://penndixie.org/tag/fundraiser/
Sep 2021 New York State Geological Society Field Trip w/ Dr. James Boyle
Aug 2021 Burgess Shale: Antiquated and Updated Preservation Theories, Science in the Pub Series Lecture Series, Paleontological Research Institution, Buffalo, New York, 25 August 2021.
2021 Reviewer, AAPG Bulletin
2019 Reviewer, Paleobiology
2019 – 2020 Drug & Alcohol Abuse Volunteer for Incarcerated Women, Wayne County Prison, Detroit