*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 J. Boyle, 2021, Devonian Marine Crises beds of western New York (working title), New York State Geological Association Meeting Field Guide, Buffalo, New York.
  • K. Bartlett, C. Kowalski, P. Bembia, I. Li, G.G. Lash, C. Thaler and K.C. Meehan, 2021, Freshwater and marine microfossils as evidence of flooding events in distal deltaic sequences of the Late Devonian Appalachian Basin, New York: Micropaleontology, v. 67, no. 6, p. tbd.
  • K.C. Meehan and G.G. Lash, 2021,  Short Note: Altered impact glass from the Devonian Norwood Member of the Antrim Shale, southeast Michigan: Stratigraphy, v. 18, no. 4, p. tbd.
  • I. Li, K. Bartlett, C. Kowalski, P. Bembia, and K.C. Meehan, 2021, Paleoecology and predominance facies of Late Devonian Foraminifera in deltaic sequences of the Appalachian Basin, 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 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

New York State Association of Professional Geologists

Cushman Foundation


2019      Reviewer, Paleobiology