Clay Kelly

ckellyD. Clay Kelly
Micropaleontology and Paleoceanography
(608) 262-1698
Office: A462 Weeks Hall





Application of marine microfossils (planktonic foraminifera) to studies in biostratigraphy, paleoceanography, and biotic evolution. My research interests span a broad spectrum of spatiotemporal scales ranging from global patterns of deep-sea sedimentation over the past 150 million years down to micrometer-sized geochemical measurements within an individual microfossil. The overarching goal is to develop a clearer picture of how ocean-climate change relates to evolution of marine ecosystems, with particular emphasis on past global warming events and carbon cycle perturbations that have occurred over the course of Earth history.


  • Evolution and Extinction
  • Oceanography
  • Geologic Evolution of the Earth
  • Geobiology
  • Paleoceanography
  • Marine Micropaleontology
  • Topical Graduate Seminars that have involved summer field excursions to such areas as Dinosaur National Monument and Book Cliffs, Utah.