Dr. Judy A. Massare
Department of the Earth Sciences
SUNY College at Brockport
Brockport, NY 14420

email: jmassare@esc.brockport.edu


        B.S. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
        M.A. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
        Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

ESC 200 Introduction to Oceanography
Oceanography is offered every fall semester. It is required for the ESC major, but it is often taken by MET majors as an elective. It is a large lecture format course that also satisfies the General Education requirement for a science course without a lab.

ESC 350 Computational Methods in the Field Sciences
Computational Methods is offered every semester, although I don't always teach it. The course covers a variety of statistical methods that are used in the various disciplines in the earth sciences. It goes well beyond an introductory statistics course, covering such topics as time series analysis, multiple regression, analysis of directional data, and non-parametric statistics. It is a required course for all of our majors.

GEL 201 Introduction to Physical Geology
This course is offered every fall semester, although I do not each it every year. It is a required course for majors in geology, earth science, and water resources.

GEL 302 Historical Geology
I teach this course every spring semester. It is the second course in the geology sequence and is a prerequisite for most of the 300 and 400-level courses in geology. It is a required course for geology majors and strongly recommended for earth science majors, especially those who intend to pursue a career in teaching.

GEL 306 Principles of Paleontology
This course is offered every other fall semester. It is a required course for the geology major. We also recommend it for Earth Science majors who are planning a career teaching at the secondary school level.

Research Interests

    Evolution and ecology of Mesozoic marine reptiles:
      Biomechanics of swimming
      Tooth form and feeding ecology
      Large-scale patterns of evolution
    Ichthyosaurs of the Sundance Formation (Jurassic--WY)
    Bone microstructure of ichthyosaurs

Selected Publications:

  • J.A. Massare and S. J. Sharkey (SUNY Brockport undergraduate), 2003. Centrum shape in sharks: Not a good analog for ichthyosaurs. Paludicola, vol. 4, p. 27-36.

  • V.B. Lopuchowycz (SUNY Brockport undergraduate) and J.A. Massare, 2002. Bone microstructure of a Cretaceous ichthyosaur. Paludicola, vol. 3, p. 139-147.

  • J.A. Massare and S.T.Sperber (SUNY Brockport undergraduate), 2001. Vertebral morphology and swimming styles in Cretaceous plesiosaurs (Reptilia, Sauropterygia). Paludicola, vol.3, p. 95-103.

  • J.A. Massare and J.-A. Faulkner (SUNY Brockport Undergraduate), 1997. Sharks as morphological analogs for ichthyosaurs. Paludicola, vol.1, p. 117-125.

  • J.A. Massare, 1997. Introduction to Faunas, Behavior, and Evolution, in J.M. Callaway and E. Nicholls, Ancient Marine Reptiles, Academic Press, New York.

  • J.A. Massare, 1994. Swimming capabilities of Mesozoic marine reptiles: a review, p. 133-149 in L. Maddock, Q. Bone & J.M.V. Rayner (eds.), Mechanics and Physiology of Animal Swimming, Cambridge University Press, London.

  • J.A. Massare, 1992. Ancient Mariners. Natural History, p.48-53, April 1992

    Recent Presentations at Professional Meetings

  • J. A. Massare and H. A. Young: Gastric contents of a Jurassic ichthyosaur, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN, 2003. [co-authored with SUNY Brockport student]

  • J. A. Massare: Bone microstructure of Platypterygius americanus (Reptilia, Ichthyosauria), Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Norman, OK, 2002.

  • J. A. Massare, S. T. Sperber, and W. Wahl, Jr.: Taphonomy of an ichthyosaur from the Jurassic Sundance Formation, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Denver, CO 1999. [co-authored with SUNY Brockport student]

  • B. Schaeffer, B. Gardiner, and J. Massare: Lower Actinopterygian relationships, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 1997.

  • J. A. Massare and M. A. Sheldon: Heterochrony in mosasaur evolution as suggested by geometric models of humeri. Symposium on Morphospace, North American Paleontological Convention, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June, 1996

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