Ellen CUrrano

Copyright Paleontological Research Institution

Dr. Ellen Currano is an assistant professor in the department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming. She uses fossil plants to investigate the response of ancient forest ecosystems to environmental perturbations. Specifically, how did environmental changes affect taxonomic diversity, ecosystem structure, plant-insect interactions, and biogeographic patterns? By understanding how ecosystems reacted to past changes, we can better predict how modern ecosystems will respond to anthropogenic changes like CO2-induced global warming.