Dr. Mary Kosloski is a Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iowa. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from SUNY Geneseo in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University in 2012.
Her primary interests are the ways in which biotic and abiotic factors interact to influence the evolution of organisms' shapes, particularly the effects of predation on marine mollusks. Her studies integrate a variety of paleontological, biological, and ecological research methods, combining analysis of fossils and observations of living organisms, which offer comparisons in how these factors and their effects on evolution change over time, from the prehistoric past to the present. In this multidisciplinary approach, paleontological data contributes to a better understanding of modern ecosystems, and aids in assessing and addressing human impacts upon them.