Dr. Suzanne G. Strait
Professor of Biological Sciences
B.A. (Anthropology/Women’s Studies), Hampshire College
PhD. (Biological Anthropology), SUNY Stony Brook
Dr. Strait studies climate change in the fossil record.
Specifically, she examines the changes in mammalian
community structure at the Paleocene/Eocene boundary
(55 million years ago). This time was referred to
as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum and represents
the most extreme and rapid global warming
that Earth has seen since mammals began to dominate.
Dr. Strait is the recipient of a $532,000 Database and
Informatics National Science Foundation grant. The
grant has allowed her the opportunity to design a
web-based 3D museum of Paleocene and Eocene fossil
mammals, which can be found at:
Dr. Strait has been teaching Human Anatomy, a core
course for allied health majors, at Marshall since 1993.
In addition, she has taught UNI 101, Digital Morphometrics,
Functional Morphology, and Scanning Electron Microscopy.
She has received the Phi Eta Sigma “Fabulous Faculty Member”
award, the MU Faculty Merit Award, and the MU Biology
Club Outstanding Mentor Award.
Service and Outreach
Dr. Strait is a member of the American Association of Physical
Anthropologists, the American Society of Mammalogists, and
the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. She serves on
the Advisory Board for the Bronx Zoo's Madagascar exhibit,
and also as a proposal review panel member for the National
In addition to her work at Marshall, Dr. Strait
has reached out to the community to encourage and promote
science. She has organized day-long interactive workshops
for elementary school students and has judged numerous
science fairs in both Ohio and West Virginia. She is also
a Research Associate at the University of California Museum
telephone: (304) 696-2425
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