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Name: Suzanne Strait
Title: Professor
Office: Biological Science/COS
Phone: 304-696-2425
Email: straitho@marshall.edu
Expert:
 
Achievements

Creative Works:
 2006. Strait, S. G. PaleoView3D: An interactive database of mammals from the Paleocene/Eocene boundary. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26, Supplement to Number 3:129A.

2006. Smith, N. E. and S. G. Strait. Laser scanning automation and standardization. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26, Supplement to Number 3:127A.

2006. Fet, E. V. and S. G. Strait. Primate diversity and abundance during the earliest Eocene (Bighorn Basin, Wyoming) Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26, Supplement to Number 3:61A.

2006. S. G. Strait. Rodents from the dawn of the Eocene. Abstract volume for the 2006 meeting of Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene, p.134.

2006. Holroyd, P. A. and S. G. Strait. Clade conservatism and diversification in “insectivorous-grade” mammals across the Paleocene-Eocene boundary in North America. Abstract volume for the 2006 meeting of Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene, p.67.

2006. Smith. N. E. and S. G. Strait. Quatitative a nalysis of molar characters from Eocene marsupials. Abstract volume for the 2006 meeting of Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene, p.123.

2005. Smith, N. E., Strait, S. G. and D. Neff, Acquiring 3-D data from small mammalian teeth: Laser scanning Eocene marsupials. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25, Supplement to Number 3:117A.

2005. Holroyd, P. A. and S. G. Strait. New geolabidid lipotyphlans and body mass distribution of “insectivoran-grade” mammals in the early Eocene of Wyoming. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25, Supplement to Number 3:71A.

2004. Bloch, J., Boyer, D, Strait, S., and S. Wing. New sections and fossils from the southern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming document faunal turnover during the PETM. American Geophysical Union, 85(47).

2004. Strait, S. G. Small, smaller, smallest: A case for dwarfing in small-bodied Wa-0 mammals. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24, Supplement to Number 3:118A.

2004. Penkrot, T. A., Zack, S. P., and S. G. Strait. New postcrania of Macrocranion (Eutheria: Amphilemuridae) from the early Eocene, Bighorn Basin, Wy. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24, Supplement to Number 3:101A.

2004. Williamson, C. A., S. G. Strait, P. Holroyd. Rodents from a catastrophic assemblage in the early Eocene main body of the Wastch Formation, Washakie Basin, Wyoming. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24, Supplement to Number 3:129A.

2004. Smith, N., B. Sang and S. G. Strait. Marsupial diversity and abundance from the earliest Eocene of Wyoming. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24, Supplement to Number 3:115A.

2003. Strait, S. G. New mammalian fossils from the earliest Eocene (Wa-0), Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23, Supplement to Number 3:101A.

2003. Holroyd, P. and S. G. Strait. An interbasin comparison of small-mammal community diversity from the early Eocene (Wasatchian) of Wyoming. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23, Supplement to Number 3:62A.

2002. Strait, S. G. Functional significance of pigmentation in mammalian teeth: A case study of Blarina brevicauda. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22, Supplement to Number 3:112A.

2001. Strait, S. G. A new method of three-dimensional imaging and quantification. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21, Supplement to 3:105A.

2001. Strait, S. G., R. Ayoob, and S. Smith. Three-dimensional laser digitizing for visualization and quantification of fossil teeth. Southeastern Biology 48(2):99.

2000. Strait, S. G. Screen washing at Castle Gardens, an Earliest Wasatchian locality. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 20, Supplement to 3.

1999. Strait, S. G. A new earliest Wasatchian (Wa0) locality from the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 19, Supplement to 3:79A.

1998. Strait, S, G. and D. J. Overdorff. Physical properties of foods: Implications for reconstructing diet in the fossil record. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18, Supplement to 3:80A.

1997. Dumont, E. R., Strait, S. G., and D. J. Overdorff. Oral pH in fruit, leaf, and insect-feeding primates and bats. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 24:103.

1997. Overdorff, D. J., Strait, S. G., and A. Telo. Seasonal variation in activity, habitat use, and diet in Hapalemur griseus in the Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 24:182.

1997. Strait, S. G. and D. J. Overdorff. Physical properties and food choice among Malagasy primates. Seventh International Theriological Congress Abstract Volume,
p. 305.

1996. Strait, S. G. and D. J. Overdorff. Physical properties of fruits eaten by Malagasy primates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 22:224.

1996. Kitko, R., Strait, S. G., and D. J. Overdorff. Physical properties of Canarium seeds and food processing strategies of the Aye-aye in Ranomafana, Madagascar. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 22:139.

 

Research Based:
 
Funded Projects:
2006-2009 Paleoview 3D: An interactive database of Paleocene/Eocene boundary mammals. National Science Foundation DBI – Database Activities ($532,120.00).

2005 EPSCoR Proposal Preparation Mini-Grants Program ($4,500.00).

2005 Research Experience for Undergraduates. National Science Foundation. ($6,775.00).

2002-2006 Intensive collecting of fossil mammals from an earliest Wasatchian (Wa0) locality in the southeastern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. National Science Foundation, Biotic Surveys and Inventories ($258,601.00)

1994-1998, 2000, 2003-05 Quinlan Faculty travel Grant ($500.00).

1994, 1995, 1998,1999, 2001 Marshall University Summer Research Award ($2,000.00).

1999, 2001 INCO Faculty Development Grant ($500.00).

1999, 2000 NASA Faculty Mini-Grant ($1,000.00).

2000 EPSCoR Proposal Preparation Mini-Grants Program ($3,500.00).

1999 Principle Investigator - Quantitative Measurement and Analysis Laboratory for Undergraduate Use at Marshall University. National Science Foundation CCLI Program ($171,121.00) (with Drs. Norton and Ghosh).

1998 Microscopes for instruction use in BSC 227 (Human Anatomy) Marshall University College of Sciences Grant ($9,000.00) (with Dr. Hight).

1998 A.D.A.M. software grant for undergraduate instruction ($19,900.00) (with Drs. Mallory and Brown).

1998 Earliest Mammals of Modern Aspect in North America. NASA Research Enhancement Award ($5,700.00).

1997 EPSCoR Proposal Preparation Mini-Grants Program. Acquisition of Morphometric Equipment for Marshall University ($3,000.00).

1997 Research Experience for Undergraduates. National Science Foundation. ($3,299.00).

1997 Paleontological excavation of an Earliest Eocene locality in Wyoming. Career Enhancement Award for WV Women and Minorities in the Sciences ($2,300.00).

1996 Computerization of BSC 227 Human Anatomy labs, University Equipment Initiative for Academic Year 1995-96 (with Drs. Hight and Mallory) ($30,256.00).

1996 West Virginia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science Career Enhancement Award ($1,000.00).

1996 Principle Investigator - Acquisition of Analytical Scanning Electron Microscope for Undergraduate Education at Marshall University. National Science Foundation (Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement) and Marshall University ($185,000.00) (with Drs. Norton and Ghosh).
 
 
Presentations:
2006. Strait, S. G. PaleoView3D: An interactive database of mammals from the Paleocene/Eocene boundary. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 66th Annual Meeting (Ottawa, Canada) (invited talk in symposium).

2006. Smith, N. E. and S. G. Strait. Laser scanning automation and standardization.
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 66th Annual Meeting (Ottawa, Canada) (invited talk in symposium).

2006. Fet, E. V. and S. G. Strait. Primate diversity and abundance during the earliest Eocene (Bighorn Basin, Wyoming). Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 66th Annual Meeting (Ottawa, Canada) (poster session).

2006. Strait, S. G., Rodents from the dawn of the Eocene. Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene, Bilbao, Spain (poster session).

2006.Smith, N. E. and S. G. Strait, Quantitative analysis of molar characters from Eocene marsupials. Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene, Bilbao, Spain (poster session).

2005. Smith, N. E., Strait, S. G. and D. Neff, Acquiring 3-D data from small mammalian teeth: Laser scanning Eocene marsupials. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 65th Annual Meeting (Mesa, Arizonia) (poster session).

2005. Holroyd, P. A. and S. G. Strait. New geolabidid lipotyphlans and body mass distribution of “insectivoran-grade” mammals in the early Eocene of Wyoming. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 65th Annual Meeting (Mesa, Arizonia) (talk).

2004. Strait, S. G. Small, smaller, smallest: A case for dwarfing in small-bodied Wa-0 mammals. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 64th Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado. (invited talk in symposium).

2004. Smith, N., B. Sang and S. G. Strait. Marsupial diversity and abundance from the earliest Eocene of Wyoming. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 64th Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado (poster session).

2003. Strait, S. G. New mammalian fossils from the earliest Eocene (Wa-0), Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 63th Annual Meeting, St. Paul Minnesota (poster session).

2003. Holroyd, P. and S. G. Strait. An interbasin comparison of small-mammal community diversity from the early Eocene (Wasatchian) of Wyoming. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 63th Annual Meeting, St. Paul Minnesota (poster session).

2003. Strait, S. G and P. A. Holman. Earliest Eocene (Wa-0) mammalian fossils from the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Symposium of the Paleogene: Preparing for modern life and climate, Leuven, Belgium (poster session).

2003. Williamson, C. A. and S. G. Strait. Morphological variation in a new species Macrocranion junnei (Lipotyphla, Mammalia).Twelfth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

2003. Sang, B. E. and S. G. Strait. How small were the smallest Wa-0 mammals? Twelfth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

2003. Russo, J. and S. G. Strait. Identification and description of new multituberculate specimens from the earliest Eocene of Wyoming. Twelfth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

2003. Fet, E. V., Graham, M. R., Fet, V,. and S. G. Strait. Quanitative analysis of sexual dimorphism in Euscorpius. Twelfth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

2002. Functional significance of pigmentation in mammalian teeth: A case study of Blarina brevicauda. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 62th Annual Meeting, Norman, Oklahama (poster session).

2001 Mammalian composition of Wa-0 sites in the Bighorn Basin. Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene, International Meeting, Powell, Wyoming.

2001 Fossil marsupials from the Eocene of Wyoming (with undergraduate Angie Dolin). Tenth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

2000. Screen washing at Castle Gardens, an earliest Wasatchian locality. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 60th Annual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico (poster session).

2000. Comparative morphological analysis of Eocene rodents (with undergraduate Rose Ayoob). Ninth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

2000. Enamel pigmentation variation and distribution in Blarina brevicauda (with undergraduate Staci Smith). Ninth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

2000. Identification of phenadontid condylarths from the earliest Eocene of Wyoming (with undergraduate Katie Fleer). Ninth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

2000. A taxonomic assessment of fossil horses from Castle Gardens (with undergraduate Jean Perry). Ninth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

1999. A new earliest Wasatchian (Wa0) locality from the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 59th Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado (poster session).

1999. SEM analysis of Malagasy lemur teeth (with undergraduate Jamie Heck). Eighth Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

1998. Physical properties of foods: Implications for reconstructing diet in the fossil record. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 58th Annual Meeting, Snowbird, Utah (poster session).

1997. Oral pH in fruit, leaf, and insect-feeding primates and bats. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 66th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri (poster session).

1997. Seasonal variation in activity, habitat use, and diet in Hapalemur griseus in the Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. American Association of Physical Anthropologists 66th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri.

1997. Morphological differences between two Malagasy primates (with undergraduate Courtney Ostaff). Seventh Annual Research Day, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi (poster session).

1997. Physical properties and food choice among Malagasy primates. Seventh International Theriological Congress, Acapulco, Mexico (poster session).

1996. Physical properties of Canarium seeds and food processing strategies of the Aye-aye in Ronomafana, Madagascar. Poster session presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists 65th Annual Meeting, Durham, NC.

1996. Physical properties of fruits eaten by Malagasy primates. Poster session presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists 65th Annual Meeting, Durham, NC.

1996. Do prosimian primates function as seed dispersers in Madagascar? Paper presented at the International Primatological Society annual meeting, Madison, WI.
 
 
Publications:
In press. Heinrich, R, Strait, S. G. and P. Houde. Earliest Eocene Miacidae (Mammalia, Carnivora) from Northwestern Wyoming. Journal of Paleontology.

In press. Yans, J., Strait, S. G., Smith, T., Dupius, C., Steurbaut, and P. Gingerich. High-resolution carbon isotope stratigraphy and mammalian faunal change at the Paleocene-Eocene boundary in the southern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. American Journal of Science.

2006. Strait, S. G. and S. Smith. Elemental analysis of soricine enamel: Pigmentation variation and distribution in Blarina brevicauda molars. Journal of Mammalogy 87(4).

2002. Smith, T., Bloch, J. I., Strait, S. G., and P. D. Gingerich. New species of Macrocranion (Mammalia, Liptotyphla) from the Earliest Eocene of North America and its biogeographic implications. Contribution from the Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan 30(14):373-384.

2002. Overdorff, D. J., Strait, S. G., and R. G. Seltzer. Species differences in feeding in Milne Edward’s sifakas (Propithecus diadema edwardsi), rufus lemurs (Eulemur fulvus rufus), and red-bellied lemurs (Eulemur rubriventer) in southeastern Madagascar: Implications for predator avoidance. In: Eat or be Eaten: Predator Sensitive Foraging Among Primates (L. E. Miller, ed.), pp. 126-137. Cambridge University Press.

2001. Strait, S. G. New Wa0 fauna from the southeastern Bighorn Basin. In: P. D. Gingerich (ed.) Paleocene-Eocene Stratigraphy and Biotic Change in the Bighorn and Clarks Fork Basins, Wyoming. University of Michigan, Papers on Paleontology 33:127-143.

2001. Holroyd, P. A., Hutchinson, J. H., and S. G. Strait. Paleocene-Eocene turtle stratigraphy. In: P. D. Gingerich (ed.) Paleocene-Eocene Stratigraphy and Biotic Change in the Bighorn and Clarks Fork Basins, Wyoming. University of Michigan, Papers on Paleontology 33:97-107.

2001. Strait, S. G. Dietary reconstruction in small bodied omomyoids. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21(2):322-334.

2000. Dumont, E. R., S. G. Strait, and A. Friscia. Abderitid marsupials from the Miocene of Patagonia: An assessment of form, function, and evolution. Journal of Paleontology 76(4):1161-1172.

1998. Overdorff, D. J. and S. G. Strait. Seed handling by three prosimian primates in southeastern Madagascar: Implications for seed dispersal. American Journal of Primatology 45:69-82.

1998. Strait, S. G. and J. F. V. Vincent. Primate faunivores: Physical properties of prey items. International Journal of Primatology 19(5):867-878.

1997. Strait, S. G. Teeth and Food Texture. Evolutionary Anthropology 5(6):199-211 (invited paper).

1997. Overdorff, D. J., Strait, S. G., and A. Telo. Seasonal variation in activity, habitat use, and diet in Hapalemur griseus in the Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. American Journal of Primatology 43:211-223.



 
 
Research Grants:
(2002)Intensive collecting of fossil mammals from an earliest Wasatchian (Wa0) locality in the southeastern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. National Science Foundation, Biotic Surveys and Inventories ($258,601.00)

2001 Marshall University Summer Research Award ($2,000.00).

2001 INCO Faculty Development Grant ($500.00).

2000 NASA Faculty Mini-Grant ($1,000.00).

2000 Quinland Faculty Travel Grant ($500.00).

2000 EPSCoR Proposal Preparation Mini-Grants Program ($3,500.00).

1999 Principle Investigator - Quantitative Measurement and Analysis Laboratory for Undergraduate Use at Marshall University. National Science Foundation CCLI Program ($171,121.00) (with Drs. Norton and Ghosh).

1999 Marshall University Summer Research Award ($2,000.00).

1999 INCO Faculty Development Grant ($500.00).

1999 NASA Faculty Mini-Grant ($1,000.00).

1998 Marshall University Summer Research Award ($2,000.00).

1998 Microscopes for instruction use in BSC 227 (Human Anatomy) Marshall University College of Sciences Grant ($9,000.00) (with Dr. Hight).

1998 A.D.A.M. software grant for undergraduate instruction ($19,900.00) (with Drs. Mallory and Brown).

1998 Quinland Faculty Travel Grant ($500.00).

1998 Earliest Mammals of Modern Aspect in North America. NASA Research Enhancement Award ($5,700.00).

1997 Oral pH in fruit, leaf, and insect-feeding primates and bats. Quinlan Faculty Travel Grant ($500.00).

1997 EPSCoR Proposal Preparation Mini-Grants Program. Acquisition of Morphometric Equipment for Marshall University ($3,000.00).

1997 Research Experience for Undergraduates. National Science Foundation. ($3,299.00).

1997 Paleontological excavation of an Earliest Eocene locality in Wyoming. Career Enhancement Award for WV Women and Minorities in the Sciences ($2,300.00).

1996 Computerization of BSC 227 Human Anatomy labs, University Equipment Initiative for Academic Year 1995-96 (with Drs. Hight and Mallory) ($30,256.00).

1996 Physical properties of fruit eaten by Malagasy primates. Quinlan Faculty Travel Grant ($490.00).

1996 West Virginia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science Career Enhancement Award ($1,000.00).

1996 Principle Investigator - Acquisition of Analytical Scanning Electron Microscope for Undergraduate Education at Marshall University. National Science Foundation (Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement) and Marshall University ($185,000.00) (with Drs. Norton and Ghosh).

 

Professional/Community Based Service:
 
Professional Services:
Reviewed papers for: Journal of Mammalogy, American Journal of Physical
Anthropology, Journal of Human Evolution, Evolutionary Anthropology, American Journal of Primatology, and Palaeontologia Electronica.

Reviewed research grants for: National Science Foundation, L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, National Geographic, and Natural Environmental Research Council (United Kingdom).

National Science Foundation proposal review chair (ILI Program) (1998).

National Science Foundation proposal review panelist (ILI Program) (1997).

Sigma Xi Secretary-Treasurer (Marshall University Branch) (1996-1998).
 

Awards:
 
Professional Awards
2004 Marshall University Biology Club Outstanding Mentor Award.

1995-2002 Marshall University Faculty Merit Award (2002 last year award offered).

1996, 1997 Phi Eta Sigma, The National Honor Society, “Fabulous Faculty Member”

1996 Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year Award (Marshall University Branch).

 

Other Achievements:
 
:
Organized and moderated symposium at the 66th annual meeting (2006) of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (Ottawa, Canada) entitled “3D Imaging: New Techniques and Applications”.

National Science Foundation proposal review panelist (1997, 1998, 2006)

Reviewed Textbooks for: McGraw Hill (Human Anatomy), Wm. C. Brown Publishers (Human Anatomy); Wiley (Human Anatomy); Prentice Hall (Physical Anthropology).

Consultant board for Saladin’s Human Anatomy text.

Reviewed papers for: Journal of Mammalogy, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, International Journal of Primatology; Journal of Human Evolution, Evolutionary Anthropology, American Journal of Primatology, Palaeontologia Electronica, Southeastern Naturalist, and Paleobiology.

Reviewed research grants for: National Science Foundation, L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, National Geographic, and Natural Environmental Research Council (United Kingdom).

2004-present Research Associate - University of California Museum of Paleontology

1996 West Virginia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science Career Enhancement Award.
 

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