Noel Alexander Heim

Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Lane Hall, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155 · (617) 627-2207 · noel.heim@tufts.edu

educator and scientist interested in the paleobiology, ecology, and conservation of Earth's ocean animals and environments

updated 22 August 2019


Scholarly Interests
  • Causes and consequences of extinction in modern and ancient oceans: long-term impacts of extinction on evolutionary rates, biodiversity, and ecosystem function
  • Evolutionary trends: quantifying and explaining evolutionary trends, including morphological complexity, ecological diversity, and body size, over the past 550 million years
  • Stratigraphic paleobiology: identifying how the structure of the stratigraphic record affects the fossil record, including biases, environmental drivers, and feedbacks
  • Conservation paleobiology: application of paleontological approaches and data to study society-relevant issues with particular focus on conservation biology and ecosystem restoration efforts
  • Citizen science & conservation: coupling environmental sensor data with biological data from citizen scientists, e.g. iNaturalist and LiMPETS, to generate models of local and regional change

Experience

Lecturer

Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Tufts University

Teach courses in paleobiology, teach introductory earth science labs, advise undergraduate student research projects.

August 2019 - Present

Basic Life Sciences Research Scientist

Department of Geological Sciences, Stanford University

Research evolutionary trends in anatomical complexity & marine animal body size. Develop, manage, and deliver research-based high school research internship. Teach undergraduate courses in paleobiology & earth history.

September 2016 - July 2019

Basic Life Sciences Research Associate

Department of Geological Sciences, Stanford University

Research evolutionary trends in anatomical complexity & marine animal body size. Develop, manage, and deliver research-based high school research internship. Teach undergraduate courses in paleobiology & earth history.

August 2012 - August 2016

Assistant Scientist

Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research co-evolution of marine life and environments. Integrate Macrostrat and Paleobiology Database.

August 2011 - July 2012

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research co-evolution of marine life and environments. Integrate Macrostrat and Paleobiology Database.

August 2008 - July 2011

Adjunct Instructor

Department of Science, Georgia Perimeter College

Teach Physical Geology lectures & labs.

August 2005 - December 2006

Adjunct Faculty

Maine School of Science & Mathematics

Teach Physical Geology, Historical Geology, and Statistics.

September 2000 - June 2001

Education

University of Georgia

Doctor of Philosophy: Geology

Dissertation: The Spatial Structure of Biodiversity in The Fossil Record: Contrasting Global, Continental and Regional Responses to Climate Change.

Advisor: Steven M. Holland

August 2003 - August 2008

University of California, Riverside

Master of Science: Geological Sciences

Thesis: Trilobites from the Tethyan Himalaya and the Cambrian Biostratigraphy and Biogeography of Equatorial Peri-Gondwanaland.

Advisor: Nigel C. Hughes

September 2001 - August 2003

University of Chicago

Bachelor of Science, with Honors: Geophysical Sciences

Thesis: Rare Earth Element Abundances in Vapor Deposited Minerals in Ibitira [basaltic meteorite] Vesicles.

Advisor: Meenakshi Wadhwa

September 1996 - June 2000

Skills

Programming Languages & Tools

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publication
Field Guides & Encyclopedia Entries
Manuscripts in Review or Revision