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Max Christie


My name is Dr. Max Christie, I'm a paleontologist and stratigrapher who loves to teach!

I’m interested in how extinction affects ecosystems, especially in terms of how organisms function within their community. Right now, I’m working on an extinction event that happened about 2.5 million years ago and affected marine animals up and down the southeastern coast of the United States.

In my work I use principles of stratigraphy, ecology, and statistics to figure out how ecosystems have changed through time. If you’re interested in fossils, you should come talk to me!

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 143: History of Life
  • GEOL 208: History of the Earth System
  • GEOL 118: Natural Disasters
  • GEOL 440: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 497 C: Paleobiology
  • GEOL 107: Physical Geology

Additional Campus Affiliations

Senior Lecturer, Geology

Recent Publications

Milideo, L. E., Graham, R. W., Falk, C. R., Semken, H. A., & Christie, M. L. (2018). Overprinting of taphonomic and paleoecological signals across the forest-prairie environmental gradient, mid-continent of North America. Paleobiology, 44(3), 546-559.

Christie, M., Holland, S. M., & Bush, A. M. (2013). Contrasting the ecological and taxonomic consequences of extinction. Paleobiology, 39(4), 538-559.

Holland, S. M., & Christie, M. (2013). Changes in area of shallow siliciclastic marine habitat in response to sediment deposition: Implications for onshore-offshore paleobiologic patterns. Paleobiology, 39(4), 511-524.

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