Steve LoDuca, Ph.D.

Professor: Paleontology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy

Steve LoDuca Strong Hall 140J

(734) 487-8589


Ph.D. 1990, Paleontology/Sedimentary Geology, University of Rochester
M.S. 1986, Paleontology/Petroleum Geology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
B.S. 1984, Geology, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Interests and Expertise

My research activities focus on two separate but broadly overlapping areas: Paleontology and Stratigraphy. My work in Paleontology examines the early evolution of macroalgae and co-evolutionary relationships between macroalgae and early animals before, during, and after the Cambrian Explosion. My work in Stratigraphy focuses on the sequence stratigraphic architecture of Ordovician and Silurian strata within and around the Michigan Basin. To carry out my research program, I have traveled to many parts of the world, including Europe and China, and have collaborated with scientists from many countries. Details about my research, conducted with support from the National Science Foundation, can be found at the links below.


Gallery of Prehistoric Marine Flora


  • ESSC 107 Environmental Science
  • ESSC 108 Earth Science for Non-Science Majors
  • ESSC 109L Earth Science for Non-Science Majors
  • ESSC 110 The Dynamic Earth System
  • ESSC 110L The Dynamic Earth System Lab
  • ESSC 111 The Earth System Through Time
  • ESSC 111L The Earth System Through Time Lab
  • ESSC 120 Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Trilobites
  • ESSC 330 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • ESSC 330L Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Lab
  • ESSC 331 Paleontology
  • ESSC 331L Paleontology Lab
  • ESSC 414 Teaching Science with Dinosaurs
  • ESSC 497 Undergraduate Symposium
  • CSIE 177 Groundwater Studies