Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. Patricia Kelley

Professor of Geology

Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-7406; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:,Personal Webpage

Invertebrate Paleontology

A.M. Harvard University,1977
Ph.D. Harvard University, 1979

Dr. Kelley teaches GLY 132 The Earth Through Time, GLY 135 Prehistoric Life, GLY 337 Invertebrate Paleontology, GLY 502 Technical Communication in Geology, GLY 533 Paleoecology, GLY 535 Stratigraphic Paleontology, and various DIS/special topics courses including GLY 592 Special Topics: Evolution and Creationism

Research Interests:
Evolution and paleoecology of Coastal Plain molluscs are the focus of Patricia Kelley's research. Ongoing studies include tempo and mode of evolution; role of biological factors such as predation in evolution; predator-prey coevolution and escalation; mass extinction and recovery of mollusc faunas.