Marie Hoerner, PhD

Marie Hoerner, PhD

Marie Hoerner, PhD

Columbine Hall, rm. 2039

Areas of Interest

  • Paleoecology, especially of vertebrates
  • Paleoclimate reconstruction
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Mathematical modeling in paleoecology and evolutionary biology
  • Great American Biotic Interchange


  • PhD, Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 2017
  • MS, Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 2014
  • BA, Geology, Colorado College, 2009

Courses Taught

  • Physical Geology (GEOL 1010)
  • Historical Geology (GEOL 1020)
  • Introduction to Paleontology (GEOL 3410)
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (GEOL 4310)
  • Environmental Systems: Landforms and Soils (GES 1010)

Selected Publications

  • Mine, A.H., Waldeck, A., Olack, G., Hoerner, M.E., Alex, S., Colman, A.S. 2017.  Microprecipitation and δ18O analysis of phosphate for paleoclimate and biogeochemistry research. Chemical Geology 460:1-14.
  • Hoerner, M.E. 2011. Testing for differences in rates of speciation, extinction, and morphological evolution in four tribes of cichlids endemic to Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Evolution 65(12): 3398-3412.
  • Fricke, H.C., Henceroth, J., Hoerner, M.E. 2011. Seasonal upland-lowland migrations of sauropod dinosaurs during the late Jurassic. Nature 480: 513-515.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Romer Prize Finalist Session Participant, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 2011 Hinds Fund Award: Grant for student research in evolution 
  • 2011 MidAmerica Paleontology Society Outstanding Student Research Award, First Place
  • 2010 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2009 McCormick Fellow, University of Chicago
  • Phi Beta Kappa Membership
  • Association of Women Geologists Outstanding Student Award
  • 2009 Summa cum laude, Colorado College
  • 2005 National AP Scholar