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Dr. Penny Morris-Smith

Dr. Penny Morris-Smith

Dr. Penny Morris-Smith

ProfessorNatural Sciences


Dr. Morris-Smith is an expert in Paleontology with an education background in geology and biology that includes stratigraphy, structural geology, paleoecology, vertebrates, invertebrates, botany, paleontology, and evolution. She is well qualified to teach the Evolution of the Earth (cross-listed BIOL 4301 and GEOL 4301) and Historical Geology. Her current research program focuses on atmospheric science and she has students engaged in this research program with her (GEOL 3300).

Degrees Earned

Ph.D. in Geology (specifically Paleontology), University of California

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 4301: Evolution of the Earth
  • GEOL 1406: Historical Geology
  • GEOL 3300: Undergraduate Research
  • PHYS 1302: Intro to Stellar/Galact Astrom

Experience Qualifications

Teaching Experience

  • 1988-present Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer, Assistant, Associate, and Professor of Geology
  • 1984-1989 Adjunct Faculty, North Harris County College
  • 2010 Chair Discussion Session for a Gordon Research Conference on Geobiology
  • 2008-present UHD representative to the Texas Space Grant Consortium
  • 2002-2012 Editorial Board for Astrobiology (peer reviewed, international journal)
  • 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 Co-convener of special topic session at the Geological Society of America meetings