Full-Time Faculty: Kevin Downing

Kevin F. Downing, Professor

Degrees: B.S. degrees in Astronomy and Geology (University of Illinois-Champaign), M.S.T. in Geology (University of Florida-Gainesville), and Ph.D in Geosciences/Evolutionary Biology and Ecology (University of Arizona, Tucson)

Areas of Specialization and Research: Paleobiology, Geology, Science Education

His research interests include Miocene age fossil mammals, small mammal paleoecology, stratigraphic and paleogeographic change during the Himalayan Orogeny, online science learning and application of 3-D virtual laboratories for distance geological learning.

Professional Organizations: Geological Society of America, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, National Association of Geology Teachers, Paleontological Society.

Latest publications:

Downing, K.F., and Holtz, J.K., (2012). Best Practices for Online Paleontology Instruction. In Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century, The Paleontological Society Special Publications, Volume 12, Margaret M. Yacobucci and Rowan Lockwood (eds.), pp. 109–122.

Downing, K. F., 2011 (In Press). The Human Evolutionary Transition from Religion to Science, in: Enduring Questions “Is the theory of evolution compatible with evolution”.  Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Downing, K.F., and Holtz, J.K., (2011). Incorporating 3D Virtual Laboratory Specimens to Enhance Online Science: Examples from Paleontology and Biology. Chapter 14, 219-238 in Teaching With Digital Media: Best Practices and Innovations in Higher Education. Thomas D. Cox and Kathleen P. King Eds.: Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Antoine, P.O., Downing, K.F., Crochet, J-Y, Duranthon, F., Flynn, L.J., Marivaux,L., Metais, G., Abdul Rahim Rajpar, A. & Ghazala, R. (2010).  A revision of Aceratherium blanfordi Lydekker, 1884 (Mammalia: Rhinocerotidae) from the early Miocene of Pakistan: postcranials as a key. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society, 160:139-194.

Holtz, J. K. and Downing, K. F.  (2009). Valuing Science and Science Learning as Global Capital. In Handbook of Blended Shore Education: Adult Program Development and Delivery. Strohschen, G., Ed. New York: Springer.

Downing, K. F. and Holtz, J.K. (2008). Online Science Learning: Best Practices and Technologies. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing. 353p.

Downing K. F., 2005. A new enigmatic large Rhinocerotid from the upper member of the Chitarwata Formation at Zinda Pir Dome, Western Pakistan.Palaeontologia Electronica,8:1, 20A

Downing K. F. and Lindsay, E. H. 2005. Relationship of Chitarwata Formation paleodrainage and paleoenvironments to Himalayan Tectonics and Indus River paleogeography. Palaeontologia Electronica, 8:1, 20A.

Lindsay, E.H, Flynn, L.J., Cheema, I.U., Barry, J.C., Downing, K.F., Rajpar, A.R. and Raza, S.M. 2005. Will Downs and the Zinda Pir Dome.Palaeontologia Electronica, 8:1, 19A.

Outside Interests: Kevin’s non-academic activities include among other things woodworking, playing ice hockey, composing guitar pieces, songwriting, and various outdoorsman pursuits.