Margaret Fraiser

Adjunct Associate Professor
 Lapham Hall 356



PhD, University of Southern California
MS, University of Southern California
BS, University of Georgia

Research Interests

Permo-Triassic mass extinction; Early and Middle Triassic ecological restructuring; late Paleozoic Ice Age; Paleozoic/Mesozoic transition; causes and consequences of climate change.

Courses Taught

Geo Sci 102 – Principles of Historical Geology
Geo Sci 150 – Introduction to Ocean Sciences
Geo Sci 558 – Conducted Field Trip: Sedimentology & Paleobiology of the Bahamas
Geo Sci 558 – Conducted Field Trip: Mid-Phanerozoic Climate, Environments, and Life
Geo Sci 697 – Seminar in the Geological Sciences: Phanerozoic Evolutionary Trends
Geo Sci 697 – Seminar in the Geological Sciences: Permian – Triassic Ecosystems
Geo Sci 697 – Seminar in the Geological Sciences: Biotic Crises in Earth’s History

Other Activities

Associate Editor of the journal PALAIOS
Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Paleontological Society
Department of Geosciences Undergraduate Adviser
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Advisory Committee

Recent Honors and Awards

2011 Graduate School Research Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2010-2011 UWM Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence

Selected Publications

Dineen, Ashley A., Fraiser, Margaret L., and Tong, Jinnan. “Low functional evenness in a post-extinction Anisian (Middle Triassic) paleocommunity: A case study of the Leidapo Member (Qingyan Formation), south China” Global and Planetary Change133. (): 79-86.
Dineen, Ashley, Fraiser, Margaret L., and Isbell, John L.“Palaeoecology and Sedimentology of Carboniferous Glacial and Postglacial Successions in the Paganzo and Rio Blanco Basins of Northwestern Argentina” Geological Society (London) for a Special Publication376. (2014).
Huang, Yunfei, Tong, Jinnan, Fraiser, Margaret L., and Chen, Zhong-Qiang. “Selective extinction among bivalves in South China during the Permian-Triassic crisis” Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology(2014).
Isbell, John L., Henry, Lindsey, Gulbranson, Erik, Limarino, Carlos O., Fraiser, Margaret L., Koch, Zelenda, Ciccioli, Patricia, and Dineen, Ashley. “Glacial paradoxes during the late Paleozoic Ice Age: Evaluating the using the concept of the equilibrium line altitude (ELA) as a control on glaciation” Gondwana Research22.1 (2012): 1-19.
Dornbos, Stephen Q., Clapham, Matthew E., Fraiser, Margaret L., and Laflamme, Marc. “Lessons from the fossil record: The Ediacaran radiation, the Cambrian radiation, and the End-Permian mass extinction” Marine Biodiversity of Ecosystem Functioning: Frameworks, Methodologies, and IntegrationEd. Solan, M., Aspden, R. J., and Paterson, D. M.Oxford: Oxford University Press. (2012): 52-72.
Henry, Lindsey, Isbell, John L., Fielding, Chris, Domack, Eugene, Frank, Tracy, and Fraiser, Margaret L.“Proglacial deposition and deformation in the Upper Carboniferous to Lower Permian Wynyard Formation, Tasmania: a process analysis” Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology315-316. (2012): 142-157.
Isbell, John L., Fraiser, Margaret L., and Henry, L. C.“Examining the complexity of environmental change during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic” PALAIOS23. (2008): 267-269.
Clapham, Matthew E., Bottjer, David J., Powers, Catherine M., Bonuso, Nicole, Fraiser, Margaret L., Marenco, Pedro J., Dornbos, Stephen Q., and Pruss, Sara B.. “Assessing the ecological dominance of Phanerozoic marine invertebrates” PALAIOS21.5 (2006): 431-441.