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Joanne Kluessendorf


WESM Director, Adjunct Professor Joanne Kluessendorf

Educational Background

  • Undergraduate: 
    • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Graduate:
    • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Fossil Konservat Lagerstätte from Waukesha, Wisconsin (U.S.A.), predictability of North American Fossil Konservat Lagerstätten, and some insights into ichnofacies”

Areas of Expertise

  • Silurian & Devonian geology (worldwide with specialty in Wisconsin)
  • Paleontology, including Fossil Konservat Lagerstätten & ichnology
  • Carbonate sedimentology, especially Paleozoic reefs & carbonate platforms
  • Sequence & litho -stratigraphy
  • History of lime & stone industry
  • Museum studies


  • Geological Society of America (Fellow)
  • North-Central Section, Geological Society of America
  • Paleontological Society (Collections Committee & Education Committee member)
  • Society of Sedimentary Geology
  • SEPM-Great Lakes Section
  • Association for Women Geoscientists
  • Geological Curators Group
  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
  • Society of Mineral Museum Professionals
  • Wisconsin Federation of Museums (board member)
  • Midwest Museums Association
  • Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (Fellow)
  • Wisconsin Geological Mapping Committee (board vice-chair)
  • Niagara Escarpment Resources Network
  • Fox Valley Museum Consortium
  • Sigma Xi
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • UWC Geography & Geology Department

Other Interests

  • Regional history, history of science, geotourism, travel, photography