Meet our newest core faculty member and paleontologist from Geology & Geophysics! Dr. Berlanger’s research interests are biotic responses to environmental change; paleoecology; and paleoenvironments.
Dr. Christina Belanger was an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the College of Creative Studies. Belanger had an emphasis in Biology, but also took core geology courses as a paleontology-driven student. Belanger did undergraduate research on Pleistocene molluscan fossils preserved in the Isla Vista Cliffs that extended along the coastline walking distance from campus. UCSB is also where Belanger started working with foraminifera – single-celled protists that make calcareous shells, which preserve well in marine sediments – to reconstruct paleoclimate.