Edwin C. Allison Center for Historical Science

Throughout the history of science, many of the critical breakthroughs in scientific understanding have resulted from cross-disciplinary research. The mission of the Allison Center for Historical Science is to foster this approach across the fields of paleontology, paleoclimatology, geochemistry, sedimentology, and organismal biology. Specifically, the center seeks to facilitate research designed to improve and disseminate our understanding of global change and biodiversity, arguably the two most important topics facing current and future generations. Research materials of the Co-Directors and their students form the core of an in-house reference and systematics collection, including Cretaceous to Recent ostracodes from globally distributed ocean drilling sites and Ordovician, Devonian, and Carboniferous brachiopods and associated communities from the Appalachian Basin, Great Basin, Ohio Valley, and Mid-continent. Scholarly examination of these and other materials by SDSU students, faculty, and guests (visiting students, post-docs, faculty) are supported through dedicated research space and facilities, including 2-D and 3-D digital image analysis systems and a computer-assisted carbonate microsampling system.