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Kelly E. Cronin

Kelly E. Cronin
Visiting Instructor of Geology
Office: Herty 1100C
Phone: 912-478-1154

Academic Background

Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2020

  • Major: Geology

M.S., University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2015

  • Major: Geoscience

B.A., Cornell University, 2008

  • Major: Biological Sciences

Research Interests

I study bivalve sclerochronology, or how to understand past environments using the growth patterns and chemistry of bivalve shells. My current research focuses on understanding past sea ice persistence using shells of the Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki. I use analytical techniques including growth analysis and trace elemental analysis via LA-ICP-MS.


Cronin, K., Walker, S., & Bowser, S. In review. Striae in the Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki provide environmental insights but not reliable age increments. Polar Biology.

Cronin, K. E., Walker, S. E., Mann, R., Chute, A. S., Long, M. C. & Bowser, S. S. 2020. Growth and longevity of an ecosystem engineer, the Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki under annual and multi-annual sea ice. Antarctic Science, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S0954102020000322

Cronin, K. E., Dietl, G. P., Kelley, P. H., & Edie, S. M. 2018. Life span bias explains live–dead discordance in abundance of two common bivalves. Paleobiology, 44(4), 783–797.

Last updated: 8/19/2021