Environmental Science, Policy & Geography

Environmental Science Policy & Geography
USF St Petersburg Dav 100
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Ph: 727-873-4156

Maintained by Dr. Bob Wang
Last updated 8/21/13


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colonMichael Martinez-Colon
Visiting Assistant Professor
Email: Dr. Michael Martinez-Colon
Phone: (727) 466-7323

My research interests are in foraminiferal micropaleontology, paleoecology, paleoceanography, environmental micropaleontology (bioindicators), heavy metal pollution, recent foraminiferal distribution and assemblages along Caribbean islands, and regional Caribbean geology/stratigraphy/sedimentation.



Selected Publications

Le Friant, A., Ishizuka, O., Stroncik, N.A., and the Expedition 340 Scientists. Proceedings IODP 340: Tokyo (IODP Management International, Inc.). doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.340.2013. ( http://publications.iodp.org/proceedings/340/340title.htm)

Manga, M., Hornbach, M., Le Friant, A., Ishizuka, O., Stroncik, N. A., Adachi, T., Aljahdali, M., Boudon, B., Breitkreuz, C., Fraas, A., Fujinawa, A., Hatfield, R., Jutzeler, M., Kataoka, K., Lafuerza, S., Maeno, F., Martinez-Colon, M., and others, 2012. Heat flow in the Lesser Antilles island arc and adjacent back arc Grenada Basin. Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems, vol. 13-8, p. 1-19.

Expedition 340 Scientists, 2012. Lesser Antilles volcanism and landslides: implications for hazard assessment and log-term magmatic evolution of the arc. IODP Preliminary Report, 340. doi:10.2204/iodp.pr.34.2012.

Mitchell, S. F., Martinez-Colon, M., Ramsook, R., and Santos H., 2011. A primitive tube-bearing antillocaprinid bivalve, Parasarcolites sohli sp. nov, from Jamaica and Puerto Rico, West Indies. Cretaceous Research, v. 34, p. 149-153.

Hallock, P., Robins, L., Larson, R., Beck, T., Schwing, P., Martinez-Colon, M., and Gooch, B., 2010. West Florida Shelf: A natural laboratory for the study of ocean acidification. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1134, 95p.

Martinez-Colon, M., and Hallock, P., 2010. Trace Metal Study in Torrecilla Lagoon, in Bauza-Ortega, J. (ed), Second Report on the Environmental Conditions of the San Juan Bay Estuary, p. 25-28.

Martinez-Colon, M., and Hallock, P., 2010. Preliminary survey on foraminiferal responses to pollutants in Torrecillas Lagoon-Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science, v. 46-1, p. 106-11.

Martinez-Colon, M., Hallock, P., and Green-Ruiz, C., 2009. Strategies for using shallow-water foraminifers as bioindicators of potentially toxic elements: A review. Journal of Foraminiferal Research, vol. 39-4, p. 278-299.

Schweitzer, C. E., Velez, J., Martinez, M., Collmar, A., Feldmann, R. M., and Santos, H., 2008. New Cretaceous and Cenozoic Brachyura (Crustacea: Thalassinidea, Brachyura) from Puerto Rico: United States Territory. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, vol. 34, p. 1-15.

Pisera, A., Martinez, M., and Santos, H., 2006. Late Cretaceous Siliceous sponges from El Rayo Formation, Puerto Rico. Journal of Paleontology, vol. 80-3, p. 594-600.


  • EVR 2001: Introduction to Environmental Science (Fall/Spring)
  • EVR 2001L: Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory (Fall/Spring)
  • GEO 3027C: Fluid Earth (Fall)
  • EVR 4921: Environmental Science and Policy Seminar (Fall/Spring)
  • EVR 4930: Selected Topics (Environmental Impacts of Pollutants) (Fall)

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