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Benjamin J. Linzmeier

Benjamin J. Linzmeier

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences

University of South Alabama


My interest in fossils was sparked by watching PBS as a child in rural central Wisconsin. I grew up surrounded by cornfields on the surface of the Great Unconformity and had to content myself by collecting fieldstones (soapstone and quartz). I initially wanted to study dinosaurs. I found my way to my present work through fateful statistics and isotope geochemistry classes that occurred in conjunction with encountering the Buckhorn Asphalt part of the Boggy Formation, in Oklahoma. I became interested in understanding the ecology of cephalopods by using geochemical methods.

I earned my B.S. at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and then moved back to Wisconsin to study in Madison. I earned my MS and PhD in geoscience from the University of Wisconsin, where I focused on applying in situ geochemistry to a variety of ecological questions related to modern and fossil cephalopods. I moved to Northwestern University to study ocean acidification as a postdoctoral fellow before returning to Madison for a second postdoctoral fellowship. In my spare time, I like to build things (home renovation), cook things (from sourdough to smoked meats to veggie burgers from scratch), and paint miniatures for tabletop gaming!

Download my curriculum vitae.

  • Paleobiology
  • Paleoclimate
  • Biomineralization
  • Data infrastructure
  • PhD in Geoscience, 2017

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • MS in Geoscience, 2012

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • BSc in Geology, 2009

    Bowling Green State University


Associate Professor of Earth Sciences
University of South Alabama
Aug 2021 – Present Mobile, Alabama

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Service
Postdoctoral Researcher
Oct 2019 – Jul 2021 Madison, Wisconsin
Worked in the WiscSIMS lab and on the Sparrow project.
Ubben postdoctoral fellow
Sep 2017 – Sep 2019 Evanston, Illinois
Research ocean acidification with Calcium isotopes.


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  • Earth Sciences University of South Alabama LSCB 343, Mobile, AL 36688
  • Enter LSCB Building from North Side using the stairs, walk to 3rd floor, room is beyond an outer hallway entrance
  • Monday 1 to 3 PM
    Tuesday 3 to 5 PM
    Friday 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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