Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Arlington
Dr. Merlynd Nestell
Date Inducted: 2003
Syllabus: Mathematics 4324
For the past 30 years, I have held a joint appointment in the Mathematics and Geology (now Earth and Environmental Sciences) departments at The University of Texas at Arlington. My mathematical interest centers on integral equations and their applications and my geological interest has focused primarily on the biostratigraphy of accreted terranes in the Pacific Northwest with emphasis on the distribution of conodonts and fusulinids. To pursue these interests, I have done field work in geology in 20 different countries and 5 continents since my days as a graduate student at Oregon State University. For the past 12 years, I have been working with Galina Pronina Nestell (Adjunct Professor of earth and Environmental sciences at UTA) whom I met while on a geological field trip to the Crimea in the Ukraine in 1996. We have been working primarily on Middle and Late Permian foraminifer faunas from the Crimea, Greece, North Caucasus of Russia, and West Texas. In the past few years, Galina and I have been working on the integration of the biostratigraphic data concerning foraminifers, conodonts, and radiolarians present in strata of the Bell Canyon Formation (late Middle Permian) and its stratigraphic equivalents in the Guadalupe and Apache mountains. I have had over 20 graduate students complete theses. Many of my former graduate students have worked on stratigraphic problems relating to the Middle-Upper Pennsylvanian and Lower Permian strata in north-central Texas as well as other areas such as Mexico and Oregon. Currently (2008), I have two graduate students, one (M. Sweatt) working on Permian rocks in the Apache Mountains and one (C. Leyva) working on Pennsylvanian (Virgilian) rocks in North Central Texas.