Ph.D. (Candidate) Geology, Rutgers University, 1996
M.A. in Geology, Rutgers University, 1991
B.A. in Geology, Hofstra University, 1979
A.A.S. in Electronic Technology, Nassau Community College, 1977
O.S.H.A. 40-hour course, Technician III, 1995
1995-1996: Graduate Fellowship, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
1994-present: Geologist, New Jersey Geological Survey; compilation and
manipulation of ARC/INFO GIS coverages and maps
1993-1994: CAD/Graphic Artist
1991-1993: Graduate Research Assistant, Rutgers University
1989-91; 1993-94: Teaching Assistant/Teaching Assistant Supervisor, Rutgers
1988-1989: Paid Field Consultant, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory
1982-1986: Research Assistant, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory
1986-1989: Teaching Assistant/Teaching Assistant Supervisor/Adjunct,
HONORS AND ACADEMIC AWARDS
Graduate Fellowship, 1995-96
Victoria Foundation Scholarship, 1994
Sigma Xi, 1993
Sigma Gamma Epsilon, 1987
Phi Theta Kappa, 1977
Cum Laude, Nausau Community College, 1977
INVITED TALKS AND LECTURES
1992: Reading Museum, Pennsylvania. "Tetrapod trackways in the Jacksonwald
syncline, constraints on diversity and implications for the
Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction."
1990: American Museum of Natural History (Paleontological Society), New
York City. "Evolution, mass extinction and the Cretaceous-Tertiary
1989: Newark Museum, New Jersey."The demise of the dinosaurs."
Introduced geology (minerals, maps, paleontology, geological careers) to
elementary school students in a program of enhanced study, Asbury Park
Public School System, Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Terrestrial basin analysis
Structural and straigraphic evolution of rift basins
Tectonic and climatic controls on rift basin sedimentation
Terrestrial tetrapod extinctions
Use of cyclostraigraphy for gauging evolutionary and extinction rates
SIGNIFICANT FIELD WORK
1986-present: Newark basin of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Identification of terrestrial vertebrate ichnofauna, cyclostratigraphy,
biostratigraphy, sedimentology, and structural geology.
1992: Fundy rift basin, Nova Scotia, Canada. Measured and described
stratigraphic sections of Triassic and Jurassic rocks.
1988-1989: Richmond basin, Midlothian, Virginia. On-site supervisor,
Silvestri , S. M. and Szajna, M. J., 1993. (invited paper) Biostratigraphy
of vertebrate footprints in the Late Triassic section of the Newark basin,
Pennsylvania: reassessmant of stratigraphic ranges. in: Lucas, S. G. and M.
Morales, eds., 1993. The Nonmarine Triassic. New Mexico Museum of Natural
History and Science Bulletin No. 3.
Silvestri, S. M. and Schlische, R. W., 1992. Analysis of Newark basin drill
cores and outcrop sections: tectonic and climatic controls of lacustrine
facies architecture. Geological Society America Abstracts with Programs,
Silvestri, S. M., Schlische, R. W., and Olsen, P. E., 1991. Analysis of
deformed tetrapod footprints from the Jacksonwald syncline of the Newark
basin: implications for the Triassic-Jurassic extinctions. Geological
Society America Abstracts with Programs, 23:127.
Schlische, R. W., Olsen, P. E., Cornet, B., and Silvestri, S. M., 1991.
Preliminary analysis of Newark basin drilling project cores: Implications
for basin tectonics: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs,
Silvestri, S. M. and Olsen, P. E., 1989. Ichnostratigraphy of the
Jacksonwald syncline: the last 7 million years of the Triassic. Geological
Society America Abstracts with Programs, 21(2): 66. [Invited abstract]
Silvestri, S. M. and Olsen, P. E., 1988. Uniquely preserved trackway of the
reptile ichnotaxon Rhynchosauroides hyperbates BAIRD from the Late Triassic
of Arcola, Pennsylvania, associated forms, and significance to
Carnian-Norian extinctions. Geological Society America Abstracts with
Programs, 20(1): 70.
Sancetta, C. and Silvestri, S. M., 1986. Pliocene-Pleistocene evolution of
the North Pacific ocean-atmosphere system, interpreted from fossil diatoms.
Paleoceanography, 1: 163-180.
Sancetta, C. and Silvestri, S. M., 1984. Diatom stratigraphy of the Late
Pleistocene (Brunhes) Subarctic Pacific. Marine Micropaleontology, 9:
M.S., Ichnofauna of the last 7 million years of the Triassic from the
Jacksonwald syncline, Newark basin, Pennsylvania.
Ph.D., Facies analysis and biostratigraphy of the Late Triassic age Passaic
Formation: Newark rift basin, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (in prep.).
MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS
Silvestri, S. M., Stratigraphic correlation of overlap sections of seven
drill cores from the Triassic of the Newark basin, New Jersey: for Basin
Silvestri, S. M., Cycle correlation, thickening trends and facies changes
of individual Triassic lake highstands across the Newark basin, New York,
New Jersey, and Pennsylvania: for Journal of Sedimentary Research.
Silvestri, S. M., Ichnostratigraphy of the Late Triassic, Newark basin, New
Jersey and Pennsylvania: for Palaios.
Silvestri, S. M., Schlische, R. W. and Olsen, P. E., Deformed footprints of
the Jacksonwald syncline, southwestern Newark basin: for Northeastern
Silvestri, S. M. and Schlische, R. W., Toward a dynamic, three-dimensional,
rift-basin lacustrine facies model: for Sedimentology.
Silvestri, S. M. and Olsen, P. E., A Carnian ichnofaunal record of the late
Triassic from a site in Arcola, PA: significance for the Carnian-Norian
tetrapod extinction record.
Szajna, M. J., and Silvestri, S. M., in prep. (invited paper, Society of
Vertebrate Paleontologists Special Publication) A new species of chirothere
from the Newark basin, Pennsylvania: implications for latest Triassic