Emma C. Rainforth

Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Columbia University
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Rt. 9W
Palisades, NY 10964-8000
Tel: (845) 365-8621
Fax: (801) 838-4126
E-mail: emmar@ldeo.columbia.edu

The above address is still valid; however a more efficient way to reach me is at:

Environmental Science Convening Group
School of Theoretical and Applied Science
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
(201) 684-7209
Fax: (201) 684-7637
E-mail: rainfor@ramapo.edu



Teaching experience

from Sept. 1, 2003
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science (Geology), School of Theoretical and Applied Science, Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Natural Science Instructor, Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari, NM. Introductory-level biology and geology courses.

Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Columbia University, New York. Introductory-level course "Dinosaurs and the History of Life ".

Tutor, Academic Support Program, University of Colorado at Boulder. Introductory-level geology courses.

Academic and Professional experience

Curator, Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum, Tucumcari, NM.

Adjunct Curator, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, NM.

Volunteer collections assistant, Peabody Museum, Yale University (Vertebrate Paleontology division : fossil footprint specimens).

Volunteer collections assistant, Pratt Museum, Amherst College. (Fossil footprint collection).

Faculty Fellow, Columbia University.

Laboratory Assistant, Environmental Geology Laboratory, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Collections Manager, University of Colorado at Denver Dinosaur Tracks Curation Program (offsite extension of Museum of Western Colorado , Fruita, CO).

Grader for undergraduate geology classes (CU Boulder & Denver campuses).

Volunteer preparator, University of Colorado Museum (Paleontology department).

Laboratory assistant and preparator, University of Colorado at Denver Dinosaur Tracks Curation Program.

Volunteer at "Dinosaur Ridge" (Point of Geological Interest, near Denver, Colorado). Track collection, curation, preservation, and interpretive work.

1994 - 1995
Research Assistant and preparator, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, England.

Volunteer geologist, Bureau of Land Management, East Mojave Desert (Needles Resource Area, CA).

Service to the Community

Co-convener of symposium for Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (2002 Meeting): 200 Years of Vertebrate Paleoichnology (R.T. McCrea, E.C. Rainforth, J.L. Wright, P. E. Olsen).

Co-editor, "Vertebrate Paleoichnology" (E.C. Rainforth and R.T. McCrea, editors),  Indiana University Press (expected publication date, Spring 2005.)

Reviewed articles for international paleontological journals and volumes.

Webmaster, Triassic-Jurassic Footprint Project website.

Creator, Connecticut Valley Virtual Ichnological Library website, scanning and making available as pdf's the 19th-century literature on New England footprints, in particular the works of Edward Hitchcock.

Translated French- and German-language paleontological publications for free download from the Polyglot Paleontologist.

Grants awarded

Jurassic Foundation, $2800: "Dinosaurian faunas across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in eastern North America".
Paleobiological Fund, $300: "Tetrapod feet and trackmaker identification: application to Early Mesozoic footprints".


Paleontological (trace and body fossils) fieldwork, Newark Supergroup, eastern North America.

Palichnological fieldwork, Navajo Sandstone, Colorado Plateau.

Field assistant for graduate student, mapping a metamorphic core complex, East Mojave Desert.

Field mapping, Connemara, Ireland.

Field assistant, French Alps; mapping sediments and measuring sections.

Language skills

Reading, writing and basic speaking competence in French
Translation competence in German


British citizen

Professional affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America
History of Earth Sciences Society
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
The Paleontological Society
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology