The Man Behind the Collection

William Zinsmeister is a professor of Geology at Purdue University. Between 1975 and 1995, he led five field expeditions to the Antarctic, and participated in five more. He has led other expeditions to places all around the world. Amongst those were trips to South America and the Canadian Arctic. William J. Zinsmeister is a Paleontologist with special expertise in stratigraphy and biogeography. He has published over 100 papers spanning many topics related to paleontology and geology. Much of his work has been on the Cretaceous and Paleogene periods with a special focus on the events surrounding the ecological crises at Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary (K-T boundary), which led to one of the biggest mass exctinction in earth history.

Dr. William Zinsmeister in the field on Seymour Island in 1982, surrounded by fossil ammonoids. Image courtesy of W. J. Zinsmeister.