Dr. Lisa E. Park Boush

Dr. Lisa E. Park Boush

Title: Professor
Department: Geosciences
Office: CRH 63
Phone: 330 972 7633
Fax: 330 972 7611
Email: lepark@uakron.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format

Research Accomplishments


Ostracodes, paleoecology, climate change, phylogeny reconstruction, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy, biodiversity, large lakes, wetlands, small mammals.

Research Interests

I have a diverse, field based research program that is centered on several themes. My primary focus is on the arthropod group Ostracoda, using them as a means by which to address significant questions with respect to speciation, paleoecology, biodiversity, taphonomy and paleoenvironmental reconstruction of terrestrial systems. To address these various questions, I use phylogeny reconstruction, trace element geochemistry, morphometrics and the stratigraphic record. The methods and tools that I employ depend significantly upon the question that I am addressing. In general, those questions are broad in scope with wide-reaching implications for paleobiology and the history of life. I have a field-based research program, centered primarily in Africa (Lake Tanganyika and Eritrea), but have also worked extensively in North America, primarily in Neogene terrestrial strata. In addition, I have a strong interest in modern lakes and wetlands, particularly with respect to conservation biology and environmental remediation.

National Service Awards/Honors

  • Geology, Editorial Board (2002-2004)
  • Limnogeology Division Secretary, Geological Society of America (2002-Present)
  • Geological Society of America Membership Committee (2000-Present)
  • Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturer (2001-2003)
  • Paleontological Society Joint Technical Coordinating Committee for the Geological Society of America (2001-Present)
  • Paleontological Society Schuchart Award Committee (2002-2004)
  • Species in Ancient Lakes (SIAL) Steering Committee
  • Mentor Marsh Phragmites Remediation Committee (1998-Present)
  • Earth and Sky Scientific Advisor (1998-Present)
  • Geological Society of America Graduate Research Award (1991)


Michelson, A.V. and Park, L.E. 2013.  Taphonomic dynamics of lacustrine ostracodes on San Salvador, Bahamas: High fidelity and evidence of anthropogenic modification.  PALAIOS.


 Park, L.E., 2012. Comparing two long-term hurricane frequency and intensity records from San Salvador Island, Bahamas.  Journal of Coastal Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-11-00065.1.


Ph.D., 1995, Geosciences, University of Arizona (minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)


  • Advanced Paleontology (3370:562)
  • Archaeological Geology (3370:405/505)
  • Introduction to Paleontology (3370:360)
  • Micropaleontology (3370:563)
  • Bahamas Field Course (3370:495)
  • Field Camp II (3370:493/593)
  • Archaeogeophysical Survey (3370:407/507)