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Dr. Adina Frantescu

Adina Frantescu
Dr. Adina Frantescu
Instructor of Geology

Division of Physical and Computational Sciences

Contact Information:
adf50@pitt.edu

Phone: 814-362-5106


103E Fisher Hall

Degrees and Credentials

PhD. Applied Geology, Kent State University 2013
M.S. Geology, Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest 2008
B.S. Geology, Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest 2007

Short Bio

Since she discovered the fascinating world of paleontology in her second year of college Dr. Franţescu was attracted to it immediately. She has been interested in the invertebrate organisms and how they can provide us with clues of the past.

One of the most interesting studies she has done, except for her decapod research, was focused on the morphological reconstruction of the Macrocystella genus, Lower Ordovician in age, based on a collection from Morocco, housed at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France.

In the future, She plans to concentrate her research on invertebrate fossils, the environments they have lived in, their taphonomy, and depositional setting, and how invertebrate fossil can help us answer other questions related to sedimentary basins.

Academic Focus

My research is concentrated on systematics, taxonomy, and taphonomy of fossil decapod crustaceans. The first thing I see when I look at a rock are the fossils. I've been doing field work in Romania, France, and USA mostly based on paleontology.

Included among the courses I have been teaching:

  •     Environmental geology
  •     How the Earth Works
  •     Earth history
  •     All about the oceans

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications

Franţescu A. "Comparative study of the Eocene fossil Decapod Crustaceans of the North American Atlantic Coast and European Tethyan provinces” p. 1-615. Bulletins of American Paleontology- in press.