Sean Moran

Collections Manager, Paleontology and Geology

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • MS in Geological Sciences, University of Florida, 2014
  • BS in Geology, College of William and Mary, 2011

Research Interests

Sean is broadly interested in the evolutionary response of fossil vertebrates to climatic drivers. Actively, he is using GIS modeling, stable isotope geochemistry, and morphometrics to better understand changes in North American mammals during a major climate transition 34 million years ago at the Eocene-Oligocene boundary. During this period, Earth transitioned from an ice-less "greenhouse" planet to a cooler one with permanent, polar ice in the Southern Hemisphere. This event resulted in a major reorganization of the global biosphere, including, to varying degrees, mammals. Sean has performed fieldwork from the Cambrian to the Holocene across the United States, including in Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, and New Jersey, as well as internationally in Panama and the Bahamas. In addition, Sean is passionate about involving the public in paleontology and understanding how those interactions impact all involved. Sean's primary goals for the Museum focus on building and improving the paleontology and geology collections while increasing accessibility to researchers and the public.

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