Welcome to life as I know it.  I am a Lecturer in the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences within the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

My primary passion is undergraduate teaching and science education outreach to the adult public (they vote).  I am trained as an invertebrate paleontologist and geologist, specializing in the fossil record of brittle stars and other echinoderms.

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S., The Ohio State University

B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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I have been teaching professionally since 2005.  My courses at Duke University encompass subjects in physical and historical geology, invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology, evolution, oceanography, marine ecology, and climate change.  To learn more about me as a teacher and my courses visit the Teaching tab above.


I am passionate about science as a way of knowing and am deeply interested in how science is perceived by non-scientists. In the past 20 years it has become increasingly acceptable, culturally and politically, to not only hold non-scientific views of the universe, but to teach them in public schools, and base policy decisions on them. Anti-intellectualism has become a strange, egalitarian form of patriotism in the United States.  If you are interested in learning more about my outreach activities regarding anti-evolutionism, climate change skepticism, and sea level rise denial visit the Outreach tab above.


I specialize in the fossil record of brittle stars (Phylum Echinodermata, Class Ophiuroidea), their taxonomy, phylogeny, functional morphology, ecology, and taphonomy.  Occasionally, I also dabble in crinoids, edrioasteroids, asteroids, and cyclocystoids.  To learn more about my research and see a list of my publications click on the Research Tab above.


My wonderful geologist wife Jen and I have been married for 5 years.  We live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with our two sons Adam (17) and Kyle (14), as well as a veritable zoo of animal companions.  I get easily distracted by various interests and hobbies, some of which you can learn about by visiting the Personal Tab above.


Any views on this site, implied, perceived, or clearly stated, are mine and are not necessarily those of Duke University or any of its affiliates – although they should be.  I stubbornly hold on to all of my tentative views.  By visiting my site you agree that you are fully entitled to my opinion.

E-mail: alex.glass@duke.edu                Phone: 919-684-6167                     Fax:919-684-5847

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