Faculty and Staff

Martin Becker

Professor • Department of Environmental Science

I am professor in the Department of Environmental Science and have been teaching in secondary and higher education for almost three decades. My research is based on self-collected fossil assemblages discovered across the United States and focuses primarily on evolutionary relationships of chondrichthyans, osteichthyans and reptiles. During my career, I have: 1) co-authored over forty peer-reviewed manuscripts that document mass extinction, sea level history and large scale climate change; 2) received externally funded grants; and 3) been awarded for excellence in undergraduate teaching. I encourage student involvement in all elements of field and laboratory work with some of the more exciting discoveries included in the collections of regional museums. I my free time, I am licensed captain, avid fisherman, clammer and boater and enjoy fossil collecting, hiking and backpacking.

Professional Interests

Mesozoic and Cenozoic Chondrichthyans, Osteichthyans, Reptiles Devonian Invertebrates

Other Interests

Saltwater Fishing, Boating, Diving, Hiking


PhD Paleontology and Geochemistry, CUNY, New York, NY , NY

MS Paleontology and Stratigraphy, Montclair State University Upper Montclair , NJ

BS Geology, Rutgers College, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ


Paleontology, Geology, Earth and Environmental Science Education

Licenses and Certifications

Teaching License 08/01/1993
Secondary Education-Earth Science, The State of New Jersey

Notable Courses Taught

General Geology, Earth through Time, and Meteorology

By appointment