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Rex Hanger

  • Office Location: Upham Hall 109
  • Phone: (262) 472-5258
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Growing up as an "Army brat", my family moved many times from one military base to another for my father's career. By happenstance, in every location, I was always near localities where I could collect rocks and fossils outside, and so I've known I wanted to be a geologist/paleontologist since elementary school. My professional training began in the South at Texas A&M University where I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology. I then moved West, where I completed my Ph.D. in Paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley, which was followed by a cross-country trip back East for a post-doc in Paleobiology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. To complete my tour of all four geographic quadrants on the lower 48, I then traveled North and did a one-year Visiting Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and finally landed my tenured position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where I've taught now for 16 years. My research interests are in Late Paleozoic and Cretaceous marine invertebrate fossils and Recent freshwater gastropods, but I also have a fondness for the Ordovician of the Upper Midwest.

At UW-Whitewater, I teach the following courses:
Geology 204   Earth and Life History  GM  3 credits
Geology 300   Principles of Oceanography  GM  3 credits
Geology 307   Dinosaurs  GM  3 credits
Geology 317   Paleontology  3 credits
Geology 319   Stratigraphy & Sedimentation  3 credits
Geology 492   Field Studies in Geology  1-3 credits
Geography 330   Biogeography  3 credits