Department of Science/Mathematics Education

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Faculty Profiles

Homer Montgomery, Ph.D.

Homer Montgomery
Associate Professor
FN 3.308H
972-883-2480

Personal webpage

Education
B.S., Geology, University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Geology, University of Texas at Dallas (Dissertation topic: Paleozoic paleogeography of northern Mexico)

Professional Experience
Associate Professor, 2007-present, University of Texas at Dallas
Assistant Professor, 2001-2007, University of Texas at Dallas
CV Honors professor (2008-present)
Research Scientist/Senior Lecturer in Geosciences and Senior Lecturer in Science Education,1991-2000, University of Texas at Dallas
Adjunct Professor, 2001, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio
Assistant Professor, geology, 1988-1991, University of Puerto Rico
Teaching and Research Assistant, 1983-1988, University of Texas at Dallas
Partner in a small, creative corporation, 1976-1982

Editor, 1999-2007, The Texas Science Teacher (biannual circulation approx. 5,000)
Evaluator, 2005-2012, Texas A&M Commerce Teacher Quality Mathematics Institute
Director, 2002-2007, UTD Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching
Director, 1995-1998, University of Texas at Dallas Eisenhower Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching
Director, 2004-2005, UTD/Mesquite ISD Cambridge Physics Program
Director, 2004-2005, UTD/Richardson ISD Eighth Grade Program
Director, 2003-2004, UTD/Mesquite ISD Integrated Physics and Chemistry Program

Professional Memberships
Geological Society of America
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Museum of Antigua and Barbuda
Royal Yachting Association, U.K.

Current projects
Problem Based Learning
Dr. Montgomery is exploring the methodology of Problem Based Learning in Honors classes at UTD. This educational approach is a revolution in classroom design. Montgomery and Donaldson had their first paper about this experience recently published in the Journal of Geoscience Education.

Paleoecology

Following a recent research paper in the journal Palaios detailing the paleoecology of lakes in the Cretaceous Javelina Formation of west Texas, my work describing various discoveries in the underlying Aguja Formation is now complete. Among the discoveries are a lens of microvertebrates and pristine leaves that establish the environment and record the presence of numerous tiny animals that coexisted with the dinosaurs at this site. There is now also substantial evidence for the existence of wildfires. Finally, thin sections from a bed of 24 coprolites (fossilized poop) give us a good indication of what the dinosaurs were eating. Based on bone inclusions, one dinosaur was a meat eater. A final paper may be in the offing describing the paleoecology of the Perot dinosaur site that was discovered so long ago by UTD students and faculty in Big Bend National Park.

Marine Geology (Paleoclimatology)

A long-term project conducted along the margin of the Gulf of Mexico is producing a detailed record of major storm events. Sediment cores taken mostly in bay sediments adjacent barrier islands reveal hurricane events that are far older than the first recorded hurricane in Texas which was in 1527.

Dr. Montgomery is a member of the research team at the Indian Creek archaeology site in Antigua. Under the direction of Dr. Reg Murphy, the project will continue for several years. Montgomery’s specific interest is to assess climatic shifts and catastrophic events such as hurricanes that coordinate with ancient population changes. The data record is found in sediment cores.

Museum Design

The Lajitas Resort in Lajitas, Texas will build an accredited museum to house fossils from the Big Bend of Texas. Dr. Montgomery is an advisor concerned with educational components.

  • Updated: May 28, 2015