Prof. Dr Stanley C. Finney


Dr Stanley Finney is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at California State University at Long Beach (CSULB). Before being elected Secretary General of IUGS for the term of 2016-2020, he served as Chair of the IUGS Commission on Stratigraphy - ICS (2008-2016), Vice Chair of ICS (2000-2008) and Chair of the ICS Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy (1996-2004).

His research focus is stratigraphic paleontology, and he has published on Ordovician graptolites, the Late Ordovician Mass extinction, the Taconic Foreland basin of the Appalachians, Ordovician stratigraphy of the Arbuckle and Ouachita Mountains of Oklahoma and Arkansas, the paleogeographic and geotectonic history of the Argentina Precordillera, and the stratigraphy and structure of the Roberts Mountains allochthon of north-central Nevada.

More recently, he has addressed the question of the ‘Anthropocene’ as a formal chronostratigraphic unit. He served as Chair of Geological Sciences at CSULB from 1988-2009 and as director of the Environmental Science & Policy degree program at CSULB (2003-2009). He has held positions of Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Natural History at the University of Salzburg, Austria in 2002, and the position of Fulbright Senior Scholar at Charles University, Czech Republic in 2010.

  • Address: Department of Geological Sciences California State University, Long Beach CA 90840 USA
  • Email: scfinney(at)
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