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Kevin Downing

  • Professor; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • 312-476-3618

Kevin Downing holds BS degrees in Astronomy and Geology from University of Illinois-Champaign, an MST in Geology from University of Florida-Gainesville, and a PhD in Geosciences/Evolutionary Biology and Ecology from University of Arizona, Tucson. His research interests are in the fields of paleobiology, geology, and science education. His current research activities involve the investigation of Miocene age fossil mammals, best practices and technological innovation in online science learning environments and evaluating Ocean Acidification Events (OAE) from fossil coral skeletons. He is a member of the Geological Society of America, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and Paleontological Society.

Recent publications

Downing, K. F., (2016). Developing online earth science courses. In Kennepohl, D. K. Teaching science online: Practical guidance for effective instruction and lab work. Stylus Publishing, LLC, pp. 46-66.

Downing, K.F., and Holtz, J.K., (2012). Best Practices for Online Paleontology Instruction. In Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century, The Paleontological Society Special Publications, Volume 12, Margaret M. Yacobucci and Rowan Lockwood (eds.), pp. 109-122. 

Downing, K. F., 2011. The Human Evolutionary Transition from Religion to Science, in: Enduring Questions Is the theory of evolution compatible with evolution.  Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. 

Downing, K.F., and Holtz, J.K., (2011). Incorporating 3D Virtual Laboratory Specimens to Enhance Online Science: Examples from Paleontology and Biology. Chapter 14, 219-238 in Teaching With Digital Media: Best Practices and Innovations in Higher Education. Thomas D. Cox and Kathleen P. King Eds.: Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

Antoine, P.O., Downing, K.F., Crochet, J-Y, Duranthon, F., Flynn, L.J., Marivaux,L., Metais, G., Abdul Rahim Rajpar, A. & Ghazala, R. (2010).  A revision of Aceratherium blanfordi Lydekker, 1884 (Mammalia: Rhinocerotidae) from the early Miocene of Pakistan: postcranials as a key. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society, 160:139-194. 

Holtz, J. K. and Downing, K. F.  (2009). Valuing Science and Science Learning as Global Capital. In Handbook of Blended Shore Education: Adult Program Development and Delivery. Strohschen, G., Ed. New York: Springer. 

Downing, K. F. and Holtz, J.K. (2008). Online Science Learning: Best Practices and Technologies. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing. 353p.

Downing K. F., 2005. A new enigmatic large Rhinocerotid from the upper member of the Chitarwata Formation at Zinda Pir Dome, Western Pakistan.Palaeontologia Electronica,8:1, 20A

Downing K. F. and Lindsay, E. H. 2005. Relationship of Chitarwata Formation paleodrainage and paleoenvironments to Himalayan Tectonics and Indus River paleogeography. Palaeontologia Electronica, 8:1, 20A.

Lindsay, E.H, Flynn, L.J., Cheema, I.U., Barry, J.C., Downing, K.F., Rajpar, A.R. and Raza, S.M. 2005. Will Downs and the Zinda Pir Dome.Palaeontologia Electronica, 8:1, 19A.