Daniel Stephen

Faculty Member

Dr. Dan Stephen


Dan's formal education includes BS and MS degrees in Geology from the University of Arkansas and a PhD in Geology from Texas A&M University. Other important educational and professional experiences include an internship with Shell Oil Company in New Orleans and post-doctoral research in the Caribbean and Central America as well as at Purdue University.
Dan is a paleontologist and stratigrapher whose research interests are diverse but generally encompass geologic history and evolutionary biology. Since moving to Utah, his studies have focussed mainly on the Mesozoic of western North America. These investigations have often involved numerous UVU students and international collaborations of scientists concentrating especially on the ancient life and environments of the Early Triassic.
Dan is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Earth Science. In addition, he previously served as the Director of the Environmental Studies Program at UVU for over a decade. He has worked on campus and beyond in a broad range of capacities at a broad range of levels, from giving fossil presentations to local kindergarten classes to serving as President of the Southwest Section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers to helping organize professional scientific conferences.
Although research and service are vital components of his workload, Dan's primary role at UVU is teaching. He has developed and taught over a dozen different courses on a wide variety of topics in geology, biology, and environmental studies, including a study abroad natural history course in Costa Rica.


Ph D, Texas A&M University, 2001

Major: Geology

MS, University of Arkansas, 1997

Major: Geology

BS, University of Arkansas, 1994

Major: Geology


GEO 1220

Historical Geology, Spring 2022

GEO 1225

Historical Geology Laboratory, Spring 2022

GEO 1010

Introduction to Geology PP, Spring 2022

GEO 4500

Sedimentary Geology, Spring 2022

GEO 489R

Student Research, Spring 2022


Stephen, Dan , , "", Walden School, Provo, Utah, USA. ()
Stephen, Dan , 8th International Cephalopod Symposium, "Array", Dijon, France . ()
Stephen, Dan , 8th International Cephalopod Symposium, "Coniacian (Late Cretaceous) ammonoid fauna of eastern Utah, USA.", Dijon, France. ()
Stephen, Dan , 8th International Cephalopod Symposium, "Late Cretaceous nautiloids from eastern Utah, USA", Dijon, France. ()
Stephen, Dan , Bylund, K.G. , 8th International Cephalopod Symposium, "Taphonomy of dense concentrations of juvenile ammonoids in the Mancos Shale in east-central Utah, USA", Dijon, France. ()
Stephen, Dan , 9th North American Paleontological Conference, "Array", Cincinnati, OH . ()

Scholarly/Creative Works

Stephen, Dan , Bylund, K.G. , "Coniacian ammonoid fauna of eastern Utah" . Palaeontology.
Stephen, Dan , Goundemand, N. , Bucher, H. , Brayard, A , Bylund, K.G. , Menlove, L. , "Early Triassic conodonts in central and western Utah" . Lethaia.
Stephen, Dan , Bylund, K.G. , "Late Cretaceous nautiloids from the Western Interior Seaway" . Journal of Paleontology.
Stephen, Dan , Bylund, K.G. , "Paleobiology and taphonomy of juvenile ammonoids from the Upper Cretaceous Mancos Shale in eastern Utah" . Geobios.
Stephen, Dan , (2010) "Ammonoid beds in the Lower Triassic Thaynes Formation of western Utah, USA" . Tokyo, Japan: Cephalopods – Present and Past.
Stephen, Dan , Bylund, K.G. , (2010) "Coniacian (Late Cretaceous) ammonoid fauna of eastern Utah, USA" . Dijon, France: Cephalopods — Present and Past, Abs. with Prgms..