Katherine Bulinski

Associate Professor
Newman 224
Curriculum Vita (doc)


  • Ph.D. Geology, University of Cincinnati (2008)
  • B.S. Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University (2002)


Invertebrate paleontology, paleoecology, coral-rich ecosystems of the Paleozoic, geoscience education


  • ENVS 130: Understanding Planet Earth
  • ENVS 250: Introduction to Earth Science
  • ENVS 237: Paleontology
  • ENVS 320: Environmental Geology
  • ENVS 420: Environmental Research and Careers
  • ENVS Special Topics: Natural History of Peru

Current Research Projects

  • Paleoecology of the Falls of the Ohio
  • The Waldron Shale Project: inquiry-based paleontology education

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Bellarmine University (2014-Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Physics Department, Bellarmine University (2008-2014)
  • Representative At-Large, Paleontological Society Councilor (2015-2017)
  • Board President, Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light (2016-Present)

Selected Publications

Bulinski, K.V. 2019 Evolution and Faith: Compatible and Complementary. The Record Newspaper, May 16th, 2019. Invited contribution as a part of the faith and science series from the Archdiocese of Louisville. https://therecordnewspaper.org/evolution-and-faith-compatible-and-complimentary/

Bulinski, K.V. 2019 A Time to Speak—A Wide-Angle View of Earth. The Record Newspaper, January 16th, 2019. Column published following invited contribution to the Vatican Observatory Foundation Blog from December, 2018. https://therecordnewspaper.org/a-time-to-speak-a-wide-angle-view-of-earth/ 

Bulinski, K.V., 2018 Paleoecology of the Jeffersonville Limestone Coral Zone Biostrome at the Falls of the Ohio (Devonian, Kentucky-Indiana): a 21st century update. Edited contribution in: Brett C.E., Hartshorn, K.R., Waid, C.B.T., McLaughlin, P.I., Bulinski, K.V., Thomka, J.R., and Paton, T.R., 2018. Lower to Middle Paleozoic Stratigraphy and Paleontology in the Greater Louisville, Kentucky Area. Geological Society of America Field Trip Guidebook.

Bulinski, K.V., 2012 Teaching Evolution to Non-Science Majors in a Seminar Format. In R. Lockwood and M. Yacobucci eds. Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century, Special Publication of the Paleontological Society, Vol. 12.

Miller, A.M., Aberhan, M.J., Buick, D.P., Bulinski, K.V., Ferguson, C.A., Hendy, A.J.W., Kiessling, W., 2009. Phanerozoic trends in the global geographic disparity of marine biotas. Paleobiology Vol. 35 no. 4, pp 612-630

Bulinski, K.V., 2008. The type Cincinnatian as a natural laboratory for investigation of sampling effects. In P.I. McLaughlin, C.E. Brett, S.M. Holland and G.W. Storrs, eds. Stratigraphic Renaissance in the Cincinnati Arch: Implications for Upper Ordovician Paleontology and Paleoecology. Cincinnati Museum Center Scientific Contributions No. 2, p. 141-151.

Bulinski, K.V., 2007. Analysis of sample-level properties along a paleoenvironmental gradient: the behavior of evenness as a function of sample size. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Vol. 253 no 3-4, pp 490-508

Bulinski, K.V., 2007. The shell-selection behavior of hermit crabs in isolation, competition, and predatory settings. Journal of Shellfish Research, Vol. 26, no.1, pp.233-239.