Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Email: history@montana.edu
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry
dcherry@montana.edu

Department Business Accounts Manager

Cassandra Balent
cassandra.balent@montana.edu

Daniel Zizzamia, PhD Student

Daniel Zizzamia

Current Semester

Fall 2013 Courses:

TBA

Office Hours: TBA

Office:

Email: daniel.zizzamia@msu.montana.edu

Research Interests

Environmental History

History of Science

History of Technology

Research Statement

My current research uses the Western Interior Seaway (WIS), a maritime paleoenvironment organizing geography to address the historical geography of the American West between 1860 and 1980, from influential paleontological discoveries and geologic resource-based and coal related settlement patterns to controversial coal strip-mining practices and commercial fossil hunting. In this geography, paleontologists, railroad workers, coal miners, Native Americans and agriculturalists constitute a community impacted by the ecologies and processes of geologic time, which in turn impacted socio-cultural matrices and environmental transformations from the late nineteenth-century to today.

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations

Best Doctoral Paper, Montana State University History Department, 2012

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Montana State University College of Letters and Sciences, 2010.

Outstanding PhD Teaching Assistant Montana State University Department of History and Philosophy, 2010.

Conference Papers

Zizzamia, Daniel (2010), “Mining a Shallow Sea of Deep Time: Fossils and Fossil Fuels in the Western Interior Seaway,” Paper presented at the North American Society for Oceanic History Conference in Mystic, CT. 

Zizzamia, Daniel (2010), “Imaginings and Socio-Cultural Interactions in the Western Interior Seaway,” Paper presented at the Network in Canadian History and the Environment Place and Placelessness Virtual Environmental History Conference for Graduate Students. 

Zizzamia, Daniel (2011), “‘we are still living in the Cretaceous epoch’: The Ties of Deep Time: Marine Fossils and Fossil Fuels in the American West,” Paper Presented at the Columbia History of Science Group Annual Conference in Friday Harbor, WA.

Zizzamia, Daniel (2011), “Settling a Shallow Sea of Deep Time: Fossils, Coal, and Industry in the Western Interior Seaway,” Paper Presented at the American Society for Environmental History Conference in Phoenix, AZ.