Franţescu, Adina

Franţescu, Adina

Dr. Adina Franţescu
Visiting Assistant Professor of Petroleum Technology
Division of Physical and Computational Sciences


Contact Information:

adf50@pitt.edu

814-362-5106
103E Fisher Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. Applied Geology, Kent State University 2013
M.S. Geology, Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest 2008
B.S. Geology, Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest 2007

Academic Focus:

My research is concentrated on systematics, taxonomy, and taphonomy of fossil decapod crustaceans. The first thing I see when I look at a rock are the fossils. I've been doing field work in Romania, France, and USA mostly based on paleontology. 

Included among the courses I have been teaching:

  • Environmental geology
  • How the Earth Works 
  • Earth history
  • All about the oceans

Short Bio:

Since she discovered the fascinating world of paleontology in her second year of college Dr. Franţescu was attracted to it immediately. She has been interested in the invertebrate organisms and how they can provide us with clues of the past. 

One of the most interesting studies she has done, except for her decapod research, was focused on the morphological reconstruction of the Macrocystella genus, Lower Ordovician in age, based on a collection from Morocco, housed at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France.

In the future, She plans to concentrate her research on invertebrate fossils, the environments they have lived in, their taphonomy, and depositional setting, and how invertebrate fossil can help us answer other questions related to sedimentary basins. 


Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:

Franţescu A. Comparative study of the Eocene fossil Decapod Crustaceans of the North American Atlantic Coast and European Tethyan provinces” p. 1-615. Bulletins of American Paleontology- in press.