Reed Wicander is a geology professor at Central Michigan University where he teaches physical geology, historical geology, prehistoric life, and invertebrate paleontology and was previously chair of the department. He obtained his bachelor's at San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. at UCLA. His main research interests involve various aspects of Paleozoic palynology, specifically the study of acritarchs, on which he has published numerous papers. He is a past president of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists and currently a councilor of the International Federation of Palynological Societies and chairman of the Acritarch Subcommission of the Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paleozoique. He has co-authored several geology textbooks with James S. Monroe.
James S. Monroe is Professor Emeritus of geology at Central Michigan University where he taught physical geology, historical geology, prehistoric life, and stratigraphy and sedimentology since 1975 and was in the past also chairman of the geology department. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. He has co-authored several textbooks with Reed Wicander and has interests in Cenozoic geology and geologic education. Stew now lives in Chico, California, where he remains active in geology by teaching courses to a large group of retirees.