Bill Ausich received his undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Illinois and an A.M and Ph.D. in geology from Indiana University. His first position was at Wright State University, and he moved to The Ohio State University in 1984. He held a Research Fellow appointment at Trinity College, Dublin, which was made possible by a Fulbright Fellowship. Dr. Ausich's research focus is in three areas: 1, evolutionary dynamics of Paleozoic crinoid faunas through major episodes of climate and biosphere change; 2, phylogeny and classification of Paleozoic crinoids; and 3, paleocommunity dynamics through the Phanerozoic. Present research includes phylogenetic reconstruction of crinoids; origination and extinction; description of new faunas from Canada, China, Estonia, and Spain; systematics of Mississippian crinoids from south-central Kentucky; and completing the Revised Crinoid Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. He is author of more than 225 scientific publications and author or editor of 6 books and monographs. His research has been recognized with the Schuchert Award of the Paleontological Society; the Richard Owen Outstanding Alumnus Award, Indiana University; and the Gilbert Harris Award, Paleontological Research Institution. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, Paleontological Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He served as Chair of the Ohio State Department of Geological Sciences and as President of the Paleontological Society. At Ohio State, Dr. Ausich has received the Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, The Distinguished Scholar Award, and several teaching awards from the School of Earth Sciences.