BenU Faculty since 2009          
Ph.D., Duke University (2004)
M.S., University of Cincinnati (1999)
B.S., Moravian College (1996)

Courses Taught
Principles of Organismal Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleobiology, Great Ideas in Biology and Medicine

Research Areas
paleobiology; comparative paleoecology; body size evolution and macroecology; morphometrics; marine invertebrates

Recent Publications

  1. Villéger, S., P.M. Novack-Gottshall, and D. Mouillot. 2011. The multidimensionality of the niche reveals functional turnover in benthic marine biotas across geological time. Ecology Letters 14: 561-568.

  2. Bush, A. and P.M. Novack-Gottshall. 2012. Modelling the ecological-functional diversification of marine Metazoa on geological time scales. Biology Letters 8: 151-155.

  3. Kowalewski, M., J.L. Payne, F.A. Smith, S.C. Wang, D.W. McShea, S. Xiao, P.M. Novack-Gottshall, C.R. McClain, R.A. Krause, Jr., A.G. Boyer, S. Finnegan, S.K. Lyons, J.A. Stempien, J. Alroy, and P.A. Spaeth. 2011. The Geozoic Supereon. Palaios 26: 251-255.

  4. Payne, J.L., C.R. McClain, A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R.A. Krause, Jr., S.K. Lyons, D.W. McShea, P.M. Novack-Gottshall, F.A. Smith, P. Spaeth, J.A. Stempien, and S.C. Wang. 2011. The evolutionary consequences of oxygenic photosynthesis: a body size perspective. Photosynthesis Research 107: 37-57.

  5. Kowalewski, M. and P. Novack-Gottshall. 2010. Resampling methods in paleontology. Pp. 19-54 in J. Alroy and G. Hunt, eds. Quantitative Methods in Paleobiology. Paleontological Society Special Paper 16. Yale Printing Services, New Haven. [Invited book chapter]

  6. Bennington, J.B., W.A. DiMichele, C. Badgley, R.K. Bambach, P. Barrett, A.K. Behrensmeyer, R. Bobe, R. Burnham, T. Daeschler, J. Van Dam, J. Eronen, D.H. Erwin, S. Finnegan, S. Holland, G. Hunt, D. Jablonski, S.T. Jackson, B. Jacobs, S.M. Kidwell, P. Koch, M. Kowalewski, C. Labandeira, C. Looy, S.K. Lyons, P.M. Novack-Gottshall, R. Potts, P. Roopnarine, C. Strömberg, H. Sues, P. Wagner, P. Wilf, and S. Wing. 2009. Critical issues of scale in paleoecology. Palaios 24: 1-4.

  7. Payne, J.L., A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R.A. Krause, Jr., S.K. Lyons, C.R. McClain, D.W. McShea, P.M. Novack-Gottshall, F.A. Smith, J.A. Stempien, and S.C. Wang. 2009. Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.) 106: 24-27.

  8. Novack-Gottshall, P.M. and M.A. Lanier. 2008. Scale-dependence of Cope’s rule during body-size evolution of Paleozoic brachiopods. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.) 105: 5430-5434.

  9. Novack-Gottshall, P.M. 2008. Ecosystem-wide body size trends in Cambrian-Devonian marine invertebrate lineages. Paleobiology 34: 210-228.

  10. Novack-Gottshall, P.M. 2008. Using simple body size metrics to estimate fossil body volume: Empirical validation using diverse Paleozoic invertebrates. Palaios 23: 163-173.

  11. Novack-Gottshall, P.M. 2007. Using a theoretical ecospace to quantify the ecological diversity of Paleozoic and modern marine biotas. Paleobiology 33: 274-295.

Philip Novack-Gottshall, Ph.D.

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