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Comparative paleoecology of marine animals & communities

It seems intuitive that ancient, fossilized communities—and the organisms composing them—were strikingly different from those living today.  While understanding the ecology of ancient communities is important in its own right, their fossil record can also test and expand current theories regarding modern communities.  Significantly, the fossil record offers a means to distinguish among those mechanisms unique to the present-day—perhaps related to our peculiar biologic, geographic, climatic, and oceanographic conditions—from those that are universal, regulating all manner of ecologically interacting systems.  My research uses the vast temporal record of fossil communities (especially Paleozoic ones) to illuminate reciprocally both the structure of modern communities as well as those of the past.  In this vein, my research combines evolutionary biology and community ecology with the methods and interpretive lenses of analytical paleobiology, macroecology, and functional morphology.


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Silurian brachiopod sizesHow has body size changed through time?


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PaleoDIMPL: Paleobiology & Digital Imaging, Morphometrics & Photomacrography Lab

Biological Sciences Department and College of Science

Biological Sciences and College of Science faculty

Benedictine U niversity