Roy E. Plotnick


A.B., 1976, Columbia University
M.S., 1978, University of Rochester
PhD., 1983, University of Chicago

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Invertebrate paleontology, Paleobiomechanics, Taphonomy, Trace fossils, Landscape ecology, Macroevolutionary patterns, Earth science education

Selected Publications:

  • Plotnick, R.E. 2012. Behavioral biology of trace fossils. Paleobiology, 38(3):459–473.

  • Plotnick, R.E., B. Dattilo, D. Piquard, J. Bauer and J. Corrie. 2013. The orientation of strophomenid brachiopods on soft substrates. Journal of Paleontology, 87(5):818-825.

  • Plotnick, R. E., and J. Bauer. 2014. Crinoids aweigh: experimental biomechanics of Ancyrocrinus holdfasts. . Pp. 1-18. In D. I. Hembree, B. F. Platt, and J. J. Smith, eds. Experimental Approaches to Understanding Fossil Organisms. Springer, Dordrecht.

  • Plotnick. R. E., A. Stigall, and I. Stefanescu. 2014. Evolution of paleontology: Long term gender trends in an earth science discipline. GSA Today, 24(11):44-45.

  • Plotnick, R. E., F. Kenig, and A. C. Scott. 2015. Using the voids to fill the gaps: Caves, time, and stratigraphy. Pp. 233-250. In D. G. Smith, R. J. Bailey, P. M. Burgess, and A. J. Fraser, eds. Strata and Time: Probing the Gaps in Our Understanding. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 404.

  • Plotnick, R.E., J. Theodor, and T. Holtz. 2015. Jurassic Pork: What could a Jewish time traveler eat? Evolution Education and Outreach. 8:17  doi:10.1186/s12052-015-0047-2

  • Plotnick, R. E., C. M. Ebey, and A. Zinga. 2016. A radicle solution: morphology and biomechanics of the Eucalyptocrinites ‘root’ system. Lethaia 49(1):130-144.

  • Plotnick, R. E., F. A. Smith, and S. K. Lyons. 2016. The fossil record of the sixth extinction. Ecology Letters 19(5):546-553.

  • Plotnick, R. E. 2017. Lattice models in ecology, paleontology, and geology. Autogenic Dynamics and Self-Organization in Sedimentary Systems. SEPM Special Publication 106: 83-94

  • Plotnick, R. E. 2017. Recurrent hierarchical patterns and the fractal distribution of fossil localities. Geology 45(4):295-298.

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