Roy E. Plotnick


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


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

Selected Publications:

  • Plotnick, R. E., F. Kenig, and A. C. Scott. 2014. Using the voids to fill the gaps: Caves, time, and stratigraphy. P. In D. L. Smith, ed. Strata and Time: Probing the Gaps in Our Understanding. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 404. Geological Society of London.

  • Plotnick, R. E., A. L. 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., 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., B. F. 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 D. M. Smith. 2012. Exceptionally preserved fossil insect ears from the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado. Journal of Paleontology 86(1):19-24.

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

  • Plotnick, R. E., S. Q. Dornbos, and J. Chen. 2010. Information landscapes and sensory ecology of the Cambrian Radiation. Paleobiology 36(2):303-317.

  • Plotnick, R. E., F. Kenig, A. C. Scott, I. J. Glasspool, C. F. Eble, and W. J. Lang. 2009. Pennsylvanian paleokarst and cave fills from northern Illinois, USA: a window into Late Carboniferous environments and landscapes. PALAIOS 24(9-10):627-637.

  • Plotnick, R. E. 2007. Chemoreception, odor landscapes, and foraging in ancient marine landscapes. Palaeontologia Electronica 10(1).

  • Plotnick, R., and P. Wagner. 2006. Round up the usual suspects: common genera in the fossil record and the nature of wastebasket taxa. Paleobiology 32(1):126-146.

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