Roy E. Plotnick

Professor

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

Website:
http://tigger.uic.edu/~plotnick/plotnick.htm

Research:
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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Contact Information

Office: 2454 SES, MC 186
Phone: 312-996-2111
Fax: 312-413-2279
Email: plotnick@uic.edu