I focus on processes at the interface between the biological and geological sciences and collect data over a wide range of spatio-temporal scales. Projects range from non-applied studies devoted to theoretical paleobiology to more applied investigations in conservation biology and environmental sciences. The key themes include taphonomy, evolutionary paleoecology, and conservation paleobiology. Statistical approaches (especially computer-intensive strategies such as bootstrapping) are the underlying methodological theme, including development of quantitative methods for exploring and assessing empirical data retrievable from the geological record.
Keywords: Paleoecology, Taphonomy, Morphometrics, Ichnology, Computer-Intensive Statistical Methods, Lingulid Brachiopods, Benthic Mollusks, Drilling Predators, Trace Fossil Makers, Modern Macrotidal/Deltaic Environments of Baja California, Mexico, Holocene History of the southern Brazilian shelf, Miocene Marine Bioprovinces of Europe, Paleozoic Fossil Record of Parana Basin, Brazil
Post-doctoral researchers Claudio de Francesco (2007) John Huntley (2007-2008) Richard Krause (2006-2007) Yurena Yanes (2005-2007) Daniele Scarponi (2003-2005) Former students John Huntley (Ph.D., 2007) (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Virginia Tech) Susan Barbour Wood (Ph.D., 2006) (Assist. Prof., East Carolina U.) Richard Krause (Ph.D., 2006) (Humboldt Research Fellow) Jennifer Stempien (Ph.D., 2006) (Post-Doctoral Resercher, UC Boulder) Michelle Casey (M.S., 2005) (Ph.D. Student, Yale) (co-advisor: N. Fraser) Megan Brown (M.S., 2004) (Instructor, Virginia State University) David Rodland (Ph.D., 2003) (Assist. Prof., GWU) Alan Hoffmeister (Ph.D., 2002) (Assist. Prof., SUNY Oswego) Monica Carroll (M.S., 2001) (Research Technician, Illinois) Matthew Powell (M.S., 2000) (Assist. Prof., Juniata College)
Current students Jackie Wittmer (Ph.D. candidate, since 2009) Majken Schimmel (M.S. candidate, since 2008) Amy Smith (Ph.D. candidate, since 2007) (co-advisor: N. Fraser) Carrie Tyler (Ph.D. candidate, since 2007) Troy Dexter (Ph.D. candidate, since 2006) Peter Voice (Ph.D. candidate, since 2005)
Kowalewski, M., and Kelley, P. H., eds. (2002) The Fossil Record of Predation: Paleontological Society Special Papers, v. 8, Paleontological Society, Yale Printing Service, New Haven, CT, 398pp. (ISSN 1089-3326).
Selected Recent Publications
Kowalewski, M., Kiessling, W., Aberhan, M., Fuersich, F.T., Scarponi**, D., Barbour Wood*, S.L., and Hoffmeister*, A.P. (2006) Ecological, taxonomic, and taphonomic components of the post-Paleozoic increase in sample-level species diversity of marine benthos. Paleobiology32: 533-561.
Kowalewski, M., Hoffmeister, A.P., Baumiller, T.K., and Bambach, R.K. (2005) Secondary evolutionary escalation between brachiopods and enemies of other prey. Science308: 1774-1777.
Kowalewski, M. (2004) Drill holes produced by the predatory gastropod Nucella lamellosa (Muricidae): Paleobiological and ecological implications. Journal of Molluscan Studies70:359-370.
Kowalewski, M., and Rimstidt, J. D. (2003) Lifetime and age spectra of detrital grains: toward a unifying theory of sedimentary particles. Journal of Geology111:427-440.
Kowalewski, M., Simões, M.G., Carroll, M., and Rodland*, D.L., (2002) Abundant brachiopods on a tropical, upwelling-influenced shelf (Southeast Brazilian Bight, South Atlantic). Palaios17:277-286.
Kowalewski, M., Gürs, K., Nebelsick, J.H., Oschmann, W., Piller, W.E., and Hoffmeister, A.P. (2002) Multivariate hierarchical analyses of Miocene mollusk assemblages of Europe: Paleogeographic, paleoecological, and biostratigraphic implications: Geological Society of America Bulletin114:239-256.
Kowalewski, M., Avila Serrano, G.E., Flessa, K.W., and Goodfriend, G.A. (2000) Dead delta's former productivity: Two trillion shells at the mouth of the Colorado River. Geology28:1059-1062.
Selected Recent Publications of Students/Post-Docs
Brown, M.E., Kowalewski, M., Neves, R.J., Cherry, D.S., and Schreiber, M.E. (2005) Freshwater mussel shells as environmental chronicles: Geochemical and taphonomic signatures of mercury-related extirpations in the North Fork Holston River, Virginia. Environmental Science and Technology39:1455-1462.
Scarponi, D., and Kowalewski, M., (2004) Stratigraphic paleoecology: Bathymetric signatures and sequence overprint of mollusk associations from the upper Quaternary sequences of the Po Plain, Italy. Geology 32: 989-992.
Krause, R.A. (2004) An assessment of morphological fidelity in the sub-fossil record of a terebratulide brachiopod. Palaios19:460-476.
Rodland, D. L., Kowalewski, M., Dettman, D.L., Flessa, K. W., Atudorei, V., and Sharp, Z. (2003) High resolution analysis of delta-O-18 in the biogenic phosphate of modern and fossil lingulid brachiopods. Journal of Geology111:441-454.
Carroll, M., Kowalewski, M., Simões, M.G., and Goodfriend, G.A., (2003) Quantitative estimates of time-averaging in brachiopod shell accumulations from a modern tropical shelf. Paleobiology29:382-403.
Powell, M.G., and Kowalewski, M. (2002) Increase in evenness and alpha diversity through the Phanerozoic: Comparison of Early Paleozoic and Cenozoic marine fossil assemblages. Geology30:331-334.
Hoffmeister, A.P., and Kowalewski, M. (2001) Spatial and environmental variation in the fossil record of drilling predation: A case study from the Miocene of Central Europe. Palaios16:566-579.