Climatic and Habitat Inference from Features of Mammalian Paleocommunities

Principal Investigators:

John Damuth

Paleomammalogists have explored in recent years a variety of techniques for inferring past climate and vegetation from structural characteristics of fossil mammal communities and faunas. These techniques hold enormous promise for expanding temporal and geographic ranges over which we can make accurate, objective reconstructions of terrestrial habitat characteristics and local or regional climate. However, we badly need a comparison, evaluation, and synthesis of the various methods. This working group will evaluate the various methods by checking... more

Participants and Meetings

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group21st—27th August 1998Participant List  
Working Group9th—13th December 1999Participant List  
Working Group28th March—2nd April 2001Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Peter AndrewsP.Andrews@nhm.ac.ukNatural History Museum, London
Catherine Badgleycbadgley@umich.eduUniversity of Michigan
John Damuthdamuth@lifesci.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Mikael Forteliusmikael.fortelius@helsinki.fiUniversity of Helsinki
Elizabeth A. Hadlyhadly@stanford.eduStanford University
Sylvia Hixsonsylvia@rangwa.freeserve.coUnknown
Christine Janischristine_janis@brown.eduBrown University
Richard H. Maddenrick_madden@baa.mc.duke.eduDuke University
Kaye Reedkreed.iho@asu.eduArizona State University
Jessica Theodorjesst@ucla.eduBrown University
Glenn VanBlaricombvanval@ucla.eduUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Jan A. van Damjdam@geo.uu.nlUniversiteit Utrecht
Lars Werdelinwerdelin@nrm.seSwedish Museum of Natural History
Kirsten Parrisk.parris@botany.unimelb.edu.auUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Felisa A. Smithfasmith@unm.eduUniversity of New Mexico
John W. Williamsjww@geography.wisc.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Blaire Van Valkenburghbvanval@ucla.eduUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Andrews, Peter. 1998. Climate change in Europe. Nikiti, Greece.
Presentations Andrews, Peter. 1998. Climate, vegetation and predictable patterns in mammal species richness in southern Africa. Workshop of the Centre for Evolution and Ecology (CEE). London.
Journal Article Andrews, Peter; Armour-Chelu, M. 1998. Taphonomic observations on a surface bone assemblage in a temperate environment. Bulletin of the Geological Society of France. Vol: 169. Pages 433-442.
Book Andrews, Peter; Cook, J.; Currant, A.; Stringer, C. 1999. Westbury Cave: The Natural History Museum excavations 1976-1984. Western Academic and Specialist Press. Bristol.
Report or White Paper Badgley, Catherine; Damuth, John; Theodor, Jessica; Werdelin, Lars. 2001. Global variation in ecological structure of mammalian faunas and paleoenvironmental inference. (Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Bozeman, MT, 3-6 October 2001). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Vol: 21(3Supplement). Pages 30A.
Presentations Badgley, Catherine; Damuth, John; Theodor, Jessica; Werdelin, Lars. 2001. Global variation in ecological structure of mammalian faunas and paleoenvironmental inference. Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 3-6 October 2001. Bozeman, MT.
Report or White Paper Damuth, John. 1998. Summary of activities for the workshop on Habitat and Climate Inference from the Structure of Mammal Communities. (Online version)
Presentations Damuth, John; Fortelius, Mikael. 2001. Reconstructing mean annual precipitation, based on mammalian dental morphology and local species richness. Environments and Ecosystem Dynamics of the European Neogene, Plenary Workshop, 16 November 2001. Barcelona.
Presentations van Dam, Jan A.; Andrews, Peter; Badgley, Catherine; Damuth, John; Fortelius, Mikael; Hadly, Elizabeth A.; Hixson, Sylvia; Janis, Christine; Madden, Richard H.; Reed, Kaye. 2001. Within-habitat mammal diversity and productivity and their recent patterns across latitude. Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 3-6 October 2001. Bozeman, MT.
Report or White Paper van Dam, Jan A.; Andrews, Peter; Badgley, Catherine; Damuth, John; Fortelius, Mikael; Hadly, Elizabeth A.; Hixson, Sylvia; Janis, Christine; Madden, Richard H.; Reed, Kaye. 2001. Within-habitat mammal diversity and productivity and their recent patterns across latitude. (Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Bozeman, MT, 3-6 October 2001). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Vol: 21(3 Supplement). Pages 43A.
"Climatic and Habitat Inference from Features of Mammalian Paleocommunities" is project ID: 2041