My name is James Boyle, I’m currently a 4th year PhD student at SUNY Buffalo working on graptolite paleoecology and extinction dynamics. However, I’ve also worked on placoderms and seem destined to work on Lower Paleozoic critters. This blog represents my personal opinions and research and an attempt to try and get myself on some kind of schedule (not working well so far…).
There are a fantastic array of paleo-themed blogs already on the web but I found that early organisms in Earth’s history were underrepresented. I think animals like placoderms and graptolites deserve more time in the spotlight, they’re just as strange and fascinating as dinosaurs or mammalian megafauna! So the goal of this blog is both for my own personal development as a communicator of science and to educate people on the vast array of organisms that lived and died before the bolide.
Boyle, J., H.D. Sheets, S.-Y. Wu, D. Goldman, M.J. Melchin, R.A. Cooper, P.M. Sadler, and C.E. Mitchell. 2014. A reexamination of the contributions of biofacies and geographic range to extinction risk in Ordovician graptolites. GFF 136:38-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11035897.2013.861864
Boyle, J., H.D. Sheets, S.-Y. Wu, D. Goldman, M.J. Melchin, R.A. Cooper, P.M. Sadler, and C.E. Mitchell. 2017. The Impact of Geographic Range, Sampling, Ecology, and Time on Extinction Risk in the Volatile Clade Graptoloida. Paleobiology 43:85-113. https://doi.org/10.1017/pab.2016.33
Boyle, J. and M.J. Ryan. 2017. New information on Titanichthys (Placodermi:Arthrodira) from the Cleveland Shale (Upper Devonian) of Ohio, USA. Journal of Paleontology 91:318-336. https://doi.org/10.1017/jpa.2016.136