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P. David Polly is an Edward P Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University (2018-19). At Indiana University (IU) he is the Robert R. Shrock Professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and has secondary appointments in the departments of Anthropology and Biological Sciences. David is also president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (2016-18), Director of the IU Center for Biological Research Collections, and Associate Director of the Environmental Resilience Institute at IU.
A vertebrate paleontologist, David studies the evolution of mammals and other vertebrates in the fossil record, including trait-based studies of community response to environmental change, geometric morphometric analysis of evolution and morphology, phylogenetics, biogeography, and speciation at regional and continental geographic scales. He has worked on the interaction of mammals and climate in the contexts of the early radiation of placental mammals 55 million years ago, the transition to modern climates in the Miocene period, and the glacial-interglacial cycles associated with the Paleolithic period in Europe.
Google Scholar Citation Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=aPOrK60AAAAJ&hl=en
Polly, P. D. and G. J. Motz. 2017. Patterns and processes in morphospace: geometric morphometrics of three-dimensional objects. In L. Tapanila and I. Rahman (eds.), Virtual Paleontology. Paleontological Society Papers, 22: 71-99.
Gomez-Robles, A., J. B. Smaers, R. L. Holloway, P. D. Polly, and B. Wood. 2017. Brain enlargement and dental reduction were not linked in hominin evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,USA, 114: 468-473.
Barnosky, A.D., E.A. Hadly, P. Gonzalez, J.J. Head, P.D. Polly, and 36 others. 2017. Merging paleontology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems. Science, 355: eaah4787.
Polly, P. D., C. T. Stayton, E. R. Dumont, S. E. Pierce, E. J. Rayfield, and K. Angielczyk. 2016. Combining geometric morphometrics and finite element analysis with evolutionary modeling: towards a synthesis. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, e1111225: 1-29.
Polly, P. D., J. T. Eronen, A. M. Lawing, and J. Schnitzler. 2016. Processes of ecometric patterning: modelling functional traits, environments, and clade dynamics in deep time. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 118: 39-63.
Head, J. J. and P. D. Polly. 2015. Evolution of the snake body form reveals homoplasy in amniote Hox gene function. Nature, 520: 86-89.
Polly, P. D. and J. J. Head. 2015. Measuring Earth-life transitions: ecometric analysis of functional traits from late Cenozoic vertebrates. In P. D. Polly, J. J. Head, and D. L. Fox (eds.), Earth-Life Transitions: Paleobiology in the Context of Earth System Evolution. Paleontological Society Papers, 21: 21-46.
Polly, P.D. 2015. Gene networks, occlusal clocks, and functional patches: new understanding of pattern and process in the evolution of the dentition. Odontology, 103: 117-125.
Gómez-Robles, A., J. M. Bermúdez de Castro, J.-L. Arsuaga, E. Carbonell, and P. D. Polly. 2013. No known hominin species matches the expected dental morphology of the last common ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 110: 18196-18201.
Polly, P.D., et al. 2013. Phenotypic variation across chromosomal hybrid zones of the Common shrew (Sorex araneus) indicates reduced gene flow. PLoS One, 8(7): e67455.
Gómez-Robles, A. and P. D. Polly. 2012. Morphological integration in the hominin dentition: evolutionary, developmental, and functional factors. Evolution, 66: 1024-1043.
Lawing, A. M. and P. D. Polly. 2011. Pleistocene climate, phylogeny, and climate envelope models: an integrative approach to better understand species’ response to climate change. PLoS ONE, 16: e28554.
Polly, P. D., et al. 2011. History matters: ecometrics and integrative climate change biology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278: 1121-1130.
Polly, P. D. and J. T. Eronen. 2011. Mammal associations in the Pleistocene of Britain: implications of ecological niche modelling and a method for reconstrucing palaeoclimate. Pp. 279-304 in N. Ashton, S. G. Lewis, and C. Stringer (eds.), The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain. Elsevier.
Polly, P. D. and C. B. Stringer. 2011. The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) Database. In R. Macchiarelli and G-C. Weniger (ed.) Pleistocene Databases: Acquisition, Storing, Sharing. Wissenschaftliche Schriften des Neanderthal Museums, 4: 51-60.
Head, J.J., J.I. Bloch, A.K. Hastings, J.R. Bourque, E. Cadena, F. Herrera, P.D. Polly, and C.A. Jaramillo. 2009. Giant boine snake from a Paleocene Neotropical rainforest indicates hotter past equatorial temperatures. Nature, 457: 715-718.
Gündüz, I, M Jaarola, C. Tez, C. Yeniyurt, P.D. Polly, and J. B. Searle. 2007. Multigenic and morphometric differentiation of ground squirrels (Spermophilus, Sciuridae, Rodentia) in Anatolia, with a description of a new species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 43: 916-935.
Caumul, R. and P. D. Polly. 2005. Phylogenetic and environmental components of morphological variation: skull, mandible and molar shape in marmots (Marmota, Rodentia). Evolution, 59: 2460-2472.
Polly, P. D. and R. L. Spang. 2002. History of paleontology. Pp. 69-97 in B. S. Baigrie (ed.), History of Modern Science and Mathematics, Vol. 4, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York.
Polly, P. D. 1996. The skeleton of Gazinocyon vulpeculus n. gen. and comb. (Hyaenodontidae, Creodonta) and the cladistic relationships of Hyaenodontidae (Eutheria, Mammalia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 16: 303-319.