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Tony Barnosky
Curator/Professor, Integrative Biology

Tony Barnosky

Email: barnosky@berkeley.edu

Phone: (510) 643-6275

Web page: http://ib.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/person_detail.php?person=15

His research: "I'm interested in how large-scale changes to the environment affect the ecology and distribution of mammals. Good examples are the effects of global warming and habitat fragmentation. I investigate these changes by looking at similar events in the past, and how they affected communities of mammals."

Why UCMP? "To do my work, I need to have access to exceptionally good collections of fossil materials and to people who have intellectual expertise relating to what I am studying, particularly in areas such as ecology and evolution. That's certainly the case here. And not only do I have access to UCMP's outstanding fossil collections, but I can also do comparative work with recent mammal collections housed in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology."

Visit the Barnosky Lab Web pages to read more!

Read more about Tony's research in this February 2006 web article.

Listen to a BBC radio broadcast (May 2012) about the possibility of our being in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.

Publications:

Barnosky, A.D. 2013. Climate change. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction. Ed. Norman MacLeod. Detroit: Gale, 2013. 735-747.


Barnosky, A.D. 2013. Mammals (modern). Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction. Ed. Norman MacLeod. Detroit: Gale, 2013. 365-373.


Barnosky, A.D. 2013. Palaeontological evidence for defining the Anthropocene. In, C. N. Waters, J. A. Zalasiewicz, M. Williams, M. A. Ellis & A. M. Snelling (eds), A Stratigraphical Basis for the Anthropocene. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 395, doi 10.1144/SP395.6  Read it


Barnosky, A.D. 2013. We Won Our War On Nature, ConsensusForAction Blog, November 17, 2013.  Read it


Barnosky, A.D., J.H. Brown, G.C. Daily, R. Dirzo, A.H. Ehrlich, P.R. Ehrlich, J.T. Eronen, M. Fortelius, E.A. Hadly, E.B. Leopold, H.A. Mooney, J.P. Myers, R.L. Naylor, S. Palumbi, N.C. Stenseth, M.H. Wake. 2013. Scientific Consensus on Maintaining Humanity's Life Support Systems in the 21st Century: Information for Policy Makers, 52 pp.  Read it


Bennett, E., D. Wright, L.R. Gerber, E.A. Hadly, J. Hellman, H. Jahren, and A.D. Barnosky. 2013. Bridging the Science-to-Society Gap. Nature Blog, 22 May 2013 | 10:01 BST |  Read it


Hadly, E.A., A.D. Barnosky, M. Fortelius, N.C. Stenseth. 2013. Getting the word out on biodiversity crisis. Nature, 497:565.  Read it


Kent-Corson M., A.D. Barnosky, A. Mulchc, M.A. Carrasco, C.P. Chamberlain. 2013. Possible regional tectonic controls on mammalian evolution in western North America. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 387 (2013) 17–26.  Read it


Uhen, M.D., A.D. Barnosky, B. Bills, J. Blois, M.T. Carrano, M.A. Carrasco, G.M. Erickson, J.T. Eronen, M. Fortelius, R.W. Graham, E.C. Grimm, M.A. O’Leary, A. Mast, W.H. Piel, P.D. Polly, and L.K. Säilä. 2013. From card catalogs to computers: databases in vertebrate paleontology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33:13-28.  Read it


White, J.W.C. (Chair), R.B. Alley, D.E. Archer, A.D. Barnosky, J. Foley, R. Fu, M.M. Holland, M.S. Lozier, J. Schmitt, L.C. Smith, G. Sugihara, D.W.J. Thompson, A.J. Weaver, S.C. Wofsy, E. Dunlea, C. Mengelt, A. Purcell, R. Gaskins, R. Greenway. 2013. Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change, Anticipating Surprises. National Academies Press, 201 pp.   Read it


Anthony D. Barnosky, Elizabeth A. Hadly, Jordi Bascompte, Eric L. Berlow, James H. Brown, Mikael Fortelius, Wayne M. Getz, John Harte, Alan Hastings, Pablo A. Marquet, Neo D. Martinez, Arne Mooers, Peter Roopnarine, Geerat Vermeij, John W. Williams, Rosemary Gillespie, Justin Kitzes, Charles Marshall, Nicholas Matzke, David P. Mindell, Eloy Revilla, Adam B. Smith. 2012. Approaching a state-shift in the biosphere. Nature 486:52-56.


Barnosky, A. D. and E. A. Hadly. 2012. Foreword, pp. v-vii, in Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation, Julien Louyes (ed.), Springer, New York, 276 pages.


Brook, B.W. and A.D. Barnosky. 2012. Quaternary extinctions and their link to climate change. Pp. 179-198, in Saving a Million Species: Extinction Risk from Climate Change, ed. L. Hannah, Island Press, Washington, D. C.


Barnosky, A. D., M. A. Carrasco, and R. W. Graham. 2011. Collateral mammal diversity loss associated with late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions and implications for the future. In, McGowan, A. & Smith, A. B. (eds) Comparing the Geological and Fossil Records: Implications for Biodiversity Studies. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 358, 179-189.


Barnosky, A. D., M. A. Carrasco, and R. W. Graham. 2011. Collateral mammal diversity loss associated with late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions and implications for the future. In, McGowan, A. & Smith, A. B. (eds) Comparing the Geological and Fossil Records: Implications for Biodiversity Studies. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 358, 179-189.


Barnosky, A. D., Nicholas Matzke, Susumu Tomiya, Guin Wogan, Brian Swartz, Tiago Quental, Charles Marshall, Jenny L. McGuire, Emily L. Lindsey, Kaitlin C. Maguire, Ben Mersey, Elizabeth A. Ferrer. 2011. Has the Earth's sixth mass extinction already arrived? Nature 471:51-57  Read it


Brook B. W. and A. D. Barnosky. 2012. Quaternary extinctions and their link to climate change. Pp. 179-198, in Saving a Million Species: Extinction Risk from Climate Change, ed. L. Hannah, Island Press, Washington, D. C.


Susumu Tomiya, Jenny L. Mcguire, Russell W. Dedon, Seth D. Lerner, Rika Setsuda, Ashley N. Lipps, Jeannie F. Bailey, Kelly R. Hale, Alan B. Shabel, and Anthony D. Barnosky. 2011. A report on late Quaternary vertebrate fossil assemblages from the eastern San Francisco Bay region, California. PaleoBios 30(2):50-71.


Tomiya, S., J.L. McGuire, R.W. Dedon, S.D. Lerner, R. Setsuda, A.N. Lipps, J.F. Bailey, K.R. Hale, A.B. Shabel, and A.D. Barnosky. 2011. A report on late Quaternary vertebrate fossil assemblages from the eastern San Francisco Bay region, California. PaleoBios. 30:50-71.


Barnosky, A.D. 2010. Halfway There. Kyoto Journal,75:12. Notes: (This issue of Kyoto Journal was produced to coincide with and distributed to delegates to the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, Fall 2010.)  Read it


Barnosky, A.D. and E.A. Hadly. 2010. Transforming Conservation. NAS Issues in Science and Technology, 27(1):17-18.  Read it


Barnosky, A.D. and E.L. Lindsey. 2010. Timing of Quaternary megafaunal extinction in South America in relation to human arrival and climate change. Quaternary International, 217:10-29.  Read it


Barnosky, A.D., M.A. Carrasco and R.W. Graham. 2010. Calibrating the 'sixth mass extinction' for mammals. Lyell Symposium, International Paleontological Congress, London, June30-July 3, 2010.


Barnosky, A.D., N. Matzke, S. Tomiya, E. Lindsey, and G. Wogan. 2010. How present extinction rates compare with mass extinction rates: insights from mammals. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Program and Abstracts, Volume:57A.


Barnosky, A. D. After the Storm. Island Press Blogs, March 18th, 2009   Read it


Barnosky, A. D. So What's Wrong with a Little Global Warming. Island Press Blogs, March 25th, 2009  Read it


Barnosky, A. D. 2009. Heatstroke, Nature in an Age of Global Warming. Island Press, 269 pp. Notes: Book reviews are available at: http://ib.berkeley.edu/labs/barnosky/Heatstroke%20Reviews.htm   Read it


Barnosky, A. D. 2009. New needs for nature in the age of global warming. 10th International Mammalogical Congress (Mendoza, Argentina), Plenary Lecture, Abstracts with Program, p. 7.


Barnosky, A. D. Geography of Hope. Island Press Blog, May 12th, 2009   Read it


Barnosky, A. D. Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming. Annual Meeting of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Newport Beach, California, July 2009.


Barnosky, A. D. Hoping for the Best. Island Press Blogs, April 3rd, 2009  Read it


Barnosky, A. D. It's up to all of us to save our parks from heatstroke. Seattle-Tacoma News Tribune, op-ed, April 28, 2009  Read it


Barnosky, A. D. Nature-al Resources. Island Press Blogs, April 20th, 2009   Read it


Barnosky, A. D. Now for Some Good News. Island Press Blogs, April 10th, 2009   Read it


Barnosky, A. D. Readers' Forum: New breed of bear cause for concern. Oakland Tribune / Contra Costa Times, op-ed, May 30, 2009.  Read it


Barnosky, A. D. Sunday Forum / Introducing . the pizzly bear. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, op-ed, Septembr 14, 2009.  Read it


Barnosky, A. D. The Insidious Side of Climate Change: Climate and Nature. KQED Climate Watch Blog, April 17, 2009  Read it


Barnosky, A. D. and E. A. Hadly. The path to the future: paleontology meets conservation biology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29 (Supp. 3).


Carrasco, M.A., A.D. Barnosky, and R.W. Graham. 2009. Quantifying the extent of North American mammal extinction relative to the pre-anthropogenic baseline. PLoS ONE 4(12):e8331. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008331  Read it


Hadly, E.A. and A.D. Barnosky. 2009. Vertebrate fossils and the future of conservation biology. Pp. 39-59 in G.P. Dietl and K.W. Flessa (eds.), Conservation Paleobiology: Using the Past to Manage for the Future. Paleontological Society Short Course, October 17th, 2009. The Paleontological Society Papers, Vol. 15.


Lindsey, E. L. and A. D. Barnosky. 2009. Intra- and inter-continental patterns of extinction among South American Pleistocene mammals. International Biogeography Society. Merida, Mexico.


Lindsey, E. L., and A. D. Barnosky. Late-Quaternary Extinctions of South American megamammals in relation to human dispersal and climate change. 10th International Mammalogical Congress (Mendoza, Argentina), Abstracts with Program, p. 343.


Barnosky, A. D. 2008. Megafauna biomass tradeoff as a driver of Quaternary and future extinctions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105 (Supp. 1): 11543-11548  Read it


Barnosky, A. D. 2008. Quaternary extinctions and the global tradeoff in megafauna biomass. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (Supp. 3):48A.


Barnosky, A. D. 2008. Climatic change, refugia, and biodiversity: Where do we go from here? An editorial comment. Climatic Change 86:29-32.  Read it


Barnosky, A. D. and M. A. Carrasco. 2008. Using the fossil record to define natural biodiversity baselines in mammals. Symposium on Mining the Fossil Record Through Geoinformatics. 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway


Blois, J., E. Hadly, J. McGuire, and A. D. Barnosky. 2008. Small mammal response to the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in northern California. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (Supp. 3):53A.


Carrasco, M. and A. D. Barnosky. 2008. Assessing the human impact on mammalian species diversity during the end-Pleistocene extinction: clues from the last 30 million years. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (Supp. 3):61A


Lindsey, E. and A. D. Barnosky. 2008. A database of South American Quaternary mammals for paleoecological analyses. Symposium on Mining the Fossil Record Through Geoinformatics. 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway


Lindsey, E. and A. D. Barnosky. 2008. Timing of extinctions among late-Pleistocene megamammal taxa in South America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (Supp. 3):106A.


McGuire, J., J. Blois, S. Tomiya, B. Sherrod and A. D. Barnosky. 2008. Quantifying the extent of time-averaging introduced by rodent bioturbation in mammal-bearing cenozoic sediments. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (Supp. 3):115A.


Barnosky, A. D. and B. P. Kraatz. 2007. The role ofclimatic change in the evolution of mammals. Bioscience 57(6):523-532


Barnosky, A. D., F. Bibi, S. S. B. Hopkins, and R. Nichols. 2007. Biostratigraphy and magnetostratigraphy of the mid-Miocene Railroad Canyon sequence, Montana and Idaho, and age of the Mid-Tertiary unconformity west of the continental divide. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(1):204-224.  Read it


Carrasco, M. A., A. D. Barnosky, B. P. Kraatz, and E. B. Davis. 2007. The Miocene Mammal Mapping Project (MIOMAP): An online database of Arikareean through Hemphillian fossil mammals. Bulletin of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History 39:183-188.  Read it


Feranec, Robert S., Elizabeth A. Hadly, Jessica L. Blois, Anthony D. Barnosky, Adina Paytan. 2007. Radiocarbon dates from the Pleistocene fossil deposits of Samwel Cave, Shasta County, California, USA. Radiocarbon 49 117-121  Read it


Koch, P. L. and A. D. Barnosky. 2006. Late Quaternary extinctions: state of the debate. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 37:215-250.  Read it


Barnosky, A.D. 2005. Effects of Quaternary climatic change on speciation in mammals. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 12 (1/2):247-264.


Barnosky, A.D., and A.B. Shabel. 2005. Comparison of mammalian species richness and community structure in historic and mid-Pleistocene times in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 56(Supp. I, no. 5):50-61.  Read it


Barnosky, A.D., M.A. Carrasco, and E.B. Davis. 2005. The impact of the species-area relationship on estimates of paleodiversity. PLoS Biology 3(8):e266. Pp. 1-5.  Read it


Feranec, R. S., A. D. Barnosky, and Chi N. Quang. 2005. New populations and biogeographic patterns of the geomyoid rodents Lignimus and Mojavemys from the Barstovian of western Montana. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(4):962-975.  Read it


Kraatz, B.P., and A.D. Barnosky. 2004. Barstovian ochotonids from Hepburn's Mesa, Park County, Montana with comments on the biogeography and phylogeny of Oreolagus. Bulletin of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History 36:121-136.  Read it