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Carole Hickman
Curator/Professor Emeritus

Carole Hickman

Email: caroleh@berkeley.edu

Phone: (510) 642-3429

Web page: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/museum/profiles/hickman/hickman_profile.html

Her research: Carole studies the form, function and evolutionary history of marine gastropods (snails and slugs). She strives to understand how the building blocks of life come together to produce distinctive structural patterns.

Why she likes morphology and paleontology: "The shape of life on Earth is more exciting and diverse that anything imagined in the narrow confines of mythology, fairy tales, and science fiction. Bizarre extinct organisms have evolved amazing structural solutions to difficult functional problems. Those solutions are often more sophisticated and elegant than anything seen in living organisms. Ancient life was not simple — and evolution is not progress."

Her path to science: As a child, Carole began collecting and identifying natural objects, starting with leaves and butterflies. Her parents and teachers encouraged her to become an artist because of her love of drawing, but she chose to study science because she wanted to understand the origins and utility of patterns, in addition to its aesthetics.

Publications:

Hickman, C.S. 2013. Crosseolidae, a new family of skeneiform microgastropods and progress toward definition of monophyletic Skeneidae. American Malacological Bulletin, 31(1):1-16.


Hickman, C.S. 2013. Interacting constraints and the problem of similarity in gastropod structure and function. American Malacological Bulletin, 31(1):155-168.


Hickman, C.S. Dec. 30, 2013. Intaglicollonia, a new name for the Eocene gastropod Nehalemia Hickman, 1974 (Gastropoda: Coloniidae). The Nautilus. 127(4):160–161.


Hickman, C.S. 2012. A new genus and two new species of deep-sea gastropods (Gastropoda: Vetigastropoda: Gazidae). The Nautilus. 126(2):57-67.


Hickman, C.S. 2012. Grades are as important as clades for understanding hyperdiversity of skeneiform microgastropods. Program and Abstracts, American Malacological Society 78th Annual Meeting, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. p. 33.


Hickman, C.S. 2012. Malacological contributions of Howard A. Bern (1020-2012). Program and Abstracts, American Malacological Society 78th Annual Meeting, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. p. 33.


Hickman, C.S. 2009. Lord Howe Island. Pp. 568-571 in R.G. Gillespie and D.A. Clague (eds.), Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley.


Hickman, C.S. 2009. Drawing lines in Wallacea: Historical biogeography meets geophysics in the deep sea. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2008 Annual Meeting Abstract Book.


Lee, T., J.B. Burch, T. Coote, P. Pearce-Kelly, C. Hickman, J-Y Meyer, and D. Ó Foighil. 2009. Moorean tree snail survival revisited: a multi-island genealogical perspective. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:204 (16 pp + 3 additional files)  Read it


Finger, K.L., C.S. Hickman, M.J. James, J.H. Lipps, D. E. Peterson, L.J. Pitt, and W.D. Pitt. 2007. Pleistocene Marine Paleoenvironments on the Galapagos Islands. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. 39(6):399.


Hickman, C.S. 2008. Architects of the Berkeley Legacy of Cenozoic Molluscan Paleontology. Abstracts and Program, 41st Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Malacologists. Pp. 26-28.


Hickman, C.S. 2008. The snail: Evolving metaphors and visual representations. Society for Integrative and Comparative biology 2008 Annual Meeting Abstract Book. American Microscopical Society Keynote Lecture.


Hickman, C.S. 2008. New techniques yield new insights on the basic biology of living microgastropods. Pp. 1-13 in D.L. Geiger and B. Ruthensteiner (eds.), Micromolluscs: Methodological Challenges - Exciting Results. Zoosymposia 1. Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand. 308 pp


Nehm, R.H., and Hickman, C.S. 2008. Assessing the effects of taphonomic processes on paleobiological patterns using turninid gastropod shells and opercula. Pp. 63-84 in R.H. Nehm, R.H. and and A.F. Budd (eds). Evolutionary Stasis and Change in the Dominican Republic Neogene. Springer.


Ó Foighil, D.O., T. Lee, J.B. Burch, T. Coote, P. Pearce-Kelley, C.S. Hickman, and J.-Y. Meyer. 2008. Moorean tree snail survival revisited: A multi-island mitochondrial geanealogical perspective. Program and Abstracts, 74th Annual Meeting, American Malacological Society p. 20.


Finger, K.L., C.S. Hickman, M.J. James, , J.H, Lipps, D.E. Peterson, L.J. Pitt, and W.D. Pitt. 2007. Pleistocene marine paleoenvironments on the Galapagos Islands. Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs 39, Paper No. 144-14 (on CD-ROM).  Read it


Hickman, C.S. and S.S. Porter. 2007. Nocturnal swimming, aggregaton at light traps, and mass spawning of scissurellid gastropods (Mollusca: Vetigastropoda). Invertebrate Biology 126(1):10-17.  Read it


Hickman, C.S. 2005. How have bacteria contributed to the evolution of multicellular animals? Pp. 3-33 in M.J. McFall-Ngai, B. Henderson, and E.G. Ruby (eds.), The Influence of Cooperative Bacteria on Animal Host Biology. Advances in Molecular and Cellular Microbiology 10. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


Hickman, C.S. 2005. Seagrass fauna of the temperate southern coast of Australia I: The cantharidine trochid gastropods. Pp. 1-22 in F.E. Wells, D.I. Walker and G.A. Kendrick (eds), The Marine Flora and Fauna of Esperance, Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.


Hickman, C.S. 2005. Seagrass fauna of the temperate southern coast of Australia II: The limpets Naccula parva and Asteracmea stowae. Pp. 23-36 in F.E. Wells, D.I. Walker and G.A. Kendrick (eds), The Marine Flora and Fauna of Esperance, Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.


Coote, T., D. Clarke, C.S. Hickman, J. Murray, and P. Pearce-Kelley. 2004. Experimental release of endemic Partula species, extinct in the wild, into a protected area of natural habitat on Moorea. Pacific Science 58(3):429-434.


Hickman, C.S. 2004. The problem of similarity: analysis of repeated patterns of microsculpture on gastropod larval shells. Invertebrate Biology 123(3):198-211.


Hickman, C.S. 2003. Evidence for abrupt Eocene-Oligocene molluscan faunal change in the Pacific Northwest. Pp. 71-87 in D.R. Prothero, E.A. Nesbitt, and L. Ivany (eds.), From Greenhouse to Icehouse: The Marine Eocene-Oligocene Transition. Columbia University Press, New York.


Hickman, C.S. 2003. Functional morphology and mode of life of Isanda coronata (Gastropoda: Trochidae) in an Australian macrotidal sandflat. Pp. 69-88 in F.E. Wells, D.I. Walker, and D. S. Joenes (eds.), The Marine Flora and Fauna of Dampier, Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.


Hickman, C.S. 2003. Mollusc-Microbe mutualisms extend the potential for life in hypersaline systems. Astrobiology 3(3):631-644.