Dr. Michelle Lawing
Climate change biology, paleobiogeography, morphometrics
Ph.D. Indiana University, Double Major
-Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
M.S. University of Texas, Arlington - Biology
B.S. University of Texas, Arlington - Biology
Dr. Lawing is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. She uses methods and models from modern ecology and evolutionary biology combined with evidence from the fossil record to inform our understanding of how species and communities respond to environmental change through time. Her work includes the investigation of geographic, evolutionary, and morphological responses of species and communities to environmental changes in the Late Pleistocene and throughout the Miocene to present. She is involved in developing species distribution models (SDM), geometric morphometric methods (GMM), and phylogenetic comparative methods (PCM). Before becoming an Assistant Professor in Spatial Sciences, Dr. Lawing was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).
Selected Recent Publications
Castellanos, Adrian A., Jerry W. Huntley, Gary Voelker, A. Michelle Lawing. 2019. Environmental filtering improves ecological niche models across multiple scales. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10: 481 – 492.
Casola, Claudio and A. Michelle Lawing. 2019. Nonrandom evolution of gene families. American Journal of Botany 106: 14 – 17.
Vermillion, Wesley A., P. David Polly, Jason J. Head, Jussi T. Eronen, and A. Michelle Lawing. 2018. Ecometrics: A trait-based approach to paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. In D.A. Croft, S.W. Simpson, and D.F. Su (eds.), Methods in Paleoecology: Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities. Springer (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series), Dordrecht.
Struminger, Rhonda, Jill Zarestky, Rachel Short, and A. Michelle Lawing. 2018. Informal STEM learning at biological field stations. Bioscience 68: 969 – 978.
Ryberg, Wade A. and A. Michelle Lawing. 2018. Genetic Consequences and management implications of climate change for the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). pp. 123 – 153. In S. E. Henke and C. B. Eversole (eds.), American Alligators: Habitats, Behaviors, and Threats. Nova Science Publishers.
Barnosky, Anthony D., Elizabeth A. Hadly, Patrick Gonzalez, Jason Head, P. David Polly, A. Michelle Lawing, et al. 2017. Merging paleontology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems. Science 355: 6325, eaah4787.
Lawing, A. Michelleŧ, Jussi Eronenŧ, Jessica Bloisŧ, Catherine Graham, and P. David Polly. 2017. Community functional trait composition at the continental scale: the effects of non-ecological processes. Ecography 40: 651 – 663. ŧrepresents equal author contributions.
Lawing, A. Michelle, P. David Polly, Diana K. Hews, and Emília P. Martins. 2016. Miocene Climate and Paleophylogeographic Models: A Deep Time Perspective on the Climatic Niche Evolution and Diversification of Spiny Lizards (Sceloporus). American Naturalist 188: 133 – 148.