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Yurena Yanes

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 520 Geology-Physics Building
Tel: 513-556-8449
Email: yanesya@ucmail.uc.edu
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/yurenayanes/

My research program examines the response of biological communities to environmental and human stressors. The sustainability and integrity of ecological resources are increasingly uncertain as climate warms and Earth faces a biodiversity crisis. To remedy this situation, scientists must understand the magnitude, direction and rate of biotic responses to environmental and human impacts. However, environmental and anthropogenic factors operate simultaneously and therefore, they are difficult to discriminate using short-term ecological/human-lifespan scales. My work incorporates a longer-term (geological) dimension through three sequential intervals in the recent geologic past: (1) before humans, which I study with paleontological records, (2) during aboriginal (pre-industrial) occupation, by investigating archeological sources; and (3) in post-industrial times, by measuring modern and historical ecological records. The group of organisms I use to examine biotic-environment-human interactions belong to the Phylum Mollusca (primarily terrestrial gastropods) because they are plentiful, sensitive to environmental and human interference, and less investigated yet more threatened than other present-day major animal groups. To investigate molluscs, I integrate data and techniques from multiple disciplines including isotope geochemistry, taphonomy, paleoecology, Quaternary geochronology, archeology and the emerging field of conservation paleobiology.

Education

  • Ph.D. , Universidad de La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain, 2005 (Paleobiology).
  • B.S., Universidad de La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain, 2001 (Biology).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (Lead-PI), Yurena Yanes, Collaborative Research: Seasonal climate change over the last two millennia from archaeological sources in the subtropical eastern North Atlantic region, National Science Foundation. (MG&G-1802153), $199,999. 09-01-2018 to 08-31-2021. Status: Active.
  • (Collaborator), Yurena Yanes, Late Glacial and Postglacial Population History and Cultural Transmission in Iberia (c.15,000-8,000 cal BP), European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant. (683018), $30,000. 10-01-2016 to Bad Format: 20210931. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Yurena Yanes, The stories shells hold: inferring ancient cultural and environmental history from mollusk middens in the Canary Islands, National Geographic Society. (9842-16), $18,265.00. 05-01-2016 to 04-01-2017. Status: Completed.
  • (Lead-PI), Yanes, Yurena, Collaborative Proposal: Development and calibration of the oxygen isotope systemactics of small terrestrial gastropods, National Science Foundation. (EAR-1529133), $68,156.00. 09-01-2015 to 08-31-2019. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Yurena Yanes, Relationships between climate change and agricultural development in NW Africa: insights from mollusk shells, UC LEAF Research Grant Seed Award. 3,000. 2014 to 2015. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Yurena Yanes, Quaternary paleoclimate in the Canary Islands as inferred from the isotopic composition of marine mollusk shells, Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS). 1000. 2013 to 2014. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Yurena Yanes, Holocene shell middens from the Canary Islands as seasonal retrospective environmental archives, The Malacological Society of London. $2000. 2012 to 2013. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Yurena Yanes, Los gasteropodos terrestres de Lanzarote y Fuerteventura como indicadores paleoambientales, Spanish Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (Mineco). $39,600. 2012 to 2014. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Yurena Yanes, Pleistocene-Holocene atmospheric conditions in San Salvador Island (Bahamas) inferred from the stable isotopic composition of fossil Cerion shells , Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS). $900. 2010 to 2011. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Yanes, Yurena, Collaborative Research: Seasonal climate change over the last two millennia from archaeological sources in the subtropical eastern North Atlantic region, National Science Foundation. (OCE-1802153), $199,999.00. 09-15-2018 to 08-31-2021. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Camuera Bidaurreta, J., Jimenez-Moreno, G., Ramos-Román, M.J., Garcia-Alix, A., Toney, J., Anderson, R.S., Jimenez-Espejo, F.J., Kaufman, D., Webster, C., Yanes, Y., Carrion, J., Bright, J., Ohkouchi, N., Suga, H., Yamame, M., Sachse, D., Martínez-Ruiz, F (10-15-2018). Orbital-scale environmental and climatic changes recorded in a new ~ 200,000-year-long multiproxy sedimentary record from Padul, southern Iberian Peninsula. Quaternary Science Reviews, 198, 91-114.
  • Ramos-Román, M.J., Jimenez-Moreno, G., Camuera Bidaurreta, J., Garcia-Alix, A., Anderson, R.S., Jimenez-Espejo, F.J., Sachse, D., Toney, J., Carrion, J., Webster, C., Yanes, Y. (09-01-2018). Millennial-scale cyclical environment and climate variability during the Holocene in the western Med. Global and Planetary Change, 168, 35-53. [Link]
  • Yanes Y.; Hutterer R.; Linstädter J. (06-01-2018). On the transition from hunting-gathering to food production in NE Morocco as inferred from archeolog. Holocene. [Link]
  • Wall A.; Yanes Y.; Miller A.; Miller J. (02-01-2018). Bellwether of the Canaries: anthropogenic effects on the land snail fauna of the Canary Islands. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27 (2), 395-415. [Link]
  • Yanes Y.; Graves G.; Romanek C. (01-01-2018). Stable isotope ecology (δ18O, δ13C, δ15N) of modern land snails along an altitudinal gradient in southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. [Link]
  • Parker, W.G., Yanes, Y., Mesa-Hernández, E., Hernández-Marrero, J.C., Pais, J., Soto-Contreras, N.D., Surge, D. (2018). Seasonality and Intensity of Shellfish Exploitation in the Western Canary Islands Over the Last Two Millennia.. Environmental Archeology. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Al-Qattan, N., Rech, J.A., Pigati, J.S., Dodd, J.D., Nekola, J.N., (2018). Overview of the oxygen isotope systematics of land snails from North America.. Quaternary Research.
  • Parker W.; Yanes Y.; Mesa-Hernández E.; Surge D. (12-01-2017). Calibration of the oxygen isotope ratios of the gastropods Patella candei crenata and Phorcus atratu. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 487, 251-259. [Link]
  • Yanes Y.; Nekola J.; Pigati J.; Rech J. (11-01-2017). Oxygen stable isotopic disparities among sympatric small land snail species from northwest Minnesota. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 485, 715-722. [Link]
  • Yanes Y.; Fernández-Lopez-de-Pablo J. (06-01-2017). Calibration of the stable isotope composition and body size of the arid-dwelling land snail Sphincte. Holocene, 27 (6), 890-899. [Link]
  • Bullard E.; Yanes Y.; Miller A. (04-01-2017). Compositional variability of Pleistocene land snail assemblages preserved in a cinder cone volcano f. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 471, 196-208. [Link]
  • Triantis, K.A., Rigal, F., Parent, C.E., Cameron, R.A.D., Lenzner, B., Parmakelis, A., Yeung, N.W., Ibáñez, M., Alonso, M.R., Frias Martins, A.F., Teixeira, D.N.F., Yanes, Y., Hayes, K.A., Griffiths, O.L., Preece, R.C., Cowie, R.H., (10-01-2016). Discordance between morphological and taxonomic diversity: land snails of oceanic archipelagos. Journal of Biogeography, 43 (10), 2050-2061. [Link]
  • Faust, D., Yanes, Y., Willkommen, T, Roettig, C., Richter, D., Richter, D., Suchodoletz, H., Zöller, L., (10-01-2015). A contribution to the understanding of late Pleistocene dune sand-paleosol-sequences in Fuerteventur. Geomorphology, 246, 290-304. [Link]
  • Yanes Y. (01-01-2015). Stable isotope ecology of land snails from a high-latitude site near Fairbanks, interior Alaska, USA. Quaternary Research (United States), 83 (3), 588-595. [Link]
  • Scott, D., Yanes, Y., Rothermel, B.B., Pilgrim, M., Romanek, C.S., (01-01-2015). Efficacy of Labeling Wetlands with Enriched 15N to Determine Amphibian Disper. Wetlands, 35 (2), 349-356. [Link]
  • Valido M.J., Yanes, Y., Alonso M.R., Ibáñez, M., (01-01-2014). Insulivitrina raquelae, a new species of Vitrinidae from La Gomera (Canary Islands) (Gastropoda: Pul. Journal of Conchology, 41 (PART 6), 701-705. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Izeta, A.D., Cattaneo, R., Costa, T., Gordillo, S., (01-01-2014). Holocene (~4.5–1.7 cal. kyr BP) paleoenvironmental conditions in central Argentina inferred from ent. Holocene, 24 (10), 1193-1205. [Link]
  • Castro, J.M., Yanes, Y., García, R. Alonso, M.R. & Ibáñez, M., (01-01-2014). A new species of Janulus (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Gastrodontidae) from La Palma Island (Canary Archip. Journal of Conchology, 41 (PART 6), 743-747. [Link]
  • Holyoak, D.T., Holyoak, G.A., Yanes, Y., Santana, J., García, J., Castro, J.M, Artiles, M., Alonso M.R., Ibáñez, M., (01-01-2014). A new species of Vermetum from gran canaria and evidence the genus should be transferred from pristi. Journal of Conchology, 41 (PART 6), 691-700. [Link]
  • Dexter, T.A., Kaufman, D.S., Krause Jr., R.A., Barbour-Wood, S.L., Simoes, M.G., Huntley, J.W., Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S., Kowalewski, M. (01-01-2014). A continuous multi-millennial record of surficial bivalve mollusk shells from the São Paulo Bight, B. Quaternary Research (United States), 81 (2), 274-283. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Gómez-Puche, M., Esquembre-Bebia, M.A., Fernández-López-de-Pablo, J. (11-01-2013). Younger Dryas - early Holocene transition in the south-eastern Iberian Peninsula: Insights from land. Journal of Quaternary Science, 28 (8), 777-788. [Link]
  • Alonso, M.R., Holyoak, D.T., Holyoak, G.A., Yanes, Y., Ibáñez, M. (11-01-2013). A review of retinella (Lyrodiscus): The endemic zonitidae of the Canary Islands. Journal of Conchology, 41 (PART 4), 493-509. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Asta, M., Ibáñez, M., Alonso, M.R., Romanek, C.S., (11-01-2013). Paleoenvironmental implications of carbon stable isotope composition of land snail tissues. Quaternary Research (United States), 80 (3), 596-605. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Riquelme, J.A., Cámara, J.A., Delgado, A. (07-17-2013). Stable isotope composition of middle to late Holocene land snail shells from the Marroquíes archeolo. Quaternary International, 302, 77-87. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Garcia-Alix, A., Asta, M.P., Ibáñez, M., Alonso, M.R., Delgado, A. (05-15-2013). Late Pleistocene-Holocene environmental conditions in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) inferred from calci. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 378, 91-102. [Link]
  • Santana, J., Artiles, M., Yanes, Y., Deniz, F., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (05-01-2013). Three undescribed species of Napaeus (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Enidae) from La Gomera (Canary Islands). Journal of Conchology, 41 (PART3), 271-286. [Link]
  • Cameron, R.A.D., Holyoak, G.A., Holyoak, D.T., Yanes, Y., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (05-01-2013). Shell characters and genital anatomy of Atlantica calathoides and transfer of the genus Atlantica fr. Journal of Conchology, 41 (PART3), 287-294. [Link]
  • Yanes Y.; Romanek C. (01-01-2013). Quaternary interglacial environmental stability in San Salvador Island (Bahamas): A land snail isoto. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 369, 28-40. [Link]
  • Yanes Y. (11-01-2012). Anthropogenic effect recorded in the live-dead compositional fidelity of land snail assemblages from. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21 (13), 3445-3466. [Link]
  • Castro, J.M., Yanes, Y., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (10-26-2012). Hemicycla (hemicycla) fuenterroquensis (gastropoda: helicoidea: helicidae), a new species from la pa. Zootaxa (3527), 72-78. [Link]
  • Yanes Y.; Gutiérrez-Zugasti I.; Delgado A. (09-01-2012). Late-glacial to Holocene transition in northern Spain deduced from land-snail shelly accumulations. Quaternary Research (United States), 78 (2), 373-385. [Link]
  • Yanes Y; Kowalewski M.; Romanek C. (06-01-2012). Seasonal variation in ecological and taphonomic processes recorded in shelly death assemblages. Palaios, 27 (6), 373-385. [Link]
  • Yanes Y. (03-01-2012). Shell taphonomy and fidelity of living, dead, holocene, and pleistocene land snail assemblages. Palaios, 27 (3), 127-136. [Link]
  • Holyoak, G.A., Holyoak, D.T., Yanes, Y., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (12-01-2011). Taxonomic revision, habitats and biogeography of the land snail family discidae (Gastropoda: Pulmona. Journal of Conchology, 40 (6), 583-603. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S., Molina, F., Cámara, J.A., Delgado, A. (11-01-2011). Holocene paleoenvironment (7200-4000 cal BP) of the Los Castillejos archaeological site (SE Spain) . Quaternary International, 244 (1), 67-75. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Aguirre, J., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M., Delgado, A. (07-01-2011). Ecological fidelity of pleistocene-holocene land snail shell assemblages preserved in carbonate-rich. Palaios, 26 (7), 406-419. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Holyoak, G.A., Holyoak, D.T., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (06-09-2011). A new Discidae subgenus and two new species (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) from the Canary Islands. Zootaxa (2911), 43-49. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Santana, J., Artiles, M., Deniz, F., Martin, J., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (06-01-2011). Five new napaeus species (gastropoda: Pulmonata: Enidae) from gran canaria and el hierro (canary isl. Zootaxa (2901), 35-51. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Yapp, C.J., Ibáñez, M., Alonso, M.R., De la Nuez, J., Quesada, M.L., Castillo, C., Delgado, A. (05-01-2011). Pleistocene-Holocene environmental change in the Canary Archipelago as inferred from stable isotopes of land snail shells. Quaternary Research, 75 (3), 658-669. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Martín, J., Santana, J., Holyoak, G.A., Holyoak, D.T., Artiles, M., Deniz, F., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (03-01-2011). Four new Napaeus species (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Enidae) from La Gomera (Canary Islands). Journal of Conchology, 40 (4), 393-407. [Link]
  • Holyoak, G.A., Holyoak, D.T., Yanes, Y., Alonso, M.R., Ibanez, M. (01-01-2011). Two new Napaeus species from La Gomera and La Palma (Canary Islands). Archiv fur Molluskenkunde, 140 (1), 37-48. [Link]
  • Arnay de la Rosa, M., González-Reimers, E., Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S., Noakes, J.E., Galindo-Martin, L. (01-01-2011). Paleonutritional and paleodietary survey on prehistoric humans from Las Cañadas del Teide (Tenerife,. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38 (4), 884-895. [Link]
  • Yanes Y.; Yapp C. (09-01-2010). Indoor and outdoor urban atmospheric CO2: Stable carbon isotope constraints on mixing and mass balan. Applied Geochemistry, 25 (9), 1339-1349. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Martín, J., Delgado, J.D., Alonso, MR., Ibáñez, M. (02-01-2010). Active disguise in land snails: Napaeus badiosus (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Enidae) from the Canary Isl. Journal of Conchology, 40 (PART 2), 143-148. [Link]
  • Arnay de la Rosa, M., González-Reimers, E., Yanes, Y., Velazco-Vázquez, J., Romanek, C.S., Noakes, J.E. (01-01-2010). Paleodietary analysis of the prehistoric population of the Canary Islands inferred from stable isoto. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37 (7), 1490-1501. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Martín, J., Moro, L., Alonso, MR., Ibáñez, M. (11-23-2009). On the relationships of the genus Napaeus (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Enidae) with the descriptions of f. Journal of Natural History, 43 (35-36), 2179-2207. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Martín, J., Artiles, M., Moro, L., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (10-01-2009). Rediscovery and redescription of an almost unknown hemicycla species (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Helicid. Journal of Conchology, 40 (1), 31-35. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S., Delgado, A., Brant, H.A., Noakes, J.E., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (07-15-2009). Oxygen and carbon stable isotopes of modern land snail shells as environmental indicators from a low. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73 (14), 4077-4099. [Link]
  • Yanes Y.; Tyler C. (05-01-2009). Drilling predation intensity and feeding preferences by Nucella (Muricidae) on limpets inferred from. Palaios, 24 (5-6), 280-289. [Link]
  • Arnay de la Rosa, M., Gamez-Mendoza, A., Navarro-Mederos, J.F., Hernández-Marrero, J.C., Fregel, R., Yanes, Y., Galindo-Martín, L., Romanek, C.S., González-Reimers, E. (01-01-2009). Dietary patterns during the early prehispanic settlement in La Gomera (Canary Islands). Journal of Archaeological Science, 36 (9), 1972-1981. [Link]
  • Schiffbauer, J., Yanes Y., Tyler, C.L., Kowalewski, M., Leighton, L. (11-01-2008). The microstructural record of predation: A new approach for identifying predatory drill holes. Palaios, 23 (12), 810-820. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Tomašových, A., Kowalewski, M., Castillo, C., Aguirre, J., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (08-20-2008). Taphonomy and compositional fidelity of Quaternary fossil assemblages of terrestrial gastropods from. Lethaia, 41 (3), 235-256. [Link]
  • Huntley, J.W., Yanes, Y., Kowalewski, M., Castillo, C., Delgado-Huertas, A., Ibáñez, M., Alonso, M.R., Ortiz, J.E., Torres, T. (06-01-2008). Testing limiting similarity in Quaternary terrestrial gastropods. Paleobiology, 34 (3), 378-388. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Delgado, A., Castillo, C., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M., De la Nuez, J., Kowalewski, M. (04-15-2008). Stable isotope (δ18O, δ13C, and δD) signatures of recent terrestrial communities from a low-latitude, oceanic setting: endemic land snails, plants, rain, and carbonate sediments from the eastern Canary Islands. . Chemical Geology, 249 (3-4), 377-392. [Link]
  • Ibáñez, M., Alonso, M.R., Yanes, Y., Castillo, C., Groh, K. (12-01-2007). Presence of the genus Napaeus (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Enidae) living in all the islands of the Canar. Journal of Conchology, 39 (4), 381-389. [Link]
  • Yanes, Y., Kowalewski, M., Ortiz, J.E., Castillo, C., Torres, T., De la Nuez, J. (08-03-2007). Scale and structure of time-averaging (age mixing) in terrestrial gastropod assemblages from Quatern. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 251 (2), 283-299. [Link]
  • Ibáñez, M., Groh, K., Alonso, M.R., Castillo, C., Yanes, Y. (09-25-2006). The subgenus Monilearia (Lyrula) Wollaston, 1878 (Gastropoda: Helicoidea: Cochlicellidae) from Lanza. Zootaxa (1320), 29-41. [Link]
  • Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M., Ponte-Lira, C.E., Castillo, C., Yanes, Y. (09-18-2006). A new Canariella species (Gastropoda: Helicoidea: Hygromiidae) of the new subgenus Majorata, both en. Zootaxa (1316), 45-56. [Link]
  • Castillo, C., Yanes, Y., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (09-04-2006). Napaeus lajaensis sp. nov. (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Enidae) from a quaternary aeolian deposit of Nort. Zootaxa (1307), 41-54. [Link]
  • Ortiz, J.E., Torres, T., Yanes, Y., Castillo, C., De la Nuez, J., Ibáñez, M., Alonso, M.R. (03-01-2006). Climatic cycles inferred from the aminostratigraphy and aminochronology of Quaternary dunes and pala. Journal of Quaternary Science, 21 (3), 287-306. [Link]

Published Abstracts

  • Yanes, Y., Fernandez-Lopez-de-Pablos, J. (2018). Deciphering Early Holocene paleoclimate conditions using oxygen and carbon isotope ratios of land snails from Mesolithic archaeological contexts in Villena. [Abstract]..
  • Parker, W.G., Yanes, Y., Mesa-Hernandez, E., Hernandez-Marrero, J.C., Pais, J., Surge, D. (2018). Scale of age-mixing in prehistoric shell middens in the Canary Islands, Spain[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 50, No. 6. Paper No. 21-5. Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Yanes, Y., Jimenez-Moreno, G., Camuera, J., Ramon-Roman, M.J., Garcia-Alix, A., Anderson, S.R (2018). Late glacial-Holocene environmental reconstruction in southern Iberia as inferred from the stable isotope composition of freshwater gastropod shells. [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 50, No. 6. Paper No. 135-4. Indianapolis, Indiana..
  • Rech, J., Bosch, S., Pigati, J.S., Nekola, J.C., Yanes, Y. (2018). Calibration and development of an oxygen isotope paleoclimate proxy from terrestrial gastropods, San Pedro valley, Arizona. [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 50, No. 6. Paper No. 135-2. Indianapolis, Indiana..
  • Soto, N., Yanes, Y., Pearce, T.A., Miller, A. (2018). Anthropogenic and environmental influence on land snail shell assemblages in woodlands from SW Ohio. [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 50, No. 6. Paper No. 213-1. Indianapolis, Indiana..
  • Parker, W.G., Yanes, Y., Surge, D., Mesa-Hernandez, E. (2018). High-resolution paleoclimate reconstruction over the last two millennia in the eastern subtropical Atlantic Ocean. [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 50, No. 6. Paper No. 86-6. Indianapolis, Indiana..
  • Stephenson, R.J., Yanes, Y. (2018). Environmental significance of the oxygen isotope composition of tropical land snails from Trinidad island. [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 50, No. 6. Paper No. 37-13. Indianapolis, Indiana..
  • Soto, N., Yanes, Y., Parker, W., Mesa, E., Hernandez-Marrero, J.C., Pais, J. (2017). Assessing the intensity of shellfish exploitation from pre-historic to recent times in the Canary Islands. [Abstract]..
  • Padgett, A., Yanes, Y., Lubell, D. (2017). Relationship between early Holocene climate change and Capsian technological and subsistence changes in NW Africa as inferred from archeological land snails. [Abstract]..
  • Parker, W., Yanes, Y., Surge, D., Mesa, E. (2017). Calibrating the oxygen stable isotopes of the rocky intertidal gastropods Patella crenata and Phorcus atratus from the Canary Islands as paleoclimatic proxies. [Abstract]..
  • Evan, N., Yanes, Y., Cameron, R., Teixeira, D. (2017). Pleistocene-Holocene paleoclimatic inferences in the Madeira Archipelago inferred from stable isotope composition of fossil land snail shells. [Abstract]..
  • Yanes, Y., Al-Qattan, N., Rech, J., Pigati, J., Nekola, J. (2017). Oxygen stable isotope systematics of small land snails from North America. [Abstract]..
  • Yanes, Y., Al-Qattan, N., Rech, J., Pigati, J., Nekola, J. (2017). Hemispheric scale calibration of the oxygen stable isotope composition of small land snails from North America. [Abstract]..
  • von Suchodoletz, H., Yanes, Y., Hausdorf, B., & Faust, D. . (2017). Reconstructing Holocene paleoenvironmental conditions in the semi-humid to semi-arid lowlands of the southeastern Caucasus region using ancient terrestrial land snails. [Abstract]..
  • Parker, W.G., Yanes, Y., Mesa-Hernández, E., Surge, D. (2017). High Resolution Paleotemperature Inferences in Tenerife, Canary Islands from Archaeological Phorcus atratus shells. [Abstract]..
  • Parker, W.G., Yanes, Y., Mesa-Hernández, E., Hernández-Marrero, J.C., Pais, J., Surge, D., Soto, N. (2017). Assessing the Seasonality and Intensity of Shellfish Exploitation in three Western Canary Islands Over the Last ~2000 years. [Abstract]..
  • New, E., Yanes, Y., Cameron, R.A.D., Teixeira, D., Kaufman, D.S., (2017). Aminochronology and time-averaging in Quaternary land snail assemblages from the Madeira Archipelago. [Abstract]..
  • Soto, N., Yanes, Y., Lubell, D., (2017). Holocene land snail body size change in Algeria, NW Africa, and its possible causes. [Abstract]..
  • Yanes, Y., Pigati, J., Rech, J., Nekola, J., (2017). Spatial patterns of the oxygen stable isotope composition of land snail shells across North America. [Abstract]..
  • Yanes, Y., Fernandez-Lopez-de-Pablos, J., (2016). Environmental significance of the oxygen isotopic composition of the terrestrial gastropod Sphincterochila candidissima, a natural climatic archive abundant in Mediterranean shell middens. [Abstract]..
  • Wall, A., Yanes, Y., Miller, A., (2016). Anthropogenic factors cause detectable compositional variations in land snail death assemblages. [Abstract]..
  • Parker, W., Yanes, Y., Surge, D., Mesa, E., (2016). Mollusk shells of Patella crenata (Gastropoda: Patellidae) from Tenerife, Canary Islands, as a low-latitude paleoclimatic proxy. [Abstract]..
  • Bullard, E., Yanes, Y., Miller, A., (2016). Spatio-temporal variations in land snail assemblages recovered from a Pleistocene cinder cone. [Abstract]..
  • Yanes, Y., Fernandez-Lopez-de-Pablos, J., (2016). Seasonal variability of the oxygen isotope composition of the land snail Sphicterochila candidissima, an abundant paleoclimatic proxy in the Mediterranean. [Abstract]..
  • Yanes, Y., Nekola, J., Rech, J., Pigati, J. (2016). Intra and interspecific oxygen isotope variability among sympatric land snails from North America. [Abstract]..
  • Bosh, S., Rech, J., Pigati, J., Nekola, J., Yanes, Y., (2016). Bosh, S., Rech, J., Pigati, J., Nekola, J., Oxygen stable isotope values of small terrestrial gastropod shell. A proxy for paleoclimatic change in the San Pedro Valley, Southeastern Arizona. [Abstract]..
  • Yanes, Y. (2015). Shell middens in paleoenvironmental reconstruction[Abstract]. 9th Ohio River Valley Unified Malacologists Meeting (17 October, 2015), Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA..
  • Yanes, Y., Hutterer, R., Linstädter, J. (2015). Holocene environmental and cultural transitionin Ifri Oudadane, NE Morocco, inferred from oxygen stable isotopes of thetopshell Phorcus turbinatus. [Abstract]. 2015 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (1–4 November 2015), Baltimore, Maryland. Paper no. 233-9, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.
  • Al-Qattan, N.M., Rech, J.A., Pigati, J.S., Nekola, J.C., Yanes, Y. (2014). Interpretation of oxygen isotope values of land snails from North America. [Abstract]. 10th North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC) (February 15-18, 2014). Florida Museum of Natural History (University of Florida), Gainesville FL (USA). The Paleontological Society Special Publication, v. 13, p. 93..
  • Little, N., Macias, G., Yanes, Y. (2014). Stable isotope differences among three modern, sympatric land snail species and the paleoenvironmental significance. [Abstract]. 10th North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC) (February 15-18, 2014). Florida Museum of Natural History (University of Florida), Gainesville FL (USA). The Paleontological Society Special Publication, v. 13, p. 93..
  • Yanes, Y. (2014). Carbon stable isotope composition of land snails as a paleovegetation proxy. [Abstract]. 10th North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC) (February 15-18, 2014). Florida Museum of Natural History (University of Florida), Gainesville FL (USA). The Paleontological Society Special Publication, v. 13, p. 46..
  • Yanes, Y., Mesa, E., Navarro, J.F., Pais, J., Little, N. (2014). Calibrating Patella shells from the Canary Islands as seasonal paleothermometers[Abstract]. 10th North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC) (February 15-18, 2014). Florida Museum of Natural History (University of Florida), Gainesville FL (USA). The Paleontological Society Special Publication, v. 13, p. 29..
  • Mosher, S., Crowley, B.E., Yanes, Y., (2014). A multi-isotope approach for characterizing spatial variability on Tenerife (Canary Islands). [Abstract]. 2014 Geological Society of America. North-Central Section, 48th Annual Meeting (24-25 April 2014), Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Paper no. 27-2, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 4, p. 63..
  • Astray, G., Yanes, Y., Dina L., Mejuto, J.C. (2014). An environmental predictive model for modern and ancient terrestrial ecosystems using land snail shells[Abstract]. 2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (19–22 October 2014), Vancouver, British Columbia. Paper no. 207-01, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 46.
  • Yanes, Y. (2014). Reconstructing paleoenvironments on islands: insights from Macaronesian land snails. [Abstract]. 2014 Island Biology Conference (7-12 July 2014), University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
  • Yanes, Y. (2014). Stable isotope ecology of land snails from Fairbanks, Alaska[Abstract]. 8th Ohio River Valley Unified Malacologists Meeting (27 September, 2014), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Oh .
  • Mosher, S., Crowley, B.E., Yanes, Y. (2014). Using a multi-isotope approach to assess environmental spatial patterns on Tenerife, Canary Islands. [Abstract]. 2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (19–22 October 2014), Vancouver, British Columbia. Paper no. 43-8, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 46.
  • Yanes, Y. (2013). Paleoecological and paleoenvironmental studies using fossil land snails from oceanic islands[Abstract]. World Congress of Malacology, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal, 21-27 July 2013.
  • Dexter, T.A., Kaufman, D., Krause, R.A.Jr., Barbour-Wood, S., Simoes, M. Huntley, J.W., Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S., Kowalewski, M. (2013). A continuous multi-millenial record of surficial bivalve mollusk shells from the Sao Paulo Bight, Brazilian Shelf. 2013 [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, V. 45, no. 7, p. 685..
  • Al-Qattan, N.M., Rech, J.A., Pigati, J.S., Nekola, J.C., Yanes, Y., Rowe, H. (2013). Interpretation of oxygen isotopic values of North American land snails[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, V. 45, no. 7, p. 838..
  • Yanes, Y. (2013). Fossil land snails from the Canary Islands. [Abstract]. 7th annual Ohio (River) Valley Unified Malacologist (OVUM) meeting (12 October 2013), Museum of Biological Diversity, The Ohio State Univeristy, Columbus OH (USA)..
  • Kowalewski, M., Dexter, T., Kaufman, D.S., Krause, R.A., Romanek, C.S., Yanes, Y., Huntley, J.W., Simoes, M. (2013). Bathymetric variation in time-averaging across a modern shelf. [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 45, 26.
  • Yanes, Y. (2012). Paleoenvironmental significance of land snail assemblages from the Canary Islands[Abstract]. Macaronesian Palaeoclimate Workshop.
  • Faust, D., Willkommen, T., Yanes, Y. (2012). Characteristics of dune-paleosol-sequences in Northern Fuerteventura[Abstract]. Macaronesian Palaeoclimate Workshop.
  • Faust, D., Willkommen, T., Yanes, Y., Richter, D., Zöller, L. (2012). Äolianit-Paläobodensequenzen auf Fuerteventura[Abstract]. General assembly of DEUQUA.
  • Yanes, Y. (2011). Decline of land snail diversity over the last ~43 ka in the Canary Islands[Abstract]. XVIII INQUA-Congress.
  • Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S., Molina, F., Cámara, J.A., Delgado, A. (2011). Holocene atmospheric conditions in SE Iberian Peninsula inferred from the stable isotopes of land snail shells[Abstract]. XVIII INQUA-Congress.
  • Yanes, Y. (2011). Taphonomy and paleoecology of land snail shelly assemblages[Abstract]. Taphos 2011, 6th international Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization.
  • Kowalewski, M., Dexter, T., Kaufman, D.S., Krause, R.A.Jr., Barbour Wood, S.L., Simoes, M.G., Huntely, J.W., Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S (2011). A multimillenial record provided by amino-acid dated bivalve shells from the Southern Brazilian Shelf[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 43, 20.
  • Ash, J., Yanes, Y. (2010). Taphonomic implications of land crab predation of snails on San Salvador Island, Bahamas[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 42, 253.
  • Yanes, Y. (2010). Stable oxygen isotopes of ancient land snail shells in paleoenvironmental studies[Abstract]. MESO 2010: The Eight International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe, 1, 115-116.
  • Yanes, Y. (2010). Oxygen and carbon stable isotopes of land snail shells as environmental indicators[Abstract]. ISOECOL VII: The 7th International Conference on Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies, 1, 6.
  • Yanes, Y., Yapp, C.J. (2009). 50,000 years of Pleistocene-Holocene environmental change in the Canary Islands: a land snail isotopic record[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 41, 402.
  • Dexter, T., Yanes, Y., Huntley, J.W., Krause, R.A.Jr., Kaufman, D.S., Romanek, C.S., Kowalewski, M., Simoes, M., Barbour Wood, S.L. (2009). Reconstructing paleo-environmental conditions using the bivalve Semele casali from Ubatuba Bay, Brazil[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 41, 561.
  • Jarret, M.B., Romanek, C.S., Yanes, Y. (2009). Late Eocene Ocean Temperatures: Insights from Crassostrea gigantissima[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 41, 403.
  • Scott, D.E., Yanes, Y., Rothermel, B.B., Pilgrim, M., Romanek, C.S. (2009). Using stable isotope spikes to determine amphibian dispersal: A pilot study[Abstract]. Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH).
  • Huntley, J., Yanes, Y., Kowalewski, M. (2009). Body size distributions as a means to test for the evolutionary importance of competition among terrestrial gastropod species[Abstract]. 9th North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC).
  • Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S. (2009). Oxygen stable isotopes in land snails: Paleoenvironmental implications for low-latitude oceanic systems[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 41, 7.
  • Jarret, M.B., Romanek, C.S., Yanes, Y. (2009). Late Eocene Ocean Temperatures: Insights from Giant Oysters[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 41, 7.
  • Yanes, Y., Delgado, A., Romanek, C.S. (2008). Paleoclimate of the last 50,000 years in the Canary Islands inferred from the stable isotope composition of land snail shells[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 257.
  • Arnay-de-la-Rosa, M., González-Reimers, E., Navarro-Mederos, J.F., Gámez-Mendoza, A., Galindo-Martín, L., Hernández-Marrero, J.C., Yanes, Y. (2008). Paleodietary analysis and bone mass assessment of prehispanic inhabitants from the island Gomera[Abstract]. The 16th Congress of the European Anthropological Association.
  • Schiffbauer, J.D., Yanes, Y., Tyler, C.L., Kowalewski, M., Leighton, L.R. (2008). The microstructural record of predation - a new approach for identifying predatory drill holes[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 372.
  • Schiffbauer, J.D., Yanes, Y., Tyler, C.L., Kowalewski, M., Leighton, L.R. (2008). Microstructural criteria for identifying drill holes of predatory origin [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 23.
  • Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S., Castillo, C., Delgado, A. (2007). Shell size shifts of a Quaternary helicid from the Canary Islands[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 39, 76.
  • Tyler, C.L., Yanes, Y. (2007). Crushing predation and patelliform shell morphology; are all ribs created equal? [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 39, 54.
  • Yanes, Y., Kowalewski, M. (2007). Estimates of time-averaging in terrestrial gastropod assemblages from the Quaternary of Canary Islands [Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 39, 69.
  • Yanes, Y., Delgado, A., Kowalewski, M. (2006). Stable isotope composition of modern land snails from Canary Islands[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 38, 488.
  • Huntley, J., Yanes, Y., Kowalewski, M. (2006). A tale of two snails: testing limiting similarity in Quaternary Theba[Abstract]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 38, 382.
  • Yanes, Y., Aguirre, J., Castillo, C., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (2005). Quantitative taphonomy of Quaternary land snail assemblages from the Mala section (NE Lanzarote, Canary Islands)[Abstract]. Taphos 2005, 2nd international Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization, 1, 11-12.
  • Yanes, Y., Castillo, C., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M., De La Nuez, J. (2004). Microevolución en el género Theba (Mollusca: Gastropoda) durante el Cuaternario (Archipiélago Chinijo, Islas Canarias)[Abstract]. XX Jornadas de la Sociedad Espanola de Paleontologia, 1, 199.
  • Yanes, Y., Aguirre, J., Castillo, C., Martín González, E., Ibáñez, M., De La Nuez, J., Alonso, M.R. (2004). afonomía de gasterópodos terrestres en paleosuelos Cuaternarios (Archipiélago Chinijo, NE Islas Canarias)[Abstract]. XX Jornadas de la Sociedad Espanola de Paleontologia, 1, 197-198.
  • Yanes, Y., Torres, T., Ortiz, J.E., Castillo, C., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M., De La Nuez, J. (2004). Datación por racemización de aminoácidos de gasterópodos terrestres del Archipiélago Chinijo, Islas Canarias[Abstract]. XX Jornadas de la Sociedad Espanola de Paleontologia, 1, 200-201.
  • Castillo, C., Aguirre, J., Yanes, Y., Ibáñez, M., De La Nuez, J., Liché, D., Alonso, M.R. (2003). ¿Qué hace un fósil como tú en un depósito como éste? Concentraciones de gasterópodos terrestres en rellenos de canales fluviales (Cuaternario de Fuerteventura). [Abstract]. XIX Jornadas de la Sociedad Espanola de Paleontologia, 1, 49-50.
  • Castillo, C., Aguirre, J., Yanes, Y., Ibáñez, M., De La Nuez, J., Liché, D., Alonso, M.R. (2003). Concentraciones biológicas de gasterópodos terrestres en paleosuelos (Cuaternario, Islas Canarias). Un ejemplo de conservación excepcional[Abstract]. European Paleontological Association-Workshop. Exceptional Preservation, 1, 43-44.
  • Yanes, Y., Castillo, C., Liché, D., De La Nuez, J., La Roche, F., Ibáñez, M., Alonso, M.R., Martín González, E. (2002). Estudio tafonómico de las asociaciones de gasterópodos terrestres del islote de Montaña Clara, Islas Canarias[Abstract]. XVIII Jornadas de la Sociedad Espanola de Paleontologia, II Congreso Iberico de Paleontologia, 1, 154.

Other Publications

  • Yanes, Y., (2018). Where Paleontology and Conservation Biology Meet. . Conservation Paleobiology: Science and Practice. Gregory P. Dietl and Karl W. Flessa, eds. University of Chicago Press, 2017. 336 pp., illus. $40.00. (ISBN: 9780226506722 paper). BioScience. doi:10.1093/biosci/biy062..
  • Yanes, Y., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M., (2014). Quaternary land snails from the eastern Canary Islands: An overview. ., pp. 191-223. In Fernandez-Palacios, J.M. (ed.). Climate Change: past, present and future perspectives. A global synthesis from the Atlantic. University of La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain. .
  • Yanes, Y., (2014). Patella shells from the Canary Islands as seasonal retrospective temperature archives. . The Malacologist (the Bulletin of the Malacological Society of London)..
  • Yanes, Y. (2011). Quaternary land snails from San Salvador Island (Bahamas). Trilobite Tales Newsletter, 28, 12-19.
  • Yanes, Y. (2011). El paleoclima de Canarias según los isótopos estables de los caracoles terrestres. Makaronesia, 13, 74-89.
  • Yanes, Y. (2010). El interés científico de los caracoles terrestres. El caso de las Islas Canarias. RSEAPT, 8, 250-265.
  • Yanes, Y., Castillo, C., Martín-González, E., Ibáñez, M., De la Nuez, J., Alonso, M.R., Quesada, M.L., La Roche, F., Armas, F.R. (2005). Paleontología de Canarias: caracoles terrestres fósiles. Makaronesia, 7, 76-90.
  • Yanes, Y., Castillo, C., Hutterer, R., De la Nuez, J., Quesada, M.L., Torres, T., Ortiz, J.E., Torres, J.M., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M. (2004). Valoración patrimonial de las formaciones dunares Cuaternarias del Barranco de los Encantados y la Cantera de Melián de la Isla de Fuerteventura, Islas Canarias. . Geogaceta, 36, 195-198.
  • Yanes, Y., Castillo, C., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M., De la Nuez, J., Quesada, M.L., Martín-González, E., La Roche, F., Liché, D., Armas, R.F. (2004). Gasterópodos Terrestres Cuaternarios del Archipiélago Chinijo, Islas Canarias. Vieraea, 32, 123-134.
  • Castillo, C., Martín-González, E., Yanes, Y., Ibáñez, M., De la Nuez, J., Alonso, M.R., Quesada, M.L. (2002). Estudio preliminar de los depósitos dunares de los Islotes del Norte de Lanzarote. Implicaciones paleoambientales. Geogaceta, 32, 79-82.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Yanes, Y. (2012). Paleoenvironmental significance of land snail assemblages from the Canary Islands Macaronesian Palaeoclimate Workshop, La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain.
  • Faust, D., Willkommen, T., Yanes, Y. (2012). Characteristics of dune-paleosol-sequences in Northern Fuerteventura Macaronesian Palaeoclimate Workshop, La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain.
  • Yanes, Y. (2011). Taphonomy and paleoecology of land snail shelly assemblages 6th international Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization, Tubingen, Germany.

Colloquia

  • Yanes, Y. (10-2018). Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Ok, USA..
  • Yanes, Y. (04-2018). Department of Geology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA ..
  • Yanes, Y. (01-2018). Department of Geology, The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA ..
  • Yanes, Y. (03-2017). Department of Geological Sciences, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA..
  • Yanes, Y. (03-2017). Department of Geology, The University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA ..
  • Yanes, Y. (10-2016). Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA ..
  • Yanes, Y. (05-2016). Museo de Arqueología de la Isla de la Palma, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain ..
  • Yanes, Y. (11-2015). Biology and Environmental Studies Programs, Centre College, Danville, KY, USA..
  • Yanes, Y. (04-2015). Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA..
  • Yanes, Y. (10-2014). Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA..
  • Yanes, Y. (10-2013). Geology Colloquium, Department of Geology, The Ohio University, Athens OH, USA..
  • Yanes, Y. (09-2013). Lecture Series, Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, Miami University, Oxford OH, USA..
  • Yanes, Y. (02-2013). Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati..
  • Yanes, Y. (10-2012). Institut Catala de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolucio Social (IPHES), Tarragona, Barcelona, Spain..
  • Yanes, Y. (07-2012). Department of Geography, University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany..
  • Yanes, Y. (04-2012). Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH..
  • Yanes, Y. (11-2011). School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK..
  • Yanes, Y. (07-2011). Museo de Arqueologia de la Isla de la Palma, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain..
  • Yanes, Y. (04-2011). Real Sociedad Economica de Amigos del Pais de Tenerife (RSEAPT), La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain ..
  • Yanes, Y. (04-2009). Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas TX..
  • Yanes, Y. (11-2008). Department of Geology, University of Georgia (UGA), Athens GA..
  • Yanes, Y. (10-2006). Geosciences Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA..

Honors & Awards

  • Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturer/Educator , 2018 to 2020. The Paleontological Society makes its outstanding scientists available to colleges, universities, and public events for presentations on research, evolution, and the nature of science. Distinguished Lecturers make their visits available on an expenses-only basis; no honorarium is required. The Society provides up to $400 per visit toward a speaker’s travel to give lectures. .
  • Quaternary terrestrial gastropodos from San Salvador Island, Gerace Research Center, The Paleontological Society, 2010 to 2011.
  • Drilling predation by muricids upon limpets, Friday Harbor Laboratories, The University of Washington, 2006 to 2007.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2013 to 2014, Research Assistant Professor (non-tenure track), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH.
  • 2010 to 2013, Postdoctoral associate. Advisor: Dr. Antonio Delgado-Huertas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Granada, Spain.
  • 2009 to 2010, Postdoctoral associate. Advisor: Dr. Crayton Yapp, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX.
  • 2007 to 2009, Postdoctoral associate. Advisor: Dr. Christopher Romanek, University of Georgia, Aiken SC.
  • 2005 to 2007, Postdoctoral associate. Advisor: Dr. Michal Kowalewski, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA.

Student Advising

  • Wesley Parker (Doctoral), Advisor. Status: In Progress
  • Richard Javier Stephenson (Master), Advisor. Status: In Progress
  • Nora Soto (Undergrad), Advisor. Status: In Progress
  • Nicole Little (Undergrad), Advisor. Status: Completed (2014)
  • Khayla Parr (Undergrad), Advisor. Status: Completed (2017)
  • Evan New (Master), Advisor. Status: Completed (2018)
  • Elizabeth Bullard (Master), Advisor. Status: Completed (2016)
  • Alex Wall (Master), Advisor. Status: Completed (2016)
  • Abbey Padgett (Master), Advisor. Status: Completed (2018)

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2005, Geological Society of America,
  • 2005, The Paleontological Society,
  • 2010, Western Interior Paleontological Society,
  • 2014, Malacological Society of America,

Courses Taught

  • Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Because of their relative isolation from one another and from large continental regions, islands can be viewed as “worlds unto themselves”, offering opportunities to explore ecological models and theories in simplified contexts. Island biotas are susceptible to human impact and global change because they occupy limited environments and areas with finite resources, and tropical islands are especially vulnerable because they often harbor large numbers of unique species. This course introduces basic concepts about island geology, biology, paleontology and archeology, with a particular emphasis on tropical islands. Topics include a broad overview of geological processes, biodiversity, extinction and evolutionary processes, fossil records, prehistoric and historic human impacts, climate change, and conservation and sustainability. No previous courses or experience are required. This course is designed to expose students to various disciplines in the sciences that will help them to identify and pursue a more specific scientific field in the future. Overall, students will learn foundational concepts and processes related to the natural and earth sciences.
  • Level: Both
    Comments: The Holocene epoch (spanning the last 11,500 years) has been a critical environmental and cultural period in Earth’s history. Civilization and life as we know it came to be during the Holocene. Landscapes have fluctuated significantly through the Holocene because of natural climate change and human activities. Extensive scientific research is elucidating how natural and anthropogenic factors have combined to shape Holocene ecosystems and organisms. We will critically evaluate the interplay between paleoenvironmental transitions and major cultural events throughout the Holocene by discussing a selection of relevant book chapters, and seminal and recent scientific papers. This course is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
  • Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: This course trains advanced undergraduate science majors on all aspects of the scientific method. Students investigate ecology and paleoecology of the Canary Islands along environmental gradients and through geologic time. The course includes literature review on the Geology, Biology and Environments of the Canary Islands, biotic/abiotic factors impacting organisms’ communities, field sampling strategies, species identification, basic statistical treatments and data interpretation, and scientific writing and oral presentations. The course includes an international field trip to the Canary Islands during Spring Break to complete the field component of the research project and learn about Canary Islands culture and nature.
  • Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: This course lays the foundation of knowledge and skills for students pursuing a major in Geology. Through lectures, field trips, and an integrated weekly laboratory session, students will be introduced to the scientific methods and techniques used by modern geoscientists to study earth's systems. Students will be exposed to the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of Geology, including physical geology, paleobiology, geochemistry, and environmental sciences, and will learn how they may draw on these different fields to understand their ever-changing planet. The depth and breadth of geological exposure will provide students the opportunity to make informed decisions about the future focus of their geology coursework and/or research.