So the researchers don't address what animals ate after the glaciers receded, says Jessica Blois, a paleoecologist
of the University of California, Merced.
Recent studies suggest that when the number of Sporormiella spores in a sample of lake sediment is less than 2 percent of the number of grains of tree pollen, it's a sign that the surrounding area is home to few if any herbivores producing the large quantities of dung required for the fungi to thrive, says Jacquelyn Gill, a paleoecologist
at Wisconsin-Madison who is also a coauthor of the new report.
Bradshaw, a paleoecologist
at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in Copenhagen.
Schweger, a paleoecologist
at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Steve Young, a paleoecologist
at the Center for Northern Studies in Wolcott, Vt.
Bambach, a marine paleoecologist
at Harvard University, comments that the spotty fossil record for echinoderms in the Famennian complicates use of that group as an index for general biodiversity.
Although some marine fossils more than 500 million years old sport holes, many paleontologists have been hesitant to say these are signs of predators, says Audrey Aronowsky, a paleoecologist
at University of California, Berkeley.
Though not a superstitious person, paleoecologist
Jeremy Jackson knows that the mangrove forest east of where he sometimes works is haunted.
Ironically, that emerging consensus may mean the technique won't take center stage much longer in the titles of journal articles, notes paleoecologist
A Comprensive Guide for Archaeologists and Paleoecologists
The PARC group's successes in collaborating with policy makers may be a relative anomaly, but could serve as a model for other subjects on which paleoecologists
have had little impact--such as eruption and flood disaster planning.
Piperno DR (2006) Phytoliths: A Comprehensive Guide for Archaeologists and Paleoecologists