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S. Kathleen Lyons - Curriculum Vitae

 

Department of Paleobiology
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 121
Washington, DC 20013-7012
phone: 202-633-1397
email: LyonsS2@si.edu

Education

1995 - 2001 Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago. Michael Foote, Advisor. Ph.D. awarded 2001; M.S. awarded 1997.

1991 – 1994 Department of Biology, Texas Tech University, Michael R. Willig, Advisor. M.S. awarded 1994.

1987 – 1991 Wayland Baptist University. B. S. in Biology and Composite Science awarded 1991. Honors Thesis Advisor, J. Hoyt Bowers.

 

Professional Experience

Current Positions:
Research Scientist, Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History – 2008-present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico – 2005-present

Previous Positions:
Research Associate, Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History – 2007-2008
Assistant Professor, Biology Department and Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, Old Dominion University – 2006 – 2007

 

Publications

K. J. Gaston, C. M. McCain, and S. K. Lyons. 2014. Abundance and Distributions. In: Foundations of Macroecology (F. A. Smith, J. H. Brown, and J. L. Gittleman, eds.). (in press).

S. K. Lyons. 2014. Comments on Hanski, I. 1982. Dynamics of regional distribution: the core and satellite species hypothesis. Oikos 38:210-221. In: Foundations of Macroecology (F. A. Smith, J. H. Brown, and J. L. Gittleman, eds.). (in press).

S. K. Lyons. 2014. Comments on Graham R. W. 1986. Response of mammalian communities to environmental changes during the late Quaterary. Diamond, J. & Case, T. J., eds. Community Ecology; Pp. 300-313; Harper and Rowe, New York. In: Foundations of Macroecology (F. A. Smith, J. H. Brown, and J. L. Gittleman, eds.). (in press).

A.D. Letten, S. K. Lyons, and A. T. Moles. 2013. The mid-domian effect: it’s not just about space. Journal of Biogeography 40:2017-2019.

Okie, J. G., A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, D. P. Costa, S, K. M. Ernest, A. R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J. L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L. E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S. K. Lyons, J. J. Saarinen, F. A. Smith, P. R. Stephens, J. Theodor, M. D. Uhen, R. M. Sibly. 2013. Effects of allomtry, production and lifestyle on rates and limits of body size evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society – B 280:1-7 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.1007).

S. K. Lyons and F. A. Smith. 2013. Macroecological patterns in body size of mammals over space and time. Pp. 116-144 In: Body Size: Linking pattern and process across space, time and taxonomic group (F. A. Smith and S. K. Lyons, eds). University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

F. A. Smith, S. K. Lyons, J. H. Brown, K. E. Jones and B. A. Maurer. 2013. The influence of flight on patterns of body size diversity and heritability. Pp. 187-205 In: Body Size: Linking pattern and process across space, time and taxonomic group (F. A. Smith and S. K. Lyons, eds). University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

F. A. Smith, and S. K. Lyons. 2013. On being the right size: the importance of size to life history, ecology and evolution. Pp. 1-10 In: Body Size: Linking pattern and process across space, time and taxonomic group (F. A. Smith and S. K. Lyons, eds). University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

F. A. Smith, and S. K. Lyons. 2013. The way forward. Pp. 235-246 In: Body Size: Linking pattern and process across space, time and taxonomic group (F. A. Smith and S. K. Lyons, eds). University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

A. R. Evans, D. Jones, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, D. P. Costa, S. K. M. Ernest, E. M. G. Fitzgerald, M. Fortelius, J. L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L. E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S. K. Lyons, J. G. Okie, J.J. Saarinen, R. M. Sibly, F. A. Smith, P. R. Stephens, J. M. Theodor, M. D. Uhen. 2012. The maximum rate of mammal evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. PNAS 2012 : 1120774109v1-201120774

B. S. Grund, T. A. Surovell, and S. K. Lyons. 2012. Range sizes and shifts of North American Pleistocene mammals are not consistent with a climatic explanation for extinction. World Archaeology, 44:1, 43-55

F. A. Smith, and S. K. Lyons. 2011. How big should a mammal be? A macroecological look at mammalian body size over space and time. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 366:2364-2378.

F. A. Smith, S. M. Elliott, and S. K. Lyons. 2011. Reply to ‘Methane and megafauna’ Nature Geosciences 4:272

M. Kowalewski, J. L. Payne, F. A. Smith, S. C. Wang, D. W. McShea, S. Xiao, R. A. Krause, Jr., A. Boyer, S. Finnegan, J. A. Stempien, S. K. Lyons, C. R. McClain, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, J. Alroy, J. H. Brown, P. A. Spaeth. 2011. The Geozoic Supereon. Palaios 26:251-255.

J. L. Payne, C. R. McClain, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R. A. Krause, Jr., S. K. Lyons, D. W. McShea, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, F. A. Smith, P. Spaeth, J. A. Stempien, and S. C. Wang. 2011. The evolutionary consequences of oxygenic photosynthesis: a body size perspective. Photosynthesis Research. 107: 37-57. (published online 07 September 2010).

P. J. Wagner and S. K. Lyons. 2010. Measuring biological diversity in the fossil record. Pp. 265-175 In: Biological diversity: frontiers in measurement and assessment (A. Magurran and B. McGill, eds). Oxford University Press.

S. K. Lyons, P. J. Wagner, and K. M. Dzikiewicz. 2010. Ecological correlates of range shifts of late Pleistocene mammals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 365:3681-3693.

E. P. White, S. K. M. Ernest, P. B. Adler, A. H. Hurlbert, and S. K. Lyons. 2010. Integrating spatial and temporal approaches to understanding species richness. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 365:3633-3643.

Smith, F.A., A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, D. Costa, T. Dayan, S.K.M. Ernest, A.R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J.L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L.E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S.K. Lyons, C. McCain, J.G. Okie, J.J. Saarinen, R.M. Sibly, P.R. Stephens, J. Theodor and M.D. Uhen. 2010. The tempo and mode of body mass evolution in Cenozoic mammals. Science 330:1216-1219.

S. K. Lyons and F. A. Smith. 2010. Using a macroecological approach to study geographic range, abundance and body size in the fossil record. Pp. 117-141 in Paleontological Society Short Course Volume 16. Quantitative Methods in Analytical Paleobiology (G. Hunt and J. Alroy, eds.).

F. A. Smith, S. M. Elliott, and S. K. Lyons. 2010. Methane emissions from extinct megafauna. Nature Geosciences 3:374-375.

 

S. K. Lyons and P. J. Wagner. 2009. Using macroecological approach to the fossil record to help inform conservation biology. Pp. 141-166 In: Conservation Paleobiology: Using the Past to Manage for the Future. Paleontological Society Short Course Volume 15.

M. R. Willig, S. K. Lyons, and R. D. Stevens. 2009. Spatial methods for the macroecological study of bats. Pp. 216-245 In: Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats (T. Kunz and S. Parsons, eds.). Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD. 901 pp.

Gotelli, N. J., M. J. Anderson, H. T. Arita, A. Chao, R. K. Colwell, S. R. Connolly, D. J. Currie, R. R. Dunn, G. R. Graves, J. L. Green, J. A. Grytnes, Y. H. Jiang, W. Jetz, S. K. Lyons, C. M. McCain, A. E. Magurran, C. Rahbek, T. Rangel, J. Soberon, C. O. Webb, and M. R. Willig. 2009. Patterns and causes of species richness: a general simulation model for macroecology. Ecology Letters 12:873-886.

J. L. Payne, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R. A. Krause, Jr., S. K. Lyons, C. R. McClain, D. W. McShea, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, F. A. Smith, J. A. Stempien, S. C. Wang. 2009. Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environemental opportunity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:24-27.

J. B. Bennington, W. A. DiMichele, C. Badgley, R. K. Bambach, P. M. Barrett, A. K. Behrensmeyer, R. Bobe, R. J. Burnham, E. B. Daeschler, J. van Dam, J. T. Eronen, D. H. Erwin, S. Finnegan, S. M. Holland, G. Hunt, D. Jablonski, S. T. Jackson, B. F. Jacobs, S. M. Kidwell, P. L. Doch, M. J. Kowalewski, C. C. Labandeira, C. V. Looy, S. K. Lyons, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, R. Potts, P. D. Roopnarine, C. A. E. Strömberg, H-D Sues, P. J. Wagner, P. Wilf, and S. L. Wing. 2009. Critical issues of scale in Paleoecology. Palaios 24:1-4.

F. A. Smith, S. K. Lyons, S. K. M. Ernest, and J. H. Brown. 2008. Macroecology: more than the division of food and space among species on continents. Progress in Physical Geography, 32:115-138.

S. K. Lyons. 2006. The past and future of biogeography. (Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 13:249-253.

V. Millien, S. K. Lyons, L. Olson, F. A. Smith, T. Wilson, Y. Yom-Tov. 2006. Ecotypic variation in the context of global climate change: revisiting the rules. Ecology Letters. 9(7): 853-869.

S. K. Lyons. 2005. A quantitative model assessing the community dynamics of Pleistocene mammals. The American Naturalist. 165(6):E168-E185.

J. S. Madin and S. K. Lyons. 2005. Incomplete sampling of geographic ranges weakens or reverses the positive relationship between animal species geographic range size and its body size. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 7:607-617.

S. K. Lyons, F. A. Smith, P. J. Wagner, E. P. White, and J. H. Brown. 2004. Was a “hyperdisease” responsible for the late Pleistocene megafaunal extinction? Ecology Letters. 7:859-868.

S. K. Lyons, F. A. Smith and J. H. Brown. 2004. Of mice, mastodons and men: human mediated extinction on four continents. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 6: 339-358.

F. A. Smith, J. H. Brown, J. P. Haskell, S. K. Lyons, J. Alroy, E. L. Charnov, T. Dayan, B. J. Enquist, S. K. M. Ernest, E. A. Hadly, K. E. Jones, D. M. Kaufman, P. A. Marquet, B. A. Maurer, K. J. Niklas, W. P. Porter, B. Tiffney, and M. R. Willig. 2004. Similarity of mammalian body size across the taxonomic hierarchy and across space and time. The American Naturalist. 163:672-691.

B. A. Maurer, J. Alroy, J. H. Brown, T. Dayan, B. Enquist, S. K. M. Ernest, E. Hadly, J. P. Haskell, D. Jablonski, K. E. Jones, D. M. Kaufman, S. K. Lyons, K. Niklas, W. Porter, K. Roy, F. A. Smith, B. Tiffney, and M. R. Willig. 2004. Convergence in Body Size Distributions of Small-bodied Flying Vertebrates. Evolutionary Ecology Research 6:783-797.

S. K. Lyons. 2003. A quantitative assessment of the range shifts of Pleistocene mammals. Journal of Mammalogy (Special Feature). 84: 385-402.

F.A. Smith, S.K. Lyons, S.K. M. Ernest, K.E. Jones, D.M. Kaufman, T. Dayan, P.A. Marquet, J.H. Brown, and J.P. Haskell. 2003. The body mass of late Quaternary mammals. Ecology 84:3403.

S. K. M. Ernest, B. J. Enquist, J. H. Brown, E. L. Charnov, J. F. Gillooly, V. M. Savage, E. P. White, F. A. Smith, E. A. Hadly, J. P. Haskell, S. K. Lyons, B. A. Maurer, K. J. Niklas, B. Tiffney. 2003. Thermodynamic and metabolic effects on the scaling of production and population energy use. Ecology Letters 6:990-995.

S. K. Lyons and M. R. Willig. 2002. Species richness, latitude, and scale-sensitivity. Ecology 83: 47-58.

S. K. Lyons. 2000. Environmental Assessment. Chapter 3 in (C. Lohrmann, ed.) Customer-owned Outside Plant Design manual: Underground and Buried. BICSI Course OSP 102. (non-peer reviewed technical manual)

S. K. Lyons and M. R. Willig. 1999. A hemispheric assessment of scale-dependence in latitudinal gradients of species richness. Ecology. 80(8): 2483-2491. (Special Feature)

M. R. Willig and S. K. Lyons. 1998. An analytical model of latitudinal gradients of species richness with an empirical test for Marsupials and Bats in the New World. Oikos 80:93-98.

S. K. Lyons and M. R. Willig. 1997. Latitudinal patterns of range size: methodological concerns and empirical evaluations for New World Bats and Marsupials. Oikos 79:568-580.

S. K. Lyons. 1995. Areography of New World Bats and Marsupials. Mastozoologia Neotropical 2:229-231.

Teaching Experience

Lecturer:
BEES 608K (Macroecology, UMd) – Fall 2012, Ecology Reading course (GWU) –Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, BEES 609 (Quaternary Paleoecology, UMd) – Fall 2010, Biology 431/531 (Mammalogy, ODU) – Spring 2007, Natural Science 162 (Environmental History of Life, UNM) – Fall 2002.

Guest Lecturer:
Biology 108 – ODU, Biogeography – U of C, ODU, Population Biology (3407), Advanced Population Biology (5407) – TTU, Environmental History of the Earth – U of C, Ecology Graduate Core – Utah State University

Postdoctoral Research Advisor:
Christy McCain (Jan-Oct 2007, with Felisa Smith and Morgan Ernest)
Marcus Hamilton (June 2009 – present, with Felisa Smith and Morgan Ernest)

Intern Advisor:
Kate Dzikiewicz ( September 2009 – 2010, with Mathew Carrano)
Anikó Tóth (May 2011-September 2011, August 2012 – June 2013) with Kay Behrensmeyer)
Janet Burke (May 2013-August 2013) with Kay Behrensmeyer

Undergraduate Research Advisor:
Helen Watson – Extinction risk in songbirds (Fall 2006)
Sarah Johnson – Feeding behavior and echolocation in dolphins (Fall 2006), Life history traits and body size evolution in mammals (Spring 2007)
Kathryn Ripley – Echolocation in dolphins and whales (Fall 2006)

 

Student Committees:
Andy Simpson: UMD BEES student (co-advised by Scott Wing and Charlie Fenster).
Andrew Du: GWU student (co-advised by Réne Bobé and Kay Behrensmeyer)
Amelia Villasenor: GWU student (co-advised by Réne Bobé and Kay Behrensmeyer)

 

Grants

S. K. Lyons, A. K. Behrensmeyer, N. J. Gotelli. Research Coordination Network: Synthesizing Deep Time and Recent Community Ecology (Recommended for funding: NSF – DEB – 1257625 $400,000 March 2013 – Februrary 2018).

 

A. K. Behrensmeyer, S. K. Lyons, W. A. DiMichele. Synthesizing Deep Time and Recent Community Ecology: The Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Program. (NMNH - $420,000 October 2010 – September 2016).

 

S. K. Lyons and Paul Harnik: Travel grant from the Paleontological Society for ESA symposium participant travel ($1000.00).


Paul Harnik and S. K. Lyons: Travel grant from the Paleoecology section of ESA for ESA symposium participant travel ($1000.00).


F. A. Smith, S. K. M. Ernest and S. K. Lyons. Research Coordination Network: Integrating Macroecological Pattern and Processes across Scales (NSF – DEB - 0541625 $490,000 July 2006 – July 2011).


NCEAS Postdoctoral Fellowship: Fall 2003 – Summer 2006.


UNM Biocomplexity Postdoctoral Fellowship: Fall 2001 – Summer 2003.


American Society of Mammalogists Shadle Fellowship – 2000-2001. $3,790.


EPA STAR Fellowship: Fall 1998 - Summer 2001. Total award (stipend, tuition, and research funds for 3 years): $102,000.

 

Professional Activities

Invited Talks and Symposiums

 

    • S. K. Lyons, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, D. P. Costa, S, K. M. Ernest, A. R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J. L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L. E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, J. G. Okie, J. J. Saarinen, F. A. Smith, P. R. Stephens, J. Theodor, M. D. Uhen, R. M. Sibly. Community Body Size distributions from Deep Time to the Recent. International Mammal Congress, Queens Univerisity, Belfast Ireland 11- 16 August, 2013.
    • J. Theodor, F. A. Smith, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, D. P. Costa, S, K. M. Ernest, A. R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J. L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L. E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S. K. Lyons, J. G. Okie, J. J. Saarinen, P. R. Stephens, M. D. Uhen, R. M. Sibly. Herbivory and maximum size evolution in the Cenozoic: the effects of fermentation and feed style. International Mammal Congress, Queens Univerisity, Belfast Ireland 11- 16 August, 2013
    • J. Saarinen, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, D. P. Costa, S, K. M. Ernest, A. R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J. L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L. E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S. K. Lyons, J. G. Okie, J. J. Saarinen, F. A. Smith, P. R. Stephens, J. Theodor, M. D. Uhen, R. M. Sibly. Patterns of body size evolution in Cenozoic land mammals: intrinsic biological processes and extrinsic forcing. International Mammal Congress, Queens Univerisity, Belfast Ireland 11- 16 August, 2013
    • S. K. Lyons and F. A. Smith. The macro and paleo of mammal body size distributions. Symposium in honor of the retirement of James H. Brown and Astrid Kodric-Brown. University of New Mexico, June 8-10, 2012
  • F. A. Smith and S. K. Lyons. The Macroecology of body size at multiple spatial and temporal scales. International Biogeography Society 5th Biannual Meeting, Crete. January, 2011
  • S. K. Lyons and F. A. Smith. Using a macroecological approach to study the fossil record Paleontological Society Short Course Volume 16. Analytical Paleobiology (G. Hunt and J. Alroy, eds.). Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. Denver, CO. Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, 2010
  • S. K. Lyons, P. J. Wagner and K. Dzikiewicz. Ecological correlates of range shifts of Late Pleistocene mammals. Royal Society 2010 Discussion Meeting – Biological Diversity in a Changing World. Oct. 25-29, 2010
  • S. K. Lyons and P. J. Wagner. Using macroecological approach to the fossil record to help inform conservation biology. Paleontological Society Short Course: Conservation Paleobiology: Using the Past to Manage for the Future. Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Portland Oregon, October 18-21. 2009.
  • S. K. Lyons. Body size distributions of mammalian trophic groups at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Women in Geosciences Symposium. National Museum of Natural History. Smithsonian Institution, October 2009
  • S. K. Lyons, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, D. P. Costa, T. Dayan, A. Evans, S. K. M. Ernest, M. Fortelius, L. Harding, S. K. Lyons, R. M. Sibly, F. A. Smith, J. Theodor, and M. D. Uhen. Community body size distributions of mammals differ among trophic groups, but not across time. North American Paleontological Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio. June 24-28, 2009
  • P. M. Novack-Gottshall, C. R. McClain, P. A. Spaeth, A. G Boyer, J. H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R. A. Krause, Jr., S. K. Lyons, D. W. McShea, J. C. Nekola, S. I. Passy, J. L. Payne, F. A. Smith, J. A. Stempien, and S. C. Wang. Variation in local body size distributions of fossil and modern taxonomic groups reflects habitat and life-history differences. North American Paleontological Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio. June 24-28, 2009.
  • S. Finnegan, F. A. Smith, S. K. Lyons, J. L. Payne, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, M. Kowalewski, R. A. Krause, Jr., C. R. McClain, D. W. McShea, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, J. A. Stempien, and S. C. Wang. Size invariant extinction risk in the marine fossil record. North American Paleontological Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio. June 24-28, 2009.
  • A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R. A. Krause, Jr., S. K. Lyons, C. R. McClain, D. W. McShea, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, J. L. Payne, F. A. Smith, J. A. Stempien, and S. C. Wang. An upper limit to maximum body size through the Phanerozoic: Phylum-scale trends in maximum body size. North American Paleontological Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio. June 24-28, 2009
  • S. K. Lyons and F. A. Smith. Where did all the mastodons go? Global patterns of late Pleistocene megafaunal extinction. Biannual meeting of the International Biogeography Society. Meridá, Mexico. January 7-13, 2009.
  • L. Harding, F. A. Smith, K. M. Youberg, S. K. Lyons, and J. H. Brown. Globetrotting: patterns of similarity in mammalian body size distributions across continents. International Biogeography Society 4th Biannual Meeting, Merida, Mexico. January 7-13, 2009.
  • S. K. Lyons. The relationship between environmental variables and mammalian body size distributions over the space and time. Symposium: Environmental Change, Extinction Risk, and the Maintenance of Biodiversity through Time. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, San Jose, CA, August 2007.
  • P. G. Harnik and S. K. Lyons. Introductory remarks: Environmental change, extinction risk, and the maintenance of biodiversity through time. Symposium: Environmental Change, Extinction Risk, and the Maintenance of Biodiversity through Time. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, San Jose, CA, August 2007.
  • S.K. Lyons and P.G. Harnik. Panel discussion: Environmental change, extinction risk, and the maintenance of biodiversity through time Symposium: Environmental Change, Extinction Risk, and the Maintenance of Biodiversity through Time. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, San Jose, CA, 2007.
  • S. K. Lyons. What has FAUNMAP done for me lately? NTEND workshop organized by Russell Graham and Eric Grim, Pennsylvania State University, March 18-20, 2007.
  • S. K. Lyons. Body size of mammalian communities over space and time. NESCent working group on bodysize. Duke University, NC, February 2-5, 2007.
  • S.K. Lyons and M.R. Willig. Using MDE models to detect the effects of geologic history on latitudinal gradients of New World mammals. NCEAS working group on modeling species distributions. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. October 5-9, 2006.
  • S. K. Lyons. Body size and local community structure of mammals across time and space: Implications for global climate change. Symposium: Ecotypic Variation in the Context of Global Climate Change: Revisiting the "Rules". Society for the Study of Evolution, June 10-14, 2005.
  • S. K. Lyons. The effects of elevation on two aspects of local community structure of late Pleistocene mammals. Life at High Elevations Symposium. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, January 4-8, 2005
  • S. K. Lyons, J. H. Brown, S. K. M. Ernest, F. A. Smith. Macroecology of Late Pleistocene mammals: body size and local community structure. Symposium on Biosphere dynamics: The key to understanding the biotic effects of future environmental change. Geological Society of America, Nov. 2-5, 2003.
  • F. A. Smith, S. K. Lyons, J. H. Brown, and J. P. Haskell. Body size, space and time; a macroecological view of the world. Symposium on Macroecology. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Lake Charles, LA. 2002.
  • M. R. Willig and S. K. Lyons. Gradients of diversity, scale sensitivity, and null models. Symposium on Macroecology. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Lake Charles, LA. 2002.
  • Bruce D. Patterson and S. K. Lyons. Modern mammal assemblages from the Neotropics: legacies of the Great American Biotic Interchange. A. Watson Armour Spring Systematic Symposium, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, 1997.

Invited Seminars

  • Snapshots of the past: the structure and dynamics of mammal communities from Deep Time to the Recent. University of New Mexico, 2013
    • Snapshots of the past: the structure and dynamics of mammal communities from Deep Time to the Recent. University of Maryland, 2011
  • Moving the Debate Forward: the consequences of the loss of ~200 million mammals at the terminal Pleistocene. University of Cincinnati, 2011
  • Going Forward: Using ecological theory to interpret patterns in the fossil record. University of Cincinnati, 2011
  • Of mice mastodons and men: using macroecology to understand the dynamics of late Pleistocene mammals. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. 2008
  • Of mice mastodons and men: using macroecology to understand the dynamics of late Pleistocene mammals. Miami University of Ohio. 2008
  • Why does body size matter? Patterns across time, space and scale. Penn State University. 2007
  • The effects of human impacts and climate change on late Pleistocene mammals. Illinois State Museum. 2006
  • Of mice, mastodons, and men: spatial and temporal dynamics of late Pleistocene mammals. Old Dominion University. 2006.
  • Of mice, mastodons and men: extinction and spatial dynamics of late Pleistocene mammals. University of California, Merced. 2006.
  • Extinction, climate change, and community structure of late Pleistocene mammals. City University of New York, College of Staten Island. 2006.
  • Of mice, mastodons, and men: extinction and spatial dynamics of late Pleistocene mammals. University of North Dakota. 2006
  • Species and community level dynamics of late Pleistocene mammals. Texas Tech University. 2006.
  • The effects of human impacts and climate change on late Pleistocene mammals. New York State Museum. 2006.
  • Spatial and temporal dimensions of the response of late Pleistocene mammals to climate change. St. Louis University. 2006.
  • The past as a template for the future: spatial and temporal dimensions of late Pleistocene mammal communities. Purdue University. 2006.
  • Of mice and mastodons: spatial and temporal dynamics of late Pleistocene mammals. University of Houston. 2006.
  • Dynamics of late Pleistocene mammal communities across time and space. University of California – Irvine. 2006.
  • Spatial and temporal dynamics of late Pleistocene mammals. University of Wyoming. 2005.
  • Climate change, extinction, and community structure of late Quaternary mammals. University of Chicago. 2005.
  • Climate change, extinction, and spatial dynamics of late Pleistocene mammals. North Carolina State University. 2005.
  • Using the past to understand the future: climate change, extinction, and spatial dynamics of Pleistocene mammals. University of Maryland. 2005.
  • Using the past to understand the future: climate change, extinction, and spatial dynamics of Pleistocene mammals. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. 2005.
  • Extinction and spatial dynamics of Late Pleistocene mammals. University of Oxford, England. 2004.
  • Macroecology of Late Pleistocene mammals: range shifts, body size, and community structure. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. 2004.
  • Dynamics of Pleistocene mammals across space and time. University of Arizona. 2003.
  • Dynamics of Late Pleistocene mammals: range shifts, body size, and community structure. University of California, Santa Barbara. 2003.
  • Community structure of Pleistocene mammals: the effects of biotic and abiotc factors on the response to climate change. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Missoula, MO. Plenary Session. 2001.
  • Community structure and dynamics of Pleistocene mammals. Biocomplexity group, University of New Mexico. 2001.
  • Patterns in species' range size and richness and their causes. Advanced Biodiversity class, Texas Tech University. 1993.

Published Abstracts

  • Lyons, S. K., Blois, Jessica, Gotelli, Nicholas J., Behrensmeyer, Anna K., Faith, J. Tyler, Amatangelo, Kathryn L., Dimichele, William A., Du, Andrew, And Eronen, Jussi T., Bobe, René, Antoine Bercovici, Graves, Gary R., Nathan Jud, Conrad C. Labandeira, Cindy V. Looy, Brian McGill, David Patterson, Richard Potts, Brett Riddle, Rebecca C. Terry, Anikó Tóth, Amelia Villaseñor, John J. Williams, Scott L. Wing. Testing patterns of co-occurrence among plant and mammal species in community assemblages from deep time to the recent. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America. Oct. 2013, Denver, Co.
  • Smith, F. A., S. K. Lyons, S. K. M. Ernest, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, D. P. Costa, A. R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J. L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L. E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, J. G. Okie, J. J. Saarinen, P. R. Stephens, J. Theodor, M. D. Uhen, and R. M. Sibly. Mammal community structure over time and space. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America. Oct. 2013, Denver, Co.
  • Toth, A. B., A. K. Behrensmeyer, S. K. Lyons. Increased diversity and decreased uniqueness in Kenyan mammal communities over the past century. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR. 2012
  • S. K. Lyons, J. T. Faith, A. K. Behrensmeyer, K. L. Amatangelo, J. Blois, W. A. DiMichele, A. Du, J. T. Eronen, N. J. Gotelli, G. R. Graves, G. Hunt, C. Jaramillo, N. A. Jud, C. C. Labandeira, C. V. Looy, A. T. Moles, R. Potts, H-D. Sues, R. C. Terry, E. P. White, J. J. Williams, S. L. Wing. A comparison of plant and mammal community structure from Deep Time to the Recent. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. XX:XXX., 201
  • S. K. Lyons, P. J. Wagner, and K. M. Dzikiewicz. Ecological correlates of range shifts of Late Pleistocene mammals. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. XX:XXX.
  • Smith, F.A., A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, D. Costa, T. Dayan, S.K.M. Ernest, A.R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J.L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L.E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S.K. Lyons, C. McCain, J.G. Okie, J.J. Saarinen, R.M. Sibly, P.R. Stephens, J. Theodor and M.D. Uhen. The tempo and mode of body mass evolution in Cenozoic mammals. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. XX:XXX.
  • F. A. Smith, S. M. Elliott, and S. K. Lyons. Mammoth Burps: Did human impacts on the environment predate the Holocene? Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America 41:161, 2009.
  • Kowalewski, M., J. Alroy, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, S. Finnegan, R. A. Krause, Jr., S. K. Lyons, C. R. McClain, D. McShea, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, J. Payne, F. A. Smith, P. A. Spaeth, J. A. Stempien, and S. C. Wang. The geozoic: an informal supereon and a terminological convenience. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America 41:158, 2009.
  • Finnegan, S., S. C. Wang, A. G. Boyer, M. E. Clapham, Z. V. Finkel, M. A. Kosnik, M. Kowalewski, R. A. Krause, Jr., S. K. Lyons, C. R. McClain, D. McShea, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, R. Lockwood, J. Payne, F. A. Smith, P. A. Spaeth, J. A. Stempien. No general relationship between body size and extinction risk in the fossil record of marine invertebrates and phytoplankton. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America 41:506, 2009.
  • F. A. Smith, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, D. P. Costa, T. Dayan, A. Evans, S. K. M. Ernest, M. Fortelius, L. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S. K. Lyons, R. M. Sibly, J. Saarinen, J. Theodor, and M. D. Uhen. Size matters: examining patterns of maximum body size of mammals over time and space. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico. August 2-7, 2009.
  • A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R. A. Krause, Jr., S. K. Lyons, C. R. McClain, D. W. McShea, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, J. L. Payne, F. A. Smith, J. A. Stempien, and S. C. Wang. An upper limit to maximum body size through the Phanerozoic: Phylum-scale trends in maximum body size. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico. August 2-7, 2009.
  • S. K. Lyons. The relationship between environmental variables and mammalian body size distributions over the space and time. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, San Jose, CA, 2007
  • P. G. Harnik and S. K. Lyons. Introductory remarks: Environmental change, extinction risk, and the maintenance of biodiversity through time. Symposium: Environmental Change, Extinction Risk, and the Maintenance of Biodiversity through Time. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, San Jose, CA, 2007.
  • S.K. Lyons and P.G. Harnik. Panel discussion: Environmental change, extinction risk, and the maintenance of biodiversity through time Symposium: Environmental Change, Extinction Risk, and the Maintenance of Biodiversity through Time. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, San Jose, C, 2007.
  • S. K. Lyons and F. A. Smith. Assessing biases in the mammalian fossil record using late Pleistocene mammals from North America. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America 38:XX, 2006.
  • S. K. Lyons and F. A. Smith. Body size of very large mammals. Does water matter? Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. 37(7):XX, 2005.
  • S. K. Lyons. Body size and local community structure of mammals across time and space. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Montreal, Canada, 2005.
  • S. K. Lyons. The effects of elevation on two aspects of local community structure of late Pleistocene mammals. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 44(6):595, 2004.
  • S. K. Lyons, F. A. Smith, E. P. White and J. H. Brown. Evaluating the hyperdisease hypothesis for the end-Pleistocene megafaunal extinction using West Nile virus. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. 36(5): XX. 2004.
  • S. K. Lyons, J. H. Brown, S. K. M. Ernest, F. A. Smith. Body size and local community structure of late Pleistocene mammals. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR, 2004.
  • S. K. Lyons, J. H. Brown, S. K. M. Ernest, F. A. Smith. Macroecology of Late Pleistocene mammals: body size and local community structure. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. 35(7): XX, 2003.
  • S. K. Lyons, F. A. Smith, and J. H. Brown. Of mice, mastodons and men: human caused extinction on four continents. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. 34(7): XX, 2002.
  • S. K. Lyons. Community structure of Pleistocene mammals: the effects of biotic and abiotc factors on the response to glaciation. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. 33(7):XX, 2001.
  • S. K. Lyons. Community structure of Pleistocene mammals: the effects of biotic and abiotic factors on the response to climate change. EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship conference abstracts. Silver Springs, MD, 2001.
  • S. K. Lyons. A quantitative assessment of the changes in Pleistocene mammal distributions and community composition across both space and time. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. 32(7): Abstract 51364, 2000.
  • S. K. Lyons. Quantitative measures of change in Pleistocene mammal distributions and community composition. EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship conference abstracts. Washington, DC., 2000.
  • S. K. Lyons. Quantitative measures of change in Pleistocene mammal distributions and community composition: A sensitivity analysis. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. 31(7): Abstract:50855, 1999.
  • S. K. Lyons. A quantitative assessment of the changes in Pleistocene mammal distributions in response to glaciation. EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship conference abstracts. Pg. 153, 1999.
  • S. K. Lyons. A quantitative assessment of the changes in Pleistocene mammal distributions and the effect on community composition. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. 30(7): Abstract 51092, 1998.
  • S. K. Lyons and Michael R. Willig. Latitudinal patterns in the geographic ranges of species: facts and artifacts. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Wisconsin, 1993.

Other meetings

  • Lyons, S. K., Blois, Jessica, Gotelli, Nicholas J., Behrensmeyer, Anna K., Faith, J. Tyler, Amatangelo, Kathryn L., Dimichele, William A., Du, Andrew, And Eronen, Jussi T., Antoine Bercovici, Graves, Gary R., Nathan Jud, Conrad C. Labandeira, Cindy V. Looy, Brian McGill, David Patterson, Richard Potts, Brett Riddle, Rebecca C. Terry, Anikó Tóth, Amelia Villaseñor, John J. Williams, Scott L. Wing. Patterns of co-occurrence of plant and mammal species across critical intervals. NAPC – Florida Feb. 2014.
  • Miller, J. H., A. K. Behrensmeyer, A. Du, S. K. Lyons, D. Patterson, A. Tóth, A. Villaseñor, E. Kanga, Denné Reed. Ecoloigcal fidelity of functional traits based on species presence-absence in the mammalian bone assemblage of Amoseli Park, Kenya. NAPC – Florida, Feb. 2014.
  • Tóth, A., A. K. Behrensmeyer, J. H. Miller, S. K. Lyons. Species Richness, Community Dynamics, and Time-averaging in Recent Kenyan Ecosystems. NAPC – Florida, Feb. 2014.
  • Miller, J. H., A. K. Behrensmeyer, A. Du, S. K. Lyons, D. Patterson, A. Tóth, A. Villaseñor. Size-biased modern bone accumulations can accurately record whole-community ecology. Annual meting of Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists. Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 2013.
  • Lyons, S.K., J. T. Faith, J. Blois, N.J. Gotelli, A. K. Behrensmeyer, K. L. Amatangelo, A. Bercovici, W. A. DiMichele, A. Du, J. T. Eronen, G. R. Graves, G. Hunt, N. A. Jud, C. C. Labandeira, C. V. Looy, R. Potts, H-D. Sues, R. C. Terry, A. Tóth, J. J. Williams, S. L. Wing. A comparison of plant and mammal community structure from deep time to the recent. The Geobiology Symposium: February 22, 2013, NMNH – Paleobiology.
  • Lyons, S.K., A. B. Toth, A. K. Behrensmeyer, Changes in mammal community structure in Kenya over the last 100 years. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Reno NV. 2012
  • Alistair R. Evans, David O. Jones, Alison G. Boyer, James H. Brown, Dan P. Costa, Tamar Dayan, S. K. Morgan Ernest, Mikael Fortelius, John L. Gittleman, Marcus J. Hamilton, Larisa E. Harding, Kari Lintulaakso, S. K. Lyons, Jordan G. Okie, Juha J. Saarinen, Richard M. Sibly, Felisa A. Smith, Patrick R. Stephens, Jessica Theodor and Mark D. Uhen Estimating maximum rates of macroevolution in the fossil record. Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists. Oct. 10-13, 2010
  • Smith, F.A., A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, D. Costa, T. Dayan, S.K.M. Ernest, A.R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J.L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L.E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S.K. Lyons, C. McCain, J.G. Okie, J.J. Saarinen, R.M. Sibly, P.R. Stephens, J. Theodor and M.D. Uhen. The tempo and mode of body mass evolution in Cenozoic mammals. Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists. Oct. 10-13, 2010
  • Smith, F.A., A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, D. Costa, T. Dayan, S.K.M. Ernest, A.R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J.L. Gittleman, M. J. Hamilton, L.E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S.K. Lyons, C. McCain, J.G. Okie, J.J. Saarinen, R.M. Sibly, P.R. Stephens, J. Theodor and M.D. Uhen. The tempo and mode of body mass evolution in Cenozoic mammals. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Laramie WY. 2010
  • F. A. Smith, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, D. P. Costa, T. Dayan, A. Evans, S. K. M. Ernest, M. Fortelius, L. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S. K. Lyons, R. M. Sibly, J. Saarinen, J. Theodor, and M. D. Uhen. Size matters: examining patterns of maximum body size of mammals over time and space. International Biogeography Society 4th Biannual Meeting, Merida, Mexico, 2009.
  • Youberg, K. M., F. A. Smith, and S. K. Lyons. What drives the similarity of mammalian body size across continents? Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Albuquerque, NM, 2007.
  • S. K. Lyons, F. A. Smith, P. J. Wagner, E. P. White and J. H. Brown. Was a “hyperdisease” responsible for the late Pleistocene megafaunal extinction? Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Arcata, CA, 2004.
  • F. A. Smith, and S. K. Lyons. Heritability of body size in large mammals. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Arcata, CA, 2004.
  • S. K. Lyons. A comparison of the range shifts for mammalian orders in the Pleistocene. First annual meeting of the International Biogeography Society. Mesquite, NV, 2003.
  • S. K. Lyons. Range shifts of mammalian orders during the late Pleistocene. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Lubbock, TX, 2003.
  • S. K. Lyons, F. A. Smith. and J. H. Brown. Of mice mastodons and men: human caused extinctions on four continents. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Lake Charles, LA, 2002.
  • M. R. Willig and S. K. Lyons. Gradients of diversity, scale sensitivity, and null models. Symposium on Macroecology of mammals: patterns, processes and possibilities. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Lake Charles, LA, 2002.
  • S. K. Lyons. Quantitative measures of change in Pleistocene mammal distributions and community composition: is community membership temporally dependent? Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Durham, New Hampshire, 2000.
  • S. K. Lyons and M. R. Willig. Species-Area curves and diversity-latitude relationships in the New World. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Seattle Washington, 1999.
  • S. .K. Lyons. A quantitative assessment of the changes in Pleistocene mammal distributions: Are range shifts independent? Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Virginia, 1998.
  • S. K. Lyons. A quantitative assessment of Pleistocene mammal assemblages: a model for quantifying range shifts and community composition. GSA Penrose Conference on Linking Spatial and Temporal Scales in Paleoecology and Ecology, Virginia and Maryland, 1998 (Invited poster).
  • S. K. Lyons. A quantitative assessment of disharmony among Pleistocene mammal assemblages: Are non-analogue communities the rule? Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Oklahoma, 1997.
  • S. K. Lyons and Bruce D. Patterson. Identifying and delimiting regions of endemism for Neotropical mammals: The native Murids. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, North Dakota, 1996.
  • Michael R. Willig, S. K. Lyons and Richard D. Stevens. Ecological filters and biogeographic determinants of species richness: a quantitative approach and empirical evaluation for New World bat communities. Annual meeting of the American society of Mammalogists, Vermont, 1995.
  • S. K. Lyons and Michael R. Willig. Latitudinal gradients in the New World: A null model and Empirical test. Annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Kansas, 1994.
  • Michael R. Willig and S. K. Lyons. Latitudinal gradients in the New World: Fact or Artifact? Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Washington DC, 1994.
  • Michael R. Willig and S. K. Lyons. Latitudinal gradients of New World bats: A null model and empirical test. 24th Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research, Ixtapa, Mexico, 1994.
  • S. K. Lyons and Michael R. Willig. Facts and artifacts concerning Rapoport's rule: latitudinal gradients in species range size. Annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Missouri, 1993.
  • S. K. Lyons and Michael R. Willig. Latitudinal gradients in range size: a quantitative assessment of Rapoport's rule for New World bats and marsupials. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Washington, 1993.

Referee

Nature, Science, The American Naturalist, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Evolutionary Ecology Research, Diversity and Distributions, Journal of Mammalogy, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Ecology, Global Change Biology, Palaios, Paleobiology, Biology Letters, Oikos, Ecography, Evolution, National Science Foundation, US Civilian Research and Development Foundation.

Synergistic Activities

Invited participant in the workshop, "Stranger than we can suppose: Evaluating ecological possibility – past, present, and future” organized by the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystem Program, Smithsonian Institution, September 12-14, 2008
Invited participant in the workshop, "Paleontological Powers of Ten: Issues of Scale in Paleobiology", organized by the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystem Program, Smithsonian Institution, September 13-16, 2007
Co-Organizer (with Paul Harnik) of an Ecological Society of America Symposium: “Environmental Change, Extinction Risk, and the Maintenance of Biodiversity through Time” – August 2007.
Member, FAUNMAP advisory board – 2006-present
Member Species Distribution Modeling Working group, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis – 2006-2008
Member, Body Size Evolution Working Group, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
Invited participant in the GSA Penrose conference on: Linking spatial and temporal scales in Ecology and Paleoecology, May 1998
Member Body Size Working group, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis – 1998-2001

Professional Service

American Society of Mammalogists
The American Society of Naturalists
Paleontological Society
Ecological Society of America
International Biogeography Society

 

Associate Editor: Journal of Earth Science and Climatic Change (2010-2013).

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