Ph.D., University of Southern California
M.S., University of Southern California
B.A., College of Wooster
Key Areas of Interest: Evolution and Paleoecology of Early Animals
Teaching Areas: History of Life, Historical Geology, Introduction to Paleontology, Marine Paleoecology, Paleobiology, Ichnology
Research Interests: Research in my lab focuses on the evolution, paleoecology, and preservation of animals during their initial radiation of the Ediacaran and Cambrian Periods (ca. 635- 488 million years ago). Known popularly as the “Cambrian explosion,” this radiation is one of the most critical events in the history of life on Earth, with complex animals evolving for the first time, radiating throughout the world’s oceans, and diversifying into most of the major animal groups that we still see today. An increasingly complex web of ecological interactions was a fundamental part of this radiation. We find the first evidence for macropredation, extensive skeletonization, deep burrowing in the seafloor, and macroscopic sense organ development during this event.
Adjunct Curator, Milwaukee Public Museum
Curator, Greene Geological Museum
Editor, Atlantis Press book series Advances in Palaeontology
Associate Editor, Palaeontologia Electronica
Laflamme, M., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Dornbos, S.Q., (eds.), 2011, Quantifying the Early Evolution of Life: Numerical Approaches to the Evaluation of Fossils and Ancient Ecosystems. Topics in Geobiology, v. 36, Springer, 462 p.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
Dornbos, S.Q., Clapham, M.E., Fraiser, M.L., and Laflamme, M., 2012, Lessons from the fossil record: The Ediacaran radiation, the Cambrian radiation, and the end-Permian mass extinction. In: Solan, M., Aspden, R.J.A., and Paterson, D.M. (eds.), Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning. Oxford University Press, Oxford: 52-72.
Dornbos, S.Q., 2010, Phosphatization through the Phanerozoic. In: Allison, P.A., and Bottjer, D.J. (eds.), Taphonomy, Second Edition: Process and Bias Through Time. Topics in Geobiology 32, Springer: 435-456.
Plotnick, R.E., Dornbos, S.Q., and Chen, J.Y., 2010, Information landscapes and the sensory ecology of the Cambrian radiation. Paleobiology 36(2): 303-317.
Domke, K.L., and Dornbos, S.Q., 2010, Paleoecology of the middle Cambrian edrioasteroid echinoderm Totiglobus: Implications for unusual Cambrian morphologies. Palaios 25(3): 209-214.
Chen, J.Y., Bottjer, D.J., Davidson, E.H., Dornbos, S.Q., Gao, X., Yang, Y.H., Li, C.W., Li, G., Wang, X.Q., Xian, D.C., Wu, H.R., Hwu, Y.K., and Tafforeau, P., 2006, Phosphatized polar-lobe-forming eggs and embryos from the Precambrian of southwest China. Science 312(5780): 1644-1646.