S. Kathleen Lyons

Paleoecologist

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Full name
S. Kathleen Lyons
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a professional scientist
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Full Curator

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67 objects curated
24 taxa curated
7 images set as exemplar
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Curator qualifications

Credentials

I have credentials 1-3.  

Credential 1: 

Current Positions:

Research Scientist, Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History – 2008 - present

Credential 2:

Blois, J. L., N. J. Gotelli, A. K. Behrensmeyer, T. J. Faith, S. K. Lyons, J. W. Williams, K. L. Amatangelo, A. Bercovici, A. Du, J. Eronen, G. R. Graves, N. Jud, C. Labandeira, C. Looy, B. McGill, D. Patterson, R. Potts, B. Riddle, R. Terry, A. Tóth, A. Villasenor, S. Wing.  The influence of climate, dispersal limitation, and biotic interactions on species associations among fossil pollen taxa across the late Quaternary.  (submitted to Ecography).

Tóth, A.  S.K. Lyons and A.K. Behrensmeyer.  Increased richness and decreased uniqueness in six protected areas in Kenya over a century.  (in press PLoS One).

Tóth, A.  S.K. Lyons and A.K. Behrensmeyer.  Mammals of Kenya’s protected areas.  (in press, Ecological Archives).

Saarinen, J. J., 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, R.M. Sibly, F.A. Smith, P. R. Stephens, J. Theodor, and M.D. Uhen.  Patterns of body size evolution in Cenozoic land mammals:  intrinsic biological processes and extrinsic forcing.  (in press Proceedings of the Royal Society – B).

Miller, J. H., A. K. Behrensmeyer, A. Du, S. K. Lyons, D. Patternson, A. Tóth, A. Villaseñor, E. Kanga, D. Reed.  Ecological fidelity of functional traits based on species presence-absence in a modern mammalian bone assemblage.  (in press Paleobiology).

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, P. M. Novack-Gottshall, C. R. McClain, R. A. Krause, Jr., A. Boyer, S. Finnegan, S. K. Lyons, J. A. Stempien, J. Alroy, and 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.

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.

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, (K. Flessa and G. Dietl, eds.) 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.

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.

Books and Edited Volumes:

F. A. Smith and S. K. Lyons, editors.  2013. Body Size:  Linking pattern and process across space, time and taxonomic group.  University of Chicago Press. 

Credential 3: 

Professional Service:

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

American Society of Mammalogists

Human diversity committee (1998 – 2003), Mammal Slide Library committee (1998 – present), Grants-in-aid committee (2003 – 2007; 2012 - present), Informatics committee (2003-present).

Paleontological Society

            Student council member 1999-2000 (presidential appointment)

Ecological Society of America

International Biogeography Society

            Awards Committee (2003 - 2009)

Please let me know if you require any additional information.

Sincerely,

S. Kathleen Lyons

Curation scope
Fossil Organisms. I am tasked with overseeing 5.5 interns this summer to add content for at least 100 fossil taxa associated with the Deep Time exhibit. I'd like to be a Master Curator so that I can approve the interns as Curators and so that I can keep track of and edit their work.