CTPA (Center for Tropical Paleoecology and Archeology
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Website: Dr Austin Hendy
PhD. Geology: University of Cincinnati, 2007
Thesis title: “Cenozoic molluscan biodiversity: An examination of biodiversity change at global, regional, and local spatial scales.”
MSc. Earth Sciences: University of Waikato (New Zealand), 2002.
BSc. Earth Sciences-Biology: University of Waikato (New Zealand), 2001
My interests focus on understanding geologic transitions in marine invertebrate biodiversity and the quantification of various biases on these patterns, be they inherent in the fossil record, gaps in paleontological data, or methodological artifacts.
My current research at STRI focuses on four main areas.
- Stratigraphic as well as geographic variations in paleoenvironments and biofacies of the Gatun Formation (Late Miocene). This project incorporates new collections from Panama canal expansion and accessible outcrops in the vicinity of Colón, existing and historic data sources, and drill core material made available by the Autoridad del Canal de Panamá.
- The taxonomy of mollusks and paleoenvironments in Eocene-Oligocene sedimentary basins of Panama, including the Gatuncillo and Tonosi Formations. Fresh outcrops of the Gatuncillo Formation along the new Autopista Panamá-Colón and the Boyd-Roosevelt Highway highlight the stratigraphic and geographic variability of environments in this unit and provide numerous new taxa.
- The paleontology of molluscan faunas in the Guajira Peninsula of northeastern Colombia. Diverse faunas have now been collected from the Siamana (Late Oligocene-Early Miocene) and Castilletes Formations (Pliocene or Pleistocene). These faunas provide important data on the biogeography of the southern Caribbean and tropical Eastern Pacific during the late Cenozoic.
- Gastropod predation of mollusks in the neotropics. This study incorporates a variety of data sources (dredged samples, beach collections, and behavioral experiments) to understand the causes of geographic and environmental variations in drilling predation, and the factors that influence prey risk.
Hendy, A.J.W., in press, Taphonomic overprints on Phanerozoic trends in biodiversity: Lithification and other secular megabiases, in Allison, P.A. and Bottjer, D.J. (eds.), Taphonomy: Process and bias through time. Plenum Press.
Brett, C.E., Allison, P., and Hendy, A.J.W., in press, Comparative taphonomy of small-scale mixed carbonate/siliciclastic cycles: Cambrian to Neogene examples, in Allison, P.A. and Bottjer, D.J. (eds.), Taphonomy: Process and bias through time. Plenum Press.
Bland, K.J., Hendy, A.J.W., Kamp, P.J.J., and Nelson, C.S., in press. Macrofossil biofacies in the Late Neogene Mangaheia Group of central Hawke’s Bay: Applications to sequence stratigraphy and paleogeography. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics.
Hendy, A.J.W., Kamp, P.J.J., and Vonk, A.J., 2009, Late Miocene turnover of molluscan faunas, New Zealand: taxonomic and ecological reassessment of diversity changes at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Palaeoceanography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 280, p. 275-290.
Miller, A.I., Aberhan, M.J., Buick, D.P., Bulinski, K.V., Freguson, C.A., Hendy, A.J.W., and Kiessling, W., 2009, Phanerozoic trends in the global geographic disparity of marine biotas. Paleobiology 35 (4), 612-630.
Hendy, A.J.W., 2009. Lithification and the measurement of biodiversity. Paleobiology 35 (1), p. 42-57.
Alroy, J., Aberhan, M., Bottjer, D.K., Foote, M., Fürsich, F.T., Harries, P.J., Hendy, A.J.W., et al., 2008, Sampling-standardized Phanerozoic trends in the diversity of marine organisms. Science 321, p. 97-100.
Hendy, A.J.W., and Kamp, P.J.J., 2007, Paleoecology of late Miocene-early Pliocene sixth-order glacio-eustatic cycles in Manutahi-1 core, Wanganui Basin - Implications for sequence stratigraphic interpretation. Palaios 22 (3), p. 325-337.
Brett, C.E., Hendy, A.J.W., Bartholomew, A., Bonelli, J., McLaughlin, P., 2007, Response of shallow marine biotas to sea level fluctuations: Faunal replacement and the process of habitat tracking. Palaios 22 (3), p. 228-244.
Wagner, P.J., Aberhan, M., Hendy, A.J.W., Kiessling, W., 2007, The Effects of Taxonomic Standardization on Occurrence-Based Depictions of Diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences 274 (1608), p. 239-244
Hendy, A.J.W., Vonk, A.J., and Kamp, P.J.J., 2006, Cool-water shell bed taphofacies from the Miocene-Pliocene shelf sequences of New Zealand: Utility of taphofacies in sequence stratigraphic analysis. In Pedley, H.M. and Carannante, G. (eds). Cool-Water Carbonates: Depositional Systems and Paleoenvironmental Control. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 255, p. 285-307.
Johnston, P.A., and Hendy, A.J.W., 2005, Invertebrate fossils of the Belly River Group, Dinosaur Provincial Park. In Currie, P.J., and Koppelhus, E.B. (eds.). Dinosaur Provincial Park: A Spectacular Ancient Ecosystem Revealed. University of Indiana Press, p. 139-166.
Hendy, A.J.W., Vonk, A.J., and Kamp, P.J.J., 2004, Late Miocene-early Pliocene biofacies of Wanganui and Taranaki Basins, New Zealand - Applications to paleoenvironmental and sequence stratigraphic analysis. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 47 (2), p. 769-785.