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  • 81. Maloney, K.M.*, Maverick, D.P.#, Schiffbauer, J.D., Halverson, G.P., Xiao, S., and Laflamme, M. Systematic paleontology of macroalgal fossils from the Tonian Mackenzie Mountain Supergroup. Journal of Paleontology.

  • 80. Miller, A.A.#, Jacquet, S.M.*, Anderson, E.P., and Schiffbauer, J.D. Conulariids from the Silurian (Late Telychian) Waukesha Lagerstätte, Wisconsin. Historical Biology. <Early view link>


  • 79. Pulsipher, M.A.#, Anderson, E.P.+, Wright, L.S.#, Kluessendorf, J., Mikulic, D.G., and Schiffbauer, J.D.*. Description of Acheronauta gen. nov., a possible mandibulate from the Silurian Waukesha Lagerstätte, Wisconsin, USA. Journal of Systematic Paleontology 20: 2109216. <link>

  • 78. Lindsay-Kaufman, A.#, Rosbach, S.A.#, Wright, L.S.#, Vaziri, S.H., Majidifard, M.R., Selly, T., Laflamme, M., and Schiffbauer, J.D.*. Describing difficult shell-hash assemblages from the lower Cambrian Soltanieh Formation, Alborz Mountains, Northern Iran. Palaios 37: 374–391. <link>

  • 77. Muir, L.A.*, Botting, J.P., Walker, S.N.A., Schiffbauer, J.D., and MacGabhann, B.A. Onuphionella corusca sp. nov.: an early Cambrian-type agglutinated tube from Upper Ordovician strata of Morocco. In Hunter, A.W., Álvaro, J.J., Lefebvre, B., Van Roy, P., and Zamora, S. (eds.). The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event: Insights from the Tafilalt Biota, Morocco. The Geological Society of London Lyell Collection Special Publications 485: 297-309. [Special issue contribution] <link>

  • 76. Olcott, A.N.*, Downen, M.R., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Selden, P.A. Diatom-influenced fossil preservation across the Cenozoic. Communications Earth & Environment 3: 94. <link>

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  • 75. Maloney, K.M.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Halverson, G.P., Xiao, S., and Laflamme, M. Preservation of early Tonian Macroalgae from the Dolores Creek Formation, Yukon. Scientific Reports 12: 6222. <link>

  • 74. Whitaker, A.F.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Briggs, D.E.G., Leibach, W.W., and Kimming, J. Preservation of soft-bodied fossils and the occurrence of phosphate-associated rare earth elements in the Cambrian (Wuliuan) Spence Shale Lagerstätte. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 592: 110909. <link>

  • 73. Jacquet, S.M.*, Selly, T., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Brock, G.A. Sclerite assembly, articulation, and protective system of lower Devonian machaeridians. Papers in Palaeontology 8: e1410. <link>


  • 72. Ren, G., Meng, F.*, Pulsipher, M.A., Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Yuan, J., Zhao, Y., Guo, Y., Gao, J., and Chang, C. A contiguous record of the SPICE event, sea level change, and the first appearance of Fenghuangella laevis in Shandong Province, North China. Lethaia 54: 631–642. <link>

  • 71. Sinha, S.*, Muscente, A.D., Schiffbauer, J.D., Williams, M., Schweigert, G., and Martindale, R.C. Global controls on phosphatization of fossils during the Toarcian ocean anoxic event. Scientific Reports 11: 24087. <link>

  • 70. De Baets, K.*, Huntley, J.W., Klompmaker, A.A., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Muscente, A.D. The fossil record of parasitism: Its extent and taphonomic constraints. In De Baets, K., and Huntley, J.W. (eds.). Evolution and Fossil Record of Parasitism, vol. 2: Coevolution and Paleoparasitological Techniques. Topics in Geobiology [Springer] 50: 1–50 (ch. 1). [Book chapter] <link>

  • 69. Leibach, W.L.* #, Lerosey-Aubril, R.*, Whitaker, A.F., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Kimmig, J. First palaeoscolecid from the Cambrian (Miaolingian, Drumian) Marjum Formation of western Utah. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 66: 663–678. <link>

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  • 68. Selly, T.*, and Schiffbauer, J.D. X-ray tomographic microscopy as a means to systematically track experimental decay and fossilization. Palaios 36: 216–224. [Cover article] <link>

  • 67. Anderson, E.P.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Jacquet, S.M., Kluessendorf, J., and Mikulic, D.G. Stranger than a scorpion: a reassessment of Parioscorpio venator, a problematic arthropod from the Llandoverian Waukesha Lagerstätte. Palaeontology 64: 429–474. <link>

  • 66. Maloney, K.M.*, Halverson, G.P. Schiffbauer, J.D., Xiao, S., Gibson, T.M., Lechte, M.A., Cumming, V.M., Millikin, A.E.G., Murphy, J.G., Wallace, M.W., Selby, D., and Laflamme, M.* New multicellular marine macroalgae from the early Tonian of northwestern Canada. Geology 49: 743–747. <link>

  • 65. Pulsipher, M.A., Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Jeffrey, M.J., Huntley, J.W., Fike, D.A., and Shelton, K.L. A meta-analysis of the Steptoean Positive Carbon Isotope Excursion: The SPICEraq database. Earth-Science Reviews 212: 103442. [Special issue contribution] <link>

  • 64. Darroch, S.A.F.*, Cribb, A.T., Buatois, L.A., Germs, G.J.B., Kenchington, C.G., Smith, E.F., Mocke, H., O’Neil, G.R., Schiffbauer, J.D., Maloney, K.M., Racicot, R.A., Turk, K.A., Gibson, B.M., Almond, J., Koester, B., Boag, T.H., Tweedt, S.M., and Laflamme, M. The trace fossil record of the Nama Group, Namibia: exploring the terminal Ediacaran roots of the Cambrian explosion. Earth-Science Reviews 212: 103435. <link>


  • 63. Whitaker, A.F.*, Jamison, P.G., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Kimmig, J. Re-description of the Spence Shale palaeoscolecids in light of new morphological features with comments on palaeoscolecid taxonomy and taphonomy. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 94: 661–674. <link>

  • 62. Lekakh, S.N.*, Zhang, X., Tucker, W., Lee, H.K., Selly, T., and Schiffbauer, J.D. Micro-CT quantitative evaluation of graphite nodules in SGI. International Journal of Metalcasting 14: 318–327. <link>

  • 61. Shelton, K.L*, Cavender, B.D., Perry, L.E., Schiffbauer, J.D., Appold, M.S., Burstein, I., and Fike, D.A. Stable isotope and fluid inclusion studies of deep Zn-Cu-(Ni-Co)-rich ores of the Brushy Creek mine, Viburnum Trend MVT district, Missouri, U.S.A.: Products of multiple sulfur sources and metal-specific fluids. Ore Geology Reviews 118: 103358. <link>

  • 60. Selly, T.*, Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Jacquet, S.M., Smith, E.F., Nelson, L.L., Andreasen, B.D., Huntley, J.W., Strange, M.A., O’Neil, G.R., Thater, C.A., Bykova, N., Steiner, M., Yang, B., and Cai, Y. A new cloudinid fossil assemblage from the terminal Ediacaran of Nevada, USA. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 18: 357–379. <link>

  • 59. Yang, B.*, Steiner, M.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Selly, T., Wu, X., and Liu, P. Ultrastructure of Ediacaran cloudinids suggests diverse taphonomic histories and affinities with non-biomineralized annelids. Scientific Reports 10: 535. <link>

  • 58. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Selly, T.*, Jacquet, S.M., Nelson, L.L., Strange, M.A., Cai, Y., and Smith, E.F. Discovery of bilaterian-type through-guts in cloudinomorphs from the terminal Ediacaran Period. Nature Communications 11: 205. <link>

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  • 57. Lekakh, S.N.*, Zhang, X., Tucker, W., Lee, H.K., Selly, T., and Schiffbauer, J.D. 3D characterization of structure and micro-porosity in two cast irons with spherical graphite. Materials Characterization 158: 109991. <link>

  • 56. Muscente, A.D.*, Martindale, R.C., Schiffbauer, J.D., Creighton, A., and Bogan, B.A. Taphonomy of the Lower Jurassic Konservat-Lagerstätte at Ya Ha Tinda (Alberta, Canada) and its significance for exceptional fossil preservation during oceanic anoxic events. Palaios 34: 515–541. <link>

  • 55. Meng, F.*, Zhang, Z., Schiffbauer, J.D., Zhuo, Q., Zhao, M., Ni, P., Liu, W., Ahsan, N., and Rehman, S. The Yudomski Event and subsequent decline: New evidence from δ34S data of lower and middle Cambrian evaporites in the Tarim Basin, western China. Carbonates and Evaporites 34: 1117–1129. <link>

  • 54. Muscente, A.D.*, Bykova, N., Boag, T.H., Buatois, L.A., Mángano, M.G., Eleish, A., Prabhu, A., Pan, F., Meyer, M.B., Schiffbauer, J.D., Fox, P., Hazen, R.M., and Knoll, A.H. Ediacaran biozones identified with network analysis provide evidence for pulsed extinctions of early complex life. Nature Communications 10:911. <link>

  • 53. Nordén, K.K.*, Faber, J.W., Babarović, F., Stubbs, T.L., Selly, T., Schiffbauer, J.D., Peharec Štefanić, P., Mayr, G., Smithwick, F.M., and Vinther, J. Melanosome diversity and convergence in the evolution of iridescent avian feathers–implications for palaeocolor reconstruction. Evolution 73: 15–27. <link>

  • 52. MacGabhann, B.A.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Hagadorn, J.W., Van Roy, P., Lynch, E.P., Morrison, L., and Murray, J. Resolution of the earliest metazoan record: Differential taphonomy of Ediacaran and Paleozoic fossil molds and casts. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 513: 146–165. <link>


  • 51. Huntley, J.W.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Avila, T.D., and Broce, J.S. Ecophenotypy, temporal and spatial fidelity, functional morphology, and physiological trade-offs among intertidal bivalves. Paleobiology 44: 530–545. <link>

  • 50. Gibson, B.M.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., and Darroch, S.A.F. Ediacaran-style decay experiments using mollusks and sea anemones. Palaios 33: 185–203. <link>

  • 49. Selly, T., Hale, K.E., Schiffbauer, J.D., Clapp, D.A., and Huntley, J.W.* The influence of environmental gradients on molluscan diversity, body size, and predator-prey interactions in a modern carbonate tidal creek setting. American Journal of Science 318: 246–273. <link>

  • 48. Muscente, A.D.*, Boag, T.H., Bykova, N., and Schiffbauer, J.D. Environmental disturbance, resource availability, and biologic turnover at the dawn of animal life. Earth-Science Reviews 177: 248–264. <link>


  • 47. Han, J., Cai, Y.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Hua, H., Wang, X., Yang, X., Uesugi, K., Komiya, T., and Sun, J. A Cloudina-like fossil with evidence of asexual reproduction from the lowest Cambrian, South China. Geological Magazine 154: 1294–1305. <link>

  • 46. Broce, J.S., and Schiffbauer, J.D.* Taphonomic analysis of Cambrian vermiform fossils of Utah and Nevada, and implications for the chemistry of Burgess Shale-type preservation. Palaios 32: 600–619. <link>

  • 45. Yang, X.-G., Han, J.*, Wang, X., Schiffbauer, J.D., Uesugi, K., Sasaki, O., and Komiya, T. Euendoliths versus ambient inclusion trails from early Cambrian Kuanchuanpu Formation, South China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 476: 147–157. <link>

  • 44. Cai, Y.*, Cortijo, I., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Hua, H. Taxonomy of the late Ediacaran index fossil Cloudina and a new similar taxon from South China. Precambrian Research 298: 146–156. <link>

  • 43. Muscente, A.D.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Broce, J., Laflamme, M., O'Donnell, K., Boag, T.H., Meyer, M., Hawkins, A.D., Huntley, J.W., McNamara, M., MacKenzie, L.A., Stanley Jr., G.D., Hinman, N.W., Hofmann, M.H., and Xiao, S. Exceptionally preserved fossil assemblages through geologic time and space. Gondwana Research 48: 164–188. <link>

  • 42. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Huntley, J.W., Fike, D.A., Jeffrey, M.J., Gregg, J.M., and Shelton, K.L. Decoupling biogeochemical records, extinction, and environmental change during the Cambrian SPICE event. Science Advances 3: e1602158. <link>


  • 41. Cotroneo, S., Schiffbauer, J.D., McCoy, V. E., Wortmann, U.G., Darroch, S.A.F., Peng, Y., and Laflamme, M.* A new model of the formation of Pennsylvanian iron carbonate concretions hosting exceptional soft-bodied fossils in Mazon Creek, Illinois. Geobiology 14: 543–555. [Cover article] <link>

  • 40. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Huntley, J.W., O’Neil, G.R., Darroch, S.A.F., Laflamme, M., and Cai, Y. The latest Ediacaran wormworld fauna: Setting the ecological stage for the Cambrian explosion. GSA Today 26: 4–11. [Cover article] <link>

  • 39. Cui, H.*, Kaufman, A.J., Xiao, S., Peek, S., Cao, H., Min, X., Cai, Y., Siegel, Z., Liu, X.-M., Peng, Y., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Martin, A.J. Environmental context for the terminal Ediacaran biomineralization of animals. Geobiology 14: 344–363. <link>

  • 38. Selly, T., Huntley, J.W., Shelton, K.L., and Schiffbauer, J.D.* Ichnofossil record of selective predation by Cambrian trilobites. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 444: 28–38. <link>

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  • 37. Cavender, B.D., Shelton, K.L.*, and Schiffbauer, J.D. An atypical orebody in the Viburnum Trend MVT district, Missouri, USA: Early Cu-(Ni-Co)-Zn-rich ores at the Lamotte Sandstone/Bonneterre Dolomite contact. Economic Geology 111: 259–269. <link>


  • 36. LoDuca, S.T.*, Wu, M., Zhao, Y., Xiao, S., Schiffbauer, J.D., Caron, J.-B, and Babcock, L.E. Reexamination of Yuknessia from the Cambrian of China and first report of Fuxianospira from North America. Journal of Paleontology 89: 899–911. <link>

  • 35. Cortijo, I.*, Cai, Y., Hua, H., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Xiao, S. Life history and autecology of an Ediacaran index fossil: Development and dispersal of Cloudina. Gondwana Research 28: 419–424. <link>

  • 34. LoDuca, S.T.*, Caron, J.-B., Schiffbauer, J.D., Xiao, S., and Kramer, A. A reexamination of Yuknessia from the Cambrian of British Columbia and Utah. Journal of Paleontology 89: 82–95. <link>


  • 33. Xiao, S.*, Muscente, A.D., Chen, L., Zhou, C., Schiffbauer, J.D., Wood, A.D., Polys, N.F., and Yuan, X. The Ediacaran Weng’an biota and the radiation of multicellular eukaryotes. National Science Review 1: 498–520. [Review article] <link>

        • Received Best Paper Award from National Science Review in 2016

  • 32. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Xiao, S., Cai, Y., Wallace, A.F., Hua, H., Hunter, J.L., Xu, H., Peng, Y., and Kaufman, A.J. A unifying model for Neoproterozoic–Paleozoic exceptional fossil preservation through pyritization and carbonaceous compression. Nature Communications 5: 5754. <link>

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  • 31. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Wallace, A.F., Broce, J., and Xiao, S. Exceptional fossil conservation through phosphatization. The Paleontological Society Papers 20: 59–82. [Special collections chapter] <link>

  • 30. Esposito, R.*, Hunter, J.L., Schiffbauer, J.D., Shimizu, N., and Bodnar, R.J. An assessment of the reliability of melt inclusions as recorders of the pre-eruptive volatile content of magmas. American Mineralogist 99: 976–998. <link>

        • Highlighted as an Mineralogical Society of America Notable Paper

  • 29. Broce, J., Schiffbauer, J.D., Sen Sharma, K., Wang, G., and Xiao, S.* Possible animal embryos from the Lower Cambrian (Stage 3) Shuijingtuo Formation, Hubei Province, South China. Journal of Paleontology 88: 385–394. <link>

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  • 28. Meyer, M.* , Elliot, D., Schiffbauer, J.D., Hall, M., Hoffman, K.H., Schneider, G., Vickers-Rich, P., and Xiao, S. Taphonomy of the Ediacaran fossil Pteridinium simplex preserved three-dimensionally in mass flow deposits, Nama Group, Namibia. Journal of Paleontology 88: 240–252. <link>

  • 27. Cai, Y.*, Hua, H., Schiffbauer, J.D., Sun, B, and Yuan, X. Tube growth patterns and microbial mat-related lifestyles in the Ediacaran fossil Cloudina, Gaojiashan Lagerstätte, South China. Gondwana Research 25: 1008–1018. <link>

  • 26. Meyer, M.*, Xiao, S., Gill, B.C., Schiffbauer, J.D., Chen, Z., Zhou, C., and Yuan, X. Interactions between Ediacaran animals and microbial mats: Insights from Lamonte trevallis, a new trace fossil from the Dengying Formation of South China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 396: 62–74. <link>


  • 25. Vitek, N., Vinther, J.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Briggs, D.E.G., and Prum, R. Exceptional three-dimensional preservation and coloration of an originally iridescent fossil feather from the Middle Eocene Messel Oil Shale. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 87: 493–503. <link>

  • 24. Pang, K., Tang, Q., Schiffbauer, J.D., Yao, J., Yuan, X., Wan, B., Chen, L., Ou, Z., and Xiao, S.* The nature and origin of nucleus-like intracellular inclusions in Paleoproterozoic eukaryote microfossils. Geobiology 11: 499–510. <link>

  • 23. Laha, B.*, Bowman, D., and Schiffbauer, J.D. Validation of the MR simulation approach for evaluating the effects of immersion on visual analysis of volume data. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 19: 529–538. <link>

  • 22. Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Meyer, M., Xiang, K., Schiffbauer, J.D., Yuan, X., and Xiao, S*. Trace fossil evidence for Ediacaran bilaterian animals with complex behaviors. Precambrian Research 224: 690–701. <link>


  • 21. Tyler, C.L.*, and Schiffbauer, J.D. The fidelity of microstructural drilling predation traces to gastropod radula morphology: Paleoecological applications. Palaios 27: 658–666. <link>

  • 20. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Wallace, A.F., Hunter, J.L., Kowalewski, M., Bodnar, R.J., and Xiao, S. Thermally-induced structural and chemical alteration of organic-walled microfossils: An experimental approach to understanding fossil preservation in metasediments. Geobiology 10: 402–423. <link>

  • 19. Darroch, S.A.F., Laflamme, M.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., and Briggs, D.E.G. Experimental formation of a microbial death mask. Palaios 27: 293–303. <link>

  • 18. Meyer, M., Schiffbauer, J.D., Xiao, S.*, Cai, Y., and Hua, H. Taphonomy of the late Ediacaran enigmatic ribbon-like fossil Shaanxilithes. Palaios 27: 354–372. <link>

  • 17. Cai, Y., Schiffbauer, J.D., Hua, H.*, and Xiao, S.* Preservational modes in the Ediacaran Gaojiashan Lagerstätte: Pyritization, aluminosilicification, and carbonaceous compression. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 326–328: 109–117. <link>

  • 16. Zabini, C., Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Xiao, S., and Kowalewski, M. Biomineralization, taphonomy, and diagenesis of Paleozoic lingulid brachiopod shells preserved in silicified mudstone concretions. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 326–328: 118–127. <link>

  • 15. Laha, B.*, Sen Sharma, K., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Bowman, D. Effects of immersion on visual analysis of volume data. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 18: 597–606. <link>

  • 14. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Xiao, S., Sen Sharma, K., and Wang, G. The origin of intracellular structures in Ediacaran metazoan embryos. Geology 40: 223–226. [Cover article] <link>

  • 13. Laflamme, M.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., and Narbonne, G.M. Deep-water microbially induced sedimentary structures (MISS) in deep time: The Ediacaran fossil Ivesheadia. In Noffke, N. and Chafetz, H. (eds.). Microbial mats in siliciclastic depositional systems through time. SEPM Special Publications 101: 111–123. [Special collections chapter] <link>


  • 12. Cai, Y., Schiffbauer, J.D., Hua, H., and Xiao, S*. Morphology and paleoecology of the late Ediacaran tubular fossil Conotubus hemiannulatus from the Gaojiashan Lagerstätte of southern Shaanxi Province, South China. Precambrian Research 191: 46–57. <link>

  • 11. Anderson, E.P., Schiffbauer, J.D.*, and Xiao, S*. Taphonomic study of organic-walled microfossils confirms the importance of clay minerals and pyrite in Burgess Shale-type preservation. Geology 39: 643–646. <link>

  • 10. Laflamme, M.*, Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Briggs, D.E.G., and Narbonne, G.M. Microbial biofilms and the preservation of the Ediacara biota. Lethaia 44: 203–213. <link>

  • 9. Meng, F., Ni, P.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Yuan, X., and Zhou, C. Ediacaran seawater temperature: Evidence from fluid inclusions in Sinian halite. Precambrian Research 184: 63–69. <link>

  • 8. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, and Xiao, S. Paleobiological applications of focused ion beam electron microscopy (FIB-EM): An ultrastructural approach to the (micro)fossil record. In Laflamme, M., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Dornbos, S.Q. (eds.). Quantifying the Evolution of Early Life: Numerical approaches to the evaluation of fossils and ancient ecosystems; Series: Topics in Geobiology [Springer], v. 36, ch. 13, pgs. 321–354. [Book chapter] <link>


  • 7. Xiao, S.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., McFadden, K.A., and Hunter, J.L. Petrographic and SIMS pyrite sulfur isotope analyses of Ediacaran chert nodules: Implications for microbial processes in pyrite rim formation, silicification, and exceptional fossil preservation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 297: 481–495. <link>

  • 6. Cai, Y., Hua, H., Xiao, S.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., and Li, P. Biostratinomy of the late Ediacaran pyritized Gaojiashan Lagerstätte from southern Shaanxi, South China: Importance of event deposits. Palaios 25: 487–506. [Cover article] <link>


  • 5. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, and Xiao, S. Novel application of focused ion beam electron microscopy (FIB-EM) in preparation and analysis of microfossil ultrastructures: A new view of complexity in early eukaryotic organisms. Palaios 24: 616–626. <link>

  • 4. Xiao, S.*, and Schiffbauer, J.D. Fossil preservation through phosphatization and its astrobiological implications. In Seckbach, J., and Walsh, M. (eds.). From Fossils to Astrobiology; Series: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology [Springer], v. 12, ch. 5, pgs. 89–118. [Book chapter] <link>


  • 3. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Yanes, Y., Tyler, C.L., Kowalewski, M., and Leighton, L.R. The microstructural record of predation: A new approach for identifying predatory drill holes. Palaios 23: 810–820. <link>

  • 2. Ji, L.*, Meng, F., Schiffbauer, J.D., Xu, J., Yan, K., and Shu, J. Correlation between highly abundant oil-prone leiosphaerid acritarchs and hydrocarbon source rocks from the Triassic Yanchang Formation, eastern Gansu Province, Northwestern China. Gondwana Research 14(3): 554–560. <link>


  • 1. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Yin, L., Bodnar, R.J., Kaufman, A.J., Meng, F., Hu, J., Shen, B., Yuan, X., Bao, H., and Xiao, S. Ultrastructural and geochemical characterization of Archean–Paleoproterozoic graphite particles: Implications for recognizing traces of life in highly metamorphosed rocks. Astrobiology 7(4): 684–704. <link>

Field Guides, Highlights, Comments/Replies, & Non Peer-Reviewed Contributions

  • 12. Cui, H.*, Kaufman, A.J., Xiao, S., Grazhdankin, D.V., Peek, S., Martin, A.J., Bykova, N., Rogov, V.I., Liu, X.-M., Zhang, F., Romaniello, S.J., Anbar, A.D., Peng, Y., Cai, Y., Schiffbauer, J.D., Meyer, M., Gilleaudeau, G., Plummer, R.E., Sievers, N.E., Goderis, S., and Claeys, P. (2019) Recent advances in understanding the terminal Ediacaran Earth-life system in South China and Artic Siberia. Estudios Geológicos 75:e097. [Extended abstract] <link>

  • 11. Smith, E.F., and Nelson, L.L. With contributions from Darroch, S.A.F., Hodgin, E.B., Husson, J., Mehra, A.K., Rodewald, B., Schiffbauer, J.D., Selly, T., Strange, M., and Tarhan, L.G. (2018) Ediacaran–Cambrian Stratigraphy of the Great Basin, Southwest USA: Mt. Dunfee, Montgomery Hills, Nopah Range, and Kingston Range. Subcommission on Ediacaran Stratigraphy, International Commission on Stratigraphy. [Field Guide]

  • 10. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, Bykova, N., and Muscente, A.D. (2017) Fossils, proxies, and models: Geobiology at critical transitions in the Proterozoic–Paleozoic. Geobiology 15: 467–468. [Special issue introduction] <link>

  • 9. Huntley, J.W.*, Selly, T., Shelton, K.L., and Schiffbauer, J.D. (2017) Trilobite Predation. AccessScience. [Invited contribution for McGraw Hill Education]. <link>

  • 8. Schiffbauer, J.D.* (2016) The age of tubes: A window into biological transition at the Precambrian–Cambrian boundary. Geology 44: 975–976. [Focus article] <link>

  • 7. Wallace, A.F.*, and Schiffbauer, J.D. (2016)Proteins from the past. eLife 5:e20877. [Insight article] <link>

  • 6. Laflamme, M.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., and Darroch, S.A.F. (2014) Reading and writing of the fossil record: Preservational pathways to exceptional fossilization. The Paleontological Society Papers 20: x–xi. [Special collections introduction] <link>

  • 5. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, and Xiao, S. (2014) An examination of life history and behavioral evolution across the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition. Journal of Paleontology 88: 205–206. [Special issue introduction] <link>

  • 4. Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Meyer, M., Xiang, K., Schiffbauer, J.D., Yuan, X., and Xiao, S*. (2013) Reply to Comment on “Trace fossil evidence for Ediacaran bilaterian animals with complex behaviors”. Precambrian Research 231: 386–387. [Reply] <link>

  • 3. Xiao, S.*, Knoll, A.H., Schiffbauer, J.D., Zhou, C., and Yuan, X. (2012) Comment on “Fossilized nuclei and germination structures identify Ediacaran ‘animal embryos’ as encysting protists”. Science 335: 1169. [Comment] <link>

  • 2. Schiffbauer, J.D.*, and Laflamme, M. (2012) Lagerstätten through time: A collection of exceptional preservational pathways from the terminal Proterozoic through today. Palaios 27: 275–278. [Special issue introduction] <link>

  • 1. Laflamme, M.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., and Dornbos, S.Q. (2011) Quantifying the evolution of early life: Preface. In Laflamme, M., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Dornbos, S.Q. (eds.). Quantifying the Evolution of Early Life: Numerical approaches to the evaluation of fossils and ancient ecosystems. Series: Topics in Geobiology [Springer], v. 36, pgs. xi–xiv. [Book introduction] <link>

Edited Books & Special Issues

  • 5. Schiffbauer, J.D., Bykova, N., and Muscente, A.D. (2017) Fossils, proxies, and models: Geobiology at critical transitions in the Proterozoic–Paleozoic. Geobiology v. 15. <link>

  • 4. Laflamme, M., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Darroch, S.A.F. (2014) Reading and writing of the fossil record: Preservational pathways to exceptional fossilization. The Paleontological Society Papers v. 20. <link>

  • 3. Schiffbauer, J.D., and Xiao, S. (2014) An examination of life history and behavioral evolution across the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition. Journal of Paleontology v. 88. <link>

  • 2. Schiffbauer, J.D., and Laflamme, M. (2012) Lagerstätten through time: A collection of exceptional preservational pathways from the terminal Proterozoic through today. Palaios v. 27. <link>

  • 1. Laflamme, M., Schiffbauer, J.D., and Dornbos, S.Q. (2011) Quantifying the Evolution of Early Life: Numerical approaches to the evaluation of fossils and ancient ecosystems; Series: Topics in Geobiology [Springer]. <link>

        • Reviewed by Donoghue, P.C.J. (2012) Geological Magazine 149, 557–558 <link>


  • 2009 PhD – Geosciences, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • 2004 Dual MS – Marine Biology and Coastal Ecosystem Management, Oceanographic Center, Nova Southeastern University

  • 2000 BA (Honors) – Biology, Department of Biology and Honors College, West Virginia University

Employment History

  • 2018–present Associate Professor, University of Missouri Department of Geological Sciences

  • 2017–2021 Director, University of Missouri X-ray Microanalysis Core Facility

  • 2012–2018 Assistant Professor, University of Missouri Department of Geological Sciences

  • 2011–present Adjunct Professor, Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences

  • 2011–2012 Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science

  • 2009–2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences


  • National Science Foundation, Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF CAREER# 1652351). CAREER: Investigating controls of exceptional fossil preservation (or: How I learned to stop worrying and love decay); $599,307; 2017–2022

  • National Geographic, Research and Exploration Program (NGS# 9968-16). The rise of animals and first mass extinction of complex life, Co-PI with PI S.A.F. Darroch (Vanderbilt Univ.) and additional Co-PIs E.F. Smith (Johns Hopkins Univ.), M. Laflamme (Univ. of Toronto, Mississauga), and H. Mocke (Geological Survey of Namibia); $20,960; 2017

  • National Science Foundation, EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (NSF# 1636643). Early Career: Acquisition of a Tri-X-Ray Spectrometer Scanning Electron Microscope (3XS SEM) for Enhancement of Research and Education across the Geosciences; $867,223; 2016–2019

  • American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Program (PRF# 53833-DNI8). Organic Carbon Preservation in Deep-Time: Exceptional Glimpses from Exceptionally-Preserved Fossils and Laboratory-Based Decay Experimentation; $100,000; 2013–2016

  • Mizzou Advantage, Development of an x-ray microanalysis core facility at the University of Missouri for visualization of complex materials; $100,000; 2016

  • University of Missouri Research Council Summer Research Fellowship, Investigating tempo and mode of Cambrian fossil preservation: Actualistic glimpses from experimentally-made fossils; $7,000; 2014

  • University of Missouri System Research Board Special Opportunities Program, A first step in building the University of Missouri NanoGeoLab; $60,000; 2013

  • University of Missouri Research Council Large Grant, Isolating environmental influences on the quality and expression of soft-tissue fossil preservation at the dawn of animal life; $7,500; 2013


  • 2018 – University of Missouri System President’s Award for Early Career Excellence

  • 2018 – Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division Pre-tenure Award, Geological Society of America

  • 2016 – University of Missouri Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

  • 2016 – Geology Exceptional Reviewer (Geological Society of America), for consistently prompt, insightful, meticulous, and tactful reviews

sERVICE TO THE Profession

Editorial Boards

  • Geology (GSA Publications), 2017–2020

  • Geobiology (Wiley), 2017–present

  • Facies (Springer publications), 2011–present

International Commission on Stratigraphy, Subcommission on Ediacaran Stratigraphy

  • Vice-Chair, 2020–present

  • Upper Series Working Group Chair, 2018–present

  • Elected voting member, 2016–present

  • Terminal Ediacaran Stage working group (Voting member), 2015–present

  • Second Ediacaran Stage working group (Corresponding member), 2015–present

  • Corresponding member, 2005–2015

Geological Society of America Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division

  • Past Chair, 2014–2016

  • Chair, 2012–2014

  • Vice Chair, 2010–2012

  • Secretary, 2008–2010

Paleontological Society

  • Review panel, Student Grant Program, 2013–2015

Geochemical Society

  • Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Liaison, Program Committee, 2016–2019