University of California, Riverside

Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Mary L. Droser

Mary L. Droser


Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1987

Specialty: Paleobiology

Phone: (951) 827-3797
Office: Geology 1464

Research Interests:

Evolutionary paleoecology, Paleoecology of the Precambrian-Cambrian and Ordovician radiations, Phanerozoic trends in ecospace utilization, Cambrian and Ordovician of the Great Basin.

Recent Projects:

Paleoecology of the Ediacara biota (South Australia), development of Neoproterozoic-Cambrian bioturbation and the prevalence of Cambrian firmgrounds, paleoecology of the Ordovician radiations, comparison of taxonomic and paleoecologic signatures of major diversification and extinction events, end Devonian mass extinction, paleoecology of low Oxygen environments.

Droser, Mary L., and James G. Gehling. "The advent of animals: the view from the Ediacaran." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015): 201403669.

Droser, Mary L., et al. "Piecing together the puzzle of the Ediacara Biota: excavation and reconstruction at the Ediacara National Heritage site Nilpena (South Australia)." Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology 513 (2019): 132-145.

Evans, S. D., P. W. Dzaugis, M. L. Droser, and J. G. Gehling. "You can get anything you want from Alice's Restaurant Bed: exceptional preservation and an unusual fossil assemblage from a newly excavated bed (Ediacara Member, Nilpena, South Australia)." Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (2018): 1-11.

Dzaugis, P. W., S. D. Evans, M. L. Droser, J. G. Gehling, and I. V. Hughes. "Stuck in the mat: Obamus coronatus, a new benthic organism from the Ediacara Member, Rawnsley Quartzite, South Australia." Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (2018): 1-7.

Haddad, E. E., Boyer, D. L., Droser, M. L., Lee, B. K., Lyons, T. W., & Love, G. D. (2018). Ichnofabrics and chemostratigraphy argue against persistent anoxia during the Upper Kellwasser Event in New York State. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology490, 178-190.

Droser, M. L., Tarhan, L. G., & Gehling, J. G. (2017). The rise of animals in a changing environment: global ecological innovation in the late Ediacaran. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences45, 593-617.

Tarhan, L. G., Droser, M. L., Cole, D. B., & Gehling, J. G. (2018). Ecological Expansion and Extinction in the Late Ediacaran: Weighing the Evidence for Environmental and Biotic Drivers. Integrative and comparative biology.

Laflamme, M., Gehling, J. G., & Droser, M. L. (2018). Deconstructing an Ediacaran frond: three-dimensional preservation of Arborea from Ediacara, South Australia. Journal of Paleontology92(3), 323-335.

Gehling, J. G., & Droser, M. L. (2018). Ediacaran scavenging as a prelude to predation. Emerging Topics in Life Sciences2(2), 213-222.

Tarhan, L. G., Hood, A. V., Droser, M. L., Gehling, J. G., & Briggs, D. E. (2016). Exceptional preservation of soft-bodied Ediacara Biota promoted by silica-rich oceans. Geology44(11), 951-954.

Evans, S. D., Droser, M. L., & Gehling, J. G. (2017). Highly regulated growth and development of the Ediacara macrofossil Dickinsonia costata. PloS one12(5), e0176874.

Paterson, J. R., Gehling, J. G., Droser, M. L., & Bicknell, R. D. (2017). Rheotaxis in the Ediacaran epibenthic organism Parvancorina from South Australia. Scientific Reports7, 45539.

Droser, M. L., Evans, S. D., Dzaugis, P. W., Hughes, E. B., & Gehling, J. G. (2018). Attenborites janeae: a new enigmatic organism from the Ediacara Member (Rawnsley Quartzite), South Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 1-7.

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