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Amy Singer
singerGeosciences Department
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive #1296
Missoula, Montana 59812-1296

Amy Singer received her MS in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago for her work on the paleobiomechanics of Ediacaran fronds. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Montana working on the paleoecology of the macroinvertebrates of the Bear Gulch Limestone, a late Mississippian Konservat-Lagerstätten. Her research interests continue to focus on the relationships between invertebrates and their environment at different scales.



Roy Plotnick (correspondence author)
plotnickDepartment of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
845 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Roy Plotnick is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has been for the more than twenty-five years since he received his doctorate at the University of Chicago. The inertia of his affiliation is in total contrast to the unpredictability of his scientific interests, which can be best be characterized as eclectic (some may some unfocused!). He has published on eurypterids, arthropod taphonomy, functional morphology, the nature of wastebasket taxa, disparity, quantitative stratigraphy, trace fossils, and the applications of fractal and related methods in paleontology, stratigraphy, and landscape ecology. He is currently working on a remarkable Pennsylvanian paleokarst and cave fill, which includes extraordinarily preserved plants and scorpions. Roy has been associated with both PBDB and CHRONOS and hserved as Treasurer of the Paleontological Society. Other interests include amateur astronomy, toy trains, and The Little Engine that Could.


Marc Laflamme
la flammeDepartment of Paleobiology
Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012, MRC 121,
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Marc Laflamme received his PhD at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech, Yale University, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. His research interests lie in the classification and preservation of the Ediacara biota, and in using decay-based experiments to study taphonomic pathways responsible for the preservation of soft-tissue in the fossil record.