Robert A. Gastaldo

Faculty Emeritus (Retired)

Box 5807

Phone: 207-859-5807
Fax: 207-859-5868
Mailing Address:
5807 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8858
Gastaldo, Robert A.

Education


B.A. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325, 5/72
M.S. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901, 5/75
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 6290l, 8/78

Areas of Expertise

  • Evolution of terrestrial plants and peat-forming environments
  • Paleoecology and taphonomy
  • Extinctions & recovery
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Deep Time climate proxies

Coursework

A description of Professor Gastaldo's Pedagogy and Courses is available at the link provided above.

Professional Information


Fulbright Fellowship, Sub-Saharan Africa, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa 2013
Paleontological Society Fellow 2008-present
Distinguished Service Award, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) 2008
PALAIOS 2004 Best Paper Award - Honorable Mention
Councilor-at-Large, Paleontological Society, 2002-2004
College of Science & Mathematics Research Award, Auburn University (Physical Sciences) 1997-1998
Smithsonian Institution Short-Term Visitor 1997
NSF EAR Geology & Paleontology Panel Member 1997-2000
Member, SEPM Council 1996-2002
Distinguished Lecturer, GSA Coal Geology Division 1996-1998
Fellow, Geological Society of America 1994-present
Distinguished Lecturer, Paleontological Society 1994-1995; 1995-1996
Adjunct Professor of Geology, University of Pennsylvanian, Department of Geology 1992-present
Senior U.S. Research Award, Forschungspreistr�ger, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn 1991-1992; 2012.
Chairman, Coal Division, Geological Society of America 1991-1992; Chairman-elect 1990-1991
Alumni Professorship, Auburn University 1990-1991; 1992-1996
Visiting Curator, Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago 1986-1987 (NSF BSR 8702337 curatorial grant)
Research Collaborator, Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institution (renewed 1998-present)
President, Southeastern Section Paleontological Society 1986-87; President-elect 1985-86
Fulbright Fellowship, Netherlands American Commission for Educational Exchange, Laboratory of Paleobotany and Palynology, Utrecht, The Netherlands 1982
Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society
Member Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society of North America

Current Research

Publications

Professor Gastaldo
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 2015-2020 (bold & italics indicates undergraduate co-author):
A complete list of scholarly works and available reprints are available at the link provided above.

Gastaldo, R.A., Kamo, S.L., Neveling, J., Geissman, J., Looy, C.V., and Martini, A.M., 2020, The base of the Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zone, Karoo Basin, predates the end-Permian marine extinction: Nature Communications, v. 11, no. 1428 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15243-7 or https://rdcu.be/b26a0
Gastaldo, R.A., Kus, K., Neveling, J., and Tabor, N., 2020, Calcic paleoVertisols in the upper Daptocephalus Assemblage Zone, Balfour Formation, Karoo Basin, South Africa: Implications for Late Permian Climate: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 90, p. 609-628. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2020.32


Gastaldo, R.A., and Neveling, J., 2020, Comment on “Permian—Triassic vertebrate footprints from South Africa: Ichnotaxonomy, producers and biostratigraphy through two major faunal crises” by Marchetti, L., Klein, H., Buchwitz, M., Ronchi, A., Smith, R.M.H., DeKlerk, W.J., Sciscio, L., and Groenewald, G.H. (2019): Gondwana Research v. 78, p. 375-378. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2019.08.003


Martinetto, E. Tschopp, E., and Gastaldo, R.A., 2020, editors., Nature Through Time: Springer Nature Switzerland, Cham, Switzerland, 474 p. ISBN 978-3-030-35057-4.


Martinetto, E. Tschopp, E., and Gastaldo, R.A., 2020, Preface, in Martinetto, E. Tschopp, E., and Gastaldo, R.A., eds., Nature Through Time: Springer Nature Switzerland, Cham, Switzerland, p. ix-xv. ISBN 978-3-030-35057-4.


Gastaldo, R.A., Bamford, M., Calder, J., DiMichele, W.A., Ianuzzi, R., Jasper, A., Kerp, H., McLoughlin, S., Opluštil, S., Pfefferkorn, H.W., Roessler, R., and Wang, J., 2020, The non-analog vegetation of the Late Paleozoic icehouse–hothouse and their coal-forming forested environments: in Martinetto, E. Tschopp, E., and Gastaldo, R.A., eds., Nature Through Time: Springer Nature Switzerland, Cham, Switzerland, p. 291-316. ISBN 978-3-030-35057-4.


Gastaldo, R.A., Bamford, M., Calder, J., DiMichele, W.A., Ianuzzi, R., Jasper, A., Kerp, H., McLoughlin, S., Opluštil, S., Pfefferkorn, H.W., Roessler, R., and Wang, J., 2020, The Coal Farms of the Late Paleozoic: in Martinetto, E. Tschopp, E., and Gastaldo, R.A., eds., Nature Through Time: Springer Nature Switzerland, Cham, Switzerland, p. 317-343 . ISBN 978-3-030-35057-4.


Gensel, P., Glasspool, I., Gastaldo, R.A., Libertin, M., and Kvacke, J., 2020, Back to the beginnings: The Silurian-Devonian as a time of major innovation in plants and their communities: in Martinetto, E. Tschopp, E., and Gastaldo, R.A., eds., Nature Through Time: Springer Nature Switzerland, Cham, Switzerland, p. 367-398. ISBN 978-3-030-35057-4.


Gastaldo, R.A., Neveling, J., Geissman, J.W., and Looy, C.V., 2019, Testing the Daptocephalus and Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zones in a Lithostratographic, Magnetostratigraphic, and Palynological Framework in the Free State, South Africa: PALAIOS, v. 34, p. 542-561. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/palo.2019.019


Gastaldo, R.A., 2019, News & Views: Plants escaped an ancient mass extinction: Nature Communications v. 567, n 7746, . 38-39.


Gastaldo, R.A., Neveling, J., Geissman, J.W., and Li., J.W., 2019, A Multidisciplinary Approach to Review the Vertical and Lateral Facies Relationships of the Purported Vertebrate-defined Terrestrial Boundary Interval at Bethulie, Karoo Basin, South Africa: Earth Science Reviews, v. 189. p. 220-243: doi 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.08.002


Gastaldo, R.A., Neveling, J., Geissman, J.W., and Kamo, S.L., 2018, A Lithostratigraphic and Magnetostratigraphic Framework in a Geochronologic Context for a Purported Permian–Triassic Boundary Section at Old (West) Lootsberg Pass, Karoo Basin, South Africa: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 130, p. 1411-1438. https:// doi .org /10 .1130 /B31881 .1


fefferkorn, H.W., Gastaldo, R.A., and DiMichele, W.A., 2017, Impact of an icehouse climate interval on tropical vegetation and plant evolution: Stratigraphy, v. 14, p. 365-376.


Gastaldo, R.A., Neveling, J., Looy, C.V., Bamford, M.K., Kamo, S.L., and Geissman, J.W., 2017, Paleontology of the Blaauwater 67 Farm, South Africa: Testing the Daptocephalus/Lystrosaurus Biozone Boundary in a Stratigraphic Framework: PALAIOS, v. 34, p. 349-366. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/palo.2016.106


Li, J., Gastaldo, R.A., Neveling, J., and Geissman, J.W., 2017, Siltstones Across the Daptocephalus (Dicynodon) and Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zones, Karoo Basin, South Africa, Show No Evidence for Aridification: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 87, p. 653-671. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2017.35


Neveling, J., Gastaldo, R.A., Kamo, S.L., Geissman, J.W., Looy, C.V., and Bamford, M.K., 2016, A Review of Stratigraphic, Geochemical, and Paleontologic Correlations Data of the Terrestrial end-Permian record in the Karoo Basin, South Africa: in Linol, B., and de Wit, M., eds., Origin and Evolution of the Cape Mountains and Karoo Basin: Regional Geology Reviews, Springer Publishing, Chapter 15, p. 151-157. DOI 10.1007/978-63-319-40859-1_15


Neveling, J., Gastaldo, R.A., and Geissman, J.W., 2016, The Permo–Triassic Boundary in the Karoo Basin: 35th International Geological Congress Pre-Meeting Field Trip Guide P-3, Council for Geoscience, Pretoria, South Africa, 102 p.DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.22414.15683; ISBN 978-0-9947087-3-1


Gastaldo, R.A., 2016, New Paleontological Insights into the Emsian–Eifelian Trout Valley Formation, Baxter State Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area, Aroostock County, Maine: PALAIOS, v. 31, p. 339-346. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/palo.2016.035


Gastaldo, R.A., and Neveling, J., 2016, Comment on “Anatomy of a mass extinction: Sedimentological and taphonomic evidence for drought-induced die-offs at the Permo-Triassic boundary in the main Karoo Basin, South Africa” by R.M.H. Smith and J. Botha-Brink, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 396:99-118.: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. doi 10.1016 /j.palaeo.2014.06.027


Gastaldo, R.A., Kamo, S.L., Neveling, J., Geissman, J.W., Bamford, M., and Looy, C., 2015, Is the vertebrate-defined Permian–Triassic Boundary in the Karoo Basin, South Africa, the terrestrial expression of the End Permian marine event?: GEOLOGY, v. 43, p. 939-942. (Open Access Article)doi: 10.1130/G37040.1


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