Curriculum Vitae

POSITIONS HELD
08/13present: Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

08/1
1–05/13: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Environmental Health, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri.

08/12–05/13: Cadaver Lab Coordinator, Department of Biology and Environmental Health, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri. Duties include dissection, integration of cadaver lab into department curriculum, and supervising student participation in dissection.

06/11
present: Affiliate Research Associate, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Oklahoma.

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. (May, 2011)
        Dissertation title: The evolution of early tribosphenic mammals.

M.S. Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. (May, 2004)
        Thesis title: The interrelationships of “pediomyid” marsupials (Late Cretaceous, North America): a systematic revision of
        the Family “Pediomyidae”.

B.S. Biology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. (May, 2002)
        Minor, Geology.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
I am interested in the evolution, systematics, and paleoecology of Mesozoic mammals. In particular, my current research focuses on the evolution of tribosphenic molar morphology and the interrelationships of Jurassic and Early Cretaceous lineages, leading to the rise of modern mammals.  I am interested in the role mammals played in the evolution of terrestrial vertebrate ecosystems through the Jurassic and Early Cretaceous. I have utilized micro-CT data to explore characters such as tooth replacement and the morphology of the postdentary region in early mammals.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Field Work: Exploration for fossil vertebrates plays a major role in my research program; I have an active, externally-funded field project in Middle–Upper Jurassic units in southern Utah, and active localities in the Upper Cretaceous (Santonian) of northern Montana.  I have experience prospecting in and collecting micro- and macrovertebrates from rocks spanning nearly all Cretaceous intervals of the Western Interior of the US, ranging geographically from the Big Bend of Texas to South Dakota and Montana, as well as the Lower Cretaceous Arundel Clay of Maryland.  I have also worked in the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation in Utah, and Paleocene units in Utah and Montana.


Imaging: High-resolution imaging of fossil vertebrates is essential to capturing and analyzing data, to explore morphology obscured by preservation and to test phylogenetic hypotheses.  I have experience in specimen preparation and image capture using scanning electron microscopy, and in processing and analysis of micro-computed tomographic (micro-CT) data.


8/03–05/11: Scanning Electron Microscope Administrator, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History- hereafter SNOMNH (for Department of Vertebrate
Paleontology). Responsibilities included training other technicians as well as assisting visiting researchers in SEM use.

8/03–8/04: Graduate Research Assistantship, (for Division of Vertebrate Paleontology). Included scanning electron microscope use, work on establishing a searchable online database of the fossil vertebrate collection and casting/molding microfossils.

6/03–8/03: Research Assistant, SNOMNH (for Dr. Richard Cifelli). Included field collection of fossils and matrix from the Cloverly, Lakota and Hell Creek formations (Lower Cretaceous of Montana and South Dakota and Upper Cretaceous of Montana, respectively), as well as processing of microvertebrate fossils and matrix.

6/02–8/02: Research Assistant, SNOMNH (for Dr. Richard Cifelli). Included field collection of fossils and matrix from the Lakota and North Horn formations (Lower Cretaceous of South Dakota and Upper Cretaceous of Utah, respectively), as well as processing of microvertebrate fossils and matrix.

6/01–8/01: Undergraduate Research Assistant, SNOMNH (for Dr. Richard Cifelli). Included field collection of fossils and matrix from the Lakota and North Horn formations (Lower Cretaceous of South Dakota and Upper Cretaceous of Utah, respectively), as well as processing and cataloguing of microvertebrate fossils and matrix.

6/00–8/00: Undergraduate Research Assistant, SNOMNH (for Dr. Richard Cifelli). Included field collection of fossils and matrix from the Cloverly and Hell Creek formations (Lower Cretaceous and Upper Cretaceous of Montana, respectively), as well as processing and cataloguing of microvertebrate fossils and matrix.

9/99–12/99: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (for Donna Bilkovic). Included sorting and cataloguing of fish larva and eggs and zooplankton for estuarine health surveys.

9/97–10/98: Student Volunteer, Carnegie Museum of Natural History (for Dr. K. Christopher Beard). Included field collection of fossils and matrix from the Fort Union Formation
(upper Paleocene of Wyoming), as well as processing and sorting of mammal fossils and matrix from the Eocene of China.

10/96–5/97: Student Volunteer, Charleston Museum of Natural History (for Dr. Albert Sanders). Included processing and sorting of mollusk fossils from the Paleocene of South Carolina.

COURSES TAUGHT
Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy: University of Louisville.

Dental Gross and Neuroanatomy
: University of Louisville.

Medical Gross Anatomy
: University of Louisville.

Advanced Human Dissection
: Missouri Southern State University

Human Anatomy and Physiology I
: Missouri Southern State University

Human Anatomy and Physiology II: Missouri Southern State University

Human Anatomy: Missouri Southern State University

Introduction to Human Anatomy: University of Oklahoma (Instructor)

Human Anatomy: University of Oklahoma (Graduate Teaching Associate, Lab Coordinator)

OTHER TEACHING/OUTREACH EXPERIENCE

Graduate Student Committees:

        Amir Sheth (M.S., summer 2014): Examination and analysis of the craniodental anatomy of the Late Cretaceous

        multituberculate Mangasbaatar. (Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville).


        Courtney Rinehart (non-thesis M.S., exp. spring 2016): Dental variation in a sample of pediomyid marsupials from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada. (Dept. of Biology, University of Louisville).

 

Honors Students Supervised:

        Spring 2013—Dalton Brothers, enhancement of BIO 498 Advanced Human Dissection: case study of manifestation of

        multiple sclerosis in a male cadaveric specimen (Missouri Southern State University).

       

        Spring 2013—Casey Carr, Tropical Bird Ecology of Costa Rica (Missouri Southern State University).


Summers 2007–2013: Mentor, ExplorOlogy Summer Science Institute and Math-Science Partnership  (University of Oklahoma), leading K–12 science and math teachers through the research process.

Summer 2009: ExplorOlogy Paleo Expedition  (University of Oklahoma); assisted in providing field paleontology experience for high school students in the Kaiparowits Plateau of Utah, including primitive camping, map skills, and fossil collecting.

09/10–04/11: Trainer, Responsible Conduct of Research/Professional Ethics Training Program (University of Oklahoma).

1/01–5/01: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Paleontology (College of William and Mary).

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2012–2013: Departmental Field/Conservation Biology Committee (Missouri Southern State University)

2012–2013: Missouri Southern Regional Science Fair Committee (Missouri Southern State University)

2012–2013: Scientific Review Committee (SRC) (Missouri Southern State University)

2012–2013: Departmental Research Committee (Missouri Southern State University)

2012–2013: Departmental Technology Committee (Missouri Southern State University)

2011–2013: Biology Club Faculty Sponsor (Missouri Southern State University)

4/07–12/11: Associate Editor, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. Duties include primary editorial work on submitted manuscripts dealing with fossil vertebrates.

8/03–5/04: Graduate Selections Committee- Graduate Student Representative (University of Oklahoma). Included evaluation of new graduate student applications to the Department of Zoology.

Invited Lectures

Fall 2013: Departmental seminar, “Furry forebearers: mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs.” (Dept. of Biology, University of Louisville).


Served as peer referee for manuscripts submitted to:

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

PLOS ONE

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Journal of Mammalian Evolution

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

PeerJ

GRANTS AND AWARDS
2013: National Geographic Society Waitt Grant- "In quest of Middle Jurassic vertebrates from North America: improving our understanding of terrestrial ecosystems during the Age of Dinosaurs." Grant #W266-13, $8010


Nominated, Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (2011, short list)

Summer 2010: M. Blanche Adams and M. Frances Adams Memorial Scholarship- $2500 (University of Oklahoma)

March 2010: Robberson Research Grant- $1000 (University of Oklahoma)

April 2009: University of Oklahoma Provost’s GTA Teaching Award- $1000

April 2008: Stephen J. Gould Graduate Research Grant- $1250 (Geological Society of America)

Spring 2008: College of Arts and Sciences Student Travel Grant- $500 (University of Oklahoma)

Summer 2005: M. Blanche Adams and M. Frances Adams Memorial Scholarship- $1000 (University of Oklahoma)

Summer 2003: M. Blanche Adams and M. Frances Adams Memorial Scholarship- $2500 (University of Oklahoma)

PUBLICATIONS

Davis, B. M. and Cifelli, R. L. In prep. First fossil mammals from the Upper Cretaceous Eagle Formation (Santonian, northern Montana).

 

Cifelli, R. L. and Davis, B. M. 2015. Tribosphenic mammals from the Lower Cretaceous Cloverly Formation of Montana and Wyoming. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2014.920848. (PDF)


Rougier, G. W., Davis, B. M., and Novacek, M. J. 2015. A deltatheroidan mammal from the Upper Cretaceous Baynshiree Formation, eastern Mongolia. Cretaceous Research 52: 167-177.(PDF)


Rougier, G. W., Sheth, A. S., Carpenter, K., Appella-Guiscafre, L., and Davis, B. M. 2014. A new species of Docodon (Mammaliaformes: Docodonta) from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation and a reassessment of selected craniodental characters in basal Mammaliaformes. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 22: 1-16. (PDF)


Cifelli, R. L., Davis, B. M., and Sames, B. 2014. Earliest Cretaceous mammals from the western United States. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 59: 31-52. (PDF)


Cifelli, R. L. and Davis, B. M. 2013. Jurassic fossils and mammalian antiquity. Nature 500: 160-161. (PDF)

Davis, B. M.
2012. Micro-computed tomography reveals a diversity of peramuran mammals from the Purbeck Group (Berriasian) of England. Palaeontology 55: 789-817. (PDF)

Davis, B. M. 2011. Evolution of the tribosphenic molar pattern in early mammals, with comments on the "dual-origin" hypothesis. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 18: 227-244. (PDF)

Davis, B. M.
and Cifelli, R. L. 2011. Reappraisal of the tribosphenic mammals from the Trinity Group (Aptian-Albian) of Texas and Oklahoma. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 56: 441-462.  (PDF)

Davis, B. M. 2011. A novel interpretation of the tribosphenidan mammal Slaughteria eruptens from the Early Cretaceous Trinity Group, and implications for dental formula in early mammals. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31: 676-683. (PDF)

Davis, B. M.
, Cifelli, R. L., and Kielan-Jaworowska, Z. 2008. Earliest evidence of Deltatheroida (Mammalia: Metatheria) from the Early Cretaceous of North America. In: Sargis, E. J. and Dagosto, M. (eds.), Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology: A Tribute to Frederick S. Szalay, 3-24. Springer, Dordrecht. (PDF)

Davis, B. M.
2007. A revision of “pediomyid” marsupials from the Late Cretaceous of North America. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 52: 217-256. (PDF)

Cifelli, R. L. and Davis, B. M. 2003. Marsupial origins. Science 302: 1899-1900. (PDF)

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

Sames, B., Cifelli, R. L., Davis, B. M., and Schudack, M. E. 2014. Downsizing the Lower Cretaceous hiatus in the Western Interior Foreland Basin—a biostratigraphic perspective based on microfossils. Mid-Mesozoic: The Age of Dinosaurs in Transition.


Davis, B. M.
2011.
Micro-computed tomography reveals a diversity of peramuran mammals from the Purbeck Group (Berriasian) of England.
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31, supplement to no. 3: 96. 71st annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Las Vegas, NV.

Davies, K. L., Cifelli, R. L., Davis, B. M., and Gordon, C. L. 2010. A simple microvertebrate molding and casting technique: a 20-year retrospective. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30, supplement to no. 3: 79A. 70th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Pittsburgh, PA.

Baker, C. G., Davis, B. M., and Cifelli, R. L. 2008. Additions to the Medicine Rocks mammalian fauna (Paleocene: late Torrejonian) of southeastern Montana. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28, supplement to no. 3: 47A. 68th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cleveland, OH.

Davis, B. M.
2008. Evolution of lower molar morphology in early mammals. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28, supplement to no. 3: 69A. 68th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cleveland, OH.

Davis, B. M.
2007. Mammalian fauna of the Eagle Formation (Late Cretaceous: upper Santonian), north-central Montana. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27, supplement to no. 3: 66A. Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Austin, TX.

Davis, B. M.
and Davies, K. L. 2005. First vertebrate fossils from the Eagle Formation (upper Santonian), north-central Montana. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25, supplement to no. 3: 50A. 65th Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Mesa, AZ.

Davis, B. M.
2004. The interrelationships of "pediomyid" marsupials (Late Cretaceous, North America): a systematic revision of the family "Pediomyidae". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24, supplement to no. 3: 50A. 64th Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Denver, CO.

Davis, B. M.
2003. Systematics and relationships of "pediomyid" marsupials (Late Cretaceous, North America). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23, supplement to no. 3: 44A. 63rd Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. St. Paul, MN.


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