Professor - Geology
Bruce is a paleobiologist whose research focuses on the study of macroevolutionary patterns and processes.
My research involves using the fossil record to study macroevolutionary patterns and processes. One focus of my research involves reconstructing phylogenetic patterns in arthropods, especially trilobites, during key time periods in the history of life, such as the Cambrian radiation and the end Ordovician mass extinction. I also study the relative roles abiotic and biotic factors play in influencing evolution and extinction. A central part of my research involves performing biogeographic analyses, including developing and using phylogenetic approaches and also using GIS and ecological niche modeling to study the fossil and extant biota. I have also studied mechanisms of evolutionary stasis, levels of selection, what causes speciation and extinction rates to vary in deep time, and general theoretical issues related to tempo and mode in evolution. More details on research in my lab can be found at:
1991—1994 Ph.D. Columbia University, Geological Sciences. Advisor, Niles Eldredge, March 1994
1989—1991 M.A. Columbia University, Geological Sciences
1984—1988 A. B. Harvard University, Geological Sciences, Summa Cum Laude, Advisor, Stephen Jay Gould
Professor - Geology
1996—1998 NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Earth Sciences. Advisor Andrew Knoll, Harvard University
1994—1995 Advisor Elisabeth Vrba, Yale University
2007—present Professor, with tenure, Department of Geology, University of Kansas
2007—present Senior Curator, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas
2005—2007 Interim Director, Paleontological Institute and Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, University of Kansas
2005—2007 Acting Director, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas
2004—2004 Visiting Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University and Visiting Curator, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, Peabody Museum of Natural History. Funds provided by Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies and Yale Peabody Museum.
2002—2007 Associate Professor, with tenure, Department of Geology, University of Kansas
2002—2007 Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas
1999—2002 Courtesy Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas
1998—2002 Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University of Kansas
1998—1998 Instructor, Harvard University
1995—present Curatorial Affiliate, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University
1995—1995 Instructor, Yale University
American Geological Institute
Geological Society of America
International Biogeography Society
International Palaeontological Society
Kansas Academy of Science
Paleontological Research Institution
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
Society of Systematic Biologists
2007—2012 NSF Systematic Biology RevSys, “Revisionary systematics of Cheirurid trilobites.” $450,000 ($213,000 to KU), PI with PI Jonathan Adrain
2005—2008 NSF Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, “An integrative paleontological and paleoenvironmental study of the Middle Cambrian Spence, Wheeler, and Marjum soft-bodied faunas of Utah.” $250,000 ($110,000 to KU), PI with co-PI’s Derek Briggs, Mary Droser, and Robert Gaines
2004—2010 NSF DBI, “Archiving the history of life: High-density storage to solve space needs for an invertebrate paleontology research and teaching collection.” $251,708, PI with co-PI’s Roger Kaesler and Steve Hasiotis
2004—2007 NASA Exobiology, “Did a gamma ray burst cause the late Ordovician mass extinction?” $417,552, co-PI with PI Adrian Melott and co-PI’s Claude Laird, Mikhail Medvedev, and Larry Martin
2003—2006 KU Endowment Association, Self Faculty Scholar Award, $150,000, PI
2001—2005 NSF Geology and Paleontology, “A Sequence, Chemo-, and Biostratigraphic Study of Late Early Cambrian Rocks, Southern Selwyn Basin, Mackenzie Mountains, N.W.T., Canada.” $212,000 ($117,000 to KU), co-PI with PI Mike Pope
2001—2002 National Geographic, “Early Cambrian Climate and Evolution.” $20,000, co-PI with PI Mike Pope and co-PI Mario Coniglio
2001—2004 NSF-REU Research Experience for Undergraduates. $181,000, one of 10-co-PI’s along with PI Helen Alexander
2000—2003 NSF-OPP Antarctic Geology and Geophysics, “Characterization of the Fauna of the Middle Cambrian Nelson Limestone: A Fauna of Relevance to Antarctic Geology.” $60,000, PI
2000—2003 NSF EPSCoR First Award, “Assessing the Long Term Effects of Invasive Species Using the Fossil Record.” $35,000, PI
2009 Jan F. and Mary L. van Sant Geology Excellence Award
2005- Fellow of the Paleontological Society
2003 Jan F. and Mary L. van Sant Geology Excellence Award
2002 Schuchert Award, Paleontological Society, to a paleontologist under 40 whose research and career demonstrates excellence and promise
2000 Jan F. and Mary L. van Sant Geology Excellence Award, $5000
2000—2003 Paleontological Society distinguished lecturer
6. Lieberman, B. S. Paleontology and the Origin of Species: A Macroevolutionary Synthesis. Oxford University Press, New York. In prep.
5. Wiley, E. O., and B. S. Lieberman. 2011. Phylogenetics, 2nd edition. J. Wiley & Sons, New York. 432 p.
4. Lieberman, B. S., and R. A. Kaesler. 2010. Prehistoric Life: Evolution and the Fossil Record. Wiley/Blackwell Scientific, Oxford, UK, 385 p.
3. Lieberman, B. S., A. Stigall Rode, editors. 2005. Paleobiogeography: Generating New Insights into the Coevolution of the Earth and Its Biota. Paleontological Society Papers 11, Paleontological Society, Lawrence, KS, 158 pp.
2. Adrain, J., G. D. Edgecombe, and B. S. Lieberman, editors. 2001. Fossils, Phylogeny, and Form: An Analytical Approach. Plenum Press/Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York.
1. Lieberman, B. S. 2000. Paleobiogeography: Using Fossils to Study Global Change, Plate Tectonics, and Evolution. Plenum Press/Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York.
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