John Warren Huntley

John Warren Huntley
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Assistant Professor
312 Geological Sciences Building

A common theme in my current research is how the discontinuous nature of deposition at a broad range of scales (from bivalve growth increments to the sequence stratigraphic architecture of basins) influences the temporal and spatial trends preserved in the fossil and geologic records. A few examples include the proliferation of trematode parasites with parasequence-scale flooding events and the implications for anthropogenic warming and sea level rise, the utility of bivalve sclerochemistry as a chronicle of heavy metal pollution in coastal environments, and the time-transgressive and facies-dependent nature of the Steptoean Positive Carbon Isotope Excursion (SPICE). The subjects of my research span invertebrates and protists from the marine, freshwater, and terrestrial realms ranging in age from Paleoproterozoic to Anthropocene.


  • PhD Geosciences, Virginia Tech, 2007
  • MS Geology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2003
  • BS Geology, Appalachian State University, 2000

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, University of Missouri
  • 2017 NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
  • 2016 Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2009 Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Germany
paleobiology, paleoecology
Research Focus: 

I am broadly interested in the fossil record of biotic interactions (including parasitism, predation, and competition), stratigraphic paleobiology, conservation paleobiology, and the evolution of morphological disparity.

Courses Taught: 
  • GEOL 1100 Principles of Geology with Lab
  • GEOL 1400 Geology of the MU Columns
  • GEOL 2350 Historical Geology
  • GEOL 2360 Historical Geology Lab
  • GEOL 4002/7002 Patterns and Processes in the Fossil Record (co-taught with Schiffbauer)
  • GEOL 8002 Quantitative Paleobiology
  • GEOL 8085 R for Geoscientists
  • GEOL 8190 Advanced Paleontology
  • BIO_SC 8002 Evolution Bootcamp (co-taught with a number of University faculty)
Selected Publications: 

In Press

  • S.M. Jacquet*, M.J. Betts, J.W. Huntley, G.A. Brock. In Press. Facies, phosphate, and fossil preservation potential across a Lower Cambrian carbonate shelf, Arrowie Basin, South Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.
  • Selly, T.*, J.D. Schiffbauer, S.M. Jacquet, E.F. Smith, L.L. Nelson, B.D. Andreasen, J.W. Huntley, M.A. Strange, G.R. O’Neil, C.A. Thater, N. Bykova, M. Steiner, B. Yang, Y. Cai. In Press. A new cloudinid fossil assemblage from the terminal Ediacaran of Nevada, USA. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.


  • Klompmaker, A.*, P.H. Kelley, D. Chattopadhyay, J. Clements, J.W. Huntley, M. Kowalewski. 2019. Predation in the marine fossil record: Studies, data, recognition, environmental factors, and behavior. Earth-Science Reviews 194:472-520.
  • Huntley, J.W.*, J.D. Schiffbauer, T.D. Avila#, J.S. Broce#. 2018. Ecophenotypy, temporal and spatial fidelity, functional morphology, and physiological trade-offs among intertidal bivalves. Paleobiology 44:530-545.
  • Selly, T.L.#, K.E. Hale#, J.D. Schiffbauer, D.A. Clapp#, J.W. Huntley*. 2018. The influence of environmental gradients on molluscan diversity, body size, and predator-prey interactions in a modern carbonate tidal creek setting. American Journal of Science 318:246-273.
  • Azzarone, M.*#, P. Ferretti, V. Rossi, D. Scarponi, L. Capraro, P. Macrì, J.W. Huntley, C. Faranda. 2018. Early-Middle Pleistocene benthic turnover and oxygen isotope stratigraphy from the Central Mediterranean (Valle di Manche, Crotone Basin, Italy): Data and trends. Data in Brief 17:1099-1107.
  • Huntley, J.W.*, T. Selly#, K.L. Shelton, J.D. Schiffbauer. 2017. Trilobite Predation. Access Science McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Soldati, A.#*, J. Beem#, F. Gomez, J.W. Huntley, T. Robertson#, A. Whittington. 2017. Emplacement Dynamics and Timescale of a ~7ka Flow from the Cima Volcanic Field (CA): Insights from Rheology and Morphology. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 347:91-111.
  • Scarponi, D., M. Azzarone#, M. Kowalewski, J.W. Huntley*. 2017. Surges in trematode prevalence linked to centennial-scale flooding events in the Adriatic. Scientific Reports. Article number: 5732 doi:10.1038/s41598-017-05979-6.
  • Klompmaker, A.A.*, M. Kowalewski, J.W. Huntley, S. Finnegan. 2017. Increase in predator-prey size ratios throughout the Phanerozoic history of marine ecosystems. Science 356:1178-1180.
  • Muscente, A.D.*, J.D. Schiffbauer, J. Broce#, M. Laflamme, K. O’Donnell, T.H. Boag, M. Meyer, A.D. Hawkins, J.W. Huntley, M. McNamara, L.A. MacKenzie, G.D. Stanley, Jr., N.W. Hinman, M.H. Hofmann, S. Xiao. 2017. Exceptionally preserved fossil assemblages and soft tissue preservation through geologic time and space. Gondwana Research 48:164-188.
  • Schiffbauer, J.D.*, J.W. Huntley, D.A. Fike, M. Jeffrey#, J.M. Gregg, K.L. Shelton. 2017. Decoupling biogeochemical records, extinction, and environmental change in the Cambrian SPICE event. Science Advances 3:e1602158.
  • Schiffbauer, J.D.*, J.W. Huntley, G.R. O’Neil#, S.A.F. Darroch, M. Laflamme, Y. Cai. 2016. The latest Ediacaran wormworld fauna: Setting the ecological stage for the Cambrian Explosion. GSA Today 26(11):4-11.
  • Scarponi, D.*, G. Della Bella, B. Dell'Angelo, J.W. Huntley, M. Sosso. 2016. Middle Miocene Conoidea (Mollusca) from western Ukraine (Paratethys): Integrative taxonomy, palaeoclimatological and palaeobiogeographical implications. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 61:327-344.
  • Selly, T.L.#, J.W. Huntley, K.L. Shelton, J.D. Schiffbauer*. 2016. Ichnofossil record of selective predation by Cambrian trilobites. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 444:28-38.
  • Huntley, J.W.*, K. De Baets. 2015. Trace fossil evidence of trematode – bivalve parasite – host interactions in deep time. Advances in Parasitology 90:201-231.
  • Huntley, J.W. *, D. Scarponi. 2015. Geographic variation of parasitic and predatory traces on mollusks in the northern Adriatic Sea, Italy: Implications for the stratigraphic paleobiology of biotic interactions. Paleobiology 41:134-153.
  • Huntley, J.W. *, F.T. Fürsich, M. Alberti., M. Hethke, C. Liu. 2014. A complete Holocene record of trematode-bivalve infection and implications for the response of parasitism to climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:18150-18155. Featured in Eos vol. 95, no. 50, 16 December 2014. Featured in Science “Editor’s Choice” vol. 346, issue 6216, p. 1478; 19 December 2014.
  • Scarponi, D.*, J.W. Huntley, L. Capraro, S. Raffi. 2014. Stratigraphic paleoecology of the Valle di Manche Section (Crotone Basin, Italy): A Candidate GSSP of the Middle Pleistocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 402:30-43.
  • Dexter, T.A.*, D.S. Kaufman, R.A. Krause, Jr., S.L. Barbour, M.G. Simoes, J.W. Huntley, Y. Yanes, C.S. Romanek, M. Kowalewski. 2014. A continuous multi-millennial record of surficial bivalve mollusk shells from the São Paulo Bight, Brazilian Shelf. Quaternary Research 81:274-283.
  • Tyler, C.L.*, L.R. Leighton, S.J. Carlson, J.W. Huntley, M. Kowalewski. 2013. Predation on modern and fossil brachiopods: Assessing chemical defenses and palatability. Palaios 28:724-735.

(#Student Author; *Corresponding Author)

Lesina lagoon, Italy

We are currently investigating parasite-host interactions and environmental gradients in the Lesina lagoon (Italy) to better interpret results from the fossil record. (Photograph by John Huntley)