University of Missouri

John Huntley

  • John Huntley
  • Assistant Professor
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  • CV
  • Dr. Huntley is broadly interested in the fossil record of biotic interactions (including parasitism, predation, and competition), stratigraphic paleobiology, conservation paleobiology, and the evolution of morphological disparity.  He completed a BS in Geology at Appalachian State University, a MS in Geology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Advisor: Patricia Kelley), and a PhD in Geosciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Advisor: Michał Kowalewski).  Following a one-year postdoctoral assignment at Virginia Tech he spent one year as Lecturer at the University of Kentucky, two years as a Humboldt Research Fellow at the GeoZentrum Nordbayern in Erlangen (Germany), and two years as Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Lawrence University.  Dr. Huntley joined the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri in 2013 as an Assistant Professor.  The subjects of Dr. Huntley’s research span invertebrates and protists from the marine, freshwater, and terrestrial realms ranging in age from Paleoproterozoic to Anthropocene.  His current favorites are modern bivalves (especially when pasta, olive oil, and wine are involved).


Ph.D. Geosciences, 2007, Virginia Tech

M.S. Geology, 2003, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

B.S. Geology, 2000, Appalachian State University

Awards and Honors

NSF CAREER Award: Parasites, sea level rise, and ecosystem dynamics: Investigating the pattern and process of increasing trematode prevalence during transgression, 2017-2022

Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Università di Bologna, Italy, 2016

Renewed Research Stay Grant, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen, Germany, 2014

Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen, Germany, 2009-2011

Outstanding Seminar Presentation, Rast-Holbrook Lecture Series, University of Kentucky, 2009


In Revision

Huntley, J.W., J.D. Schiffbauer, T.D. Avila*, J.S. Broce*. In Revision. Live-dead fidelity and spatial averaging of ecophenotypic variation and body size among intertidal bivalves.

In Press

Huntley, J.W., T. Selly*, K.L. Shelton, J.D. Schiffbauer. In Press. Trilobite Predation. Access Science.

Selly, T.L.*, K.E. Hale*, J.D. Schiffbauer, D.A. Clapp*, J.W. Huntley. In Press. 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.


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.J. 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.

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.

Ayoub-Hannaa, W., J.W. Huntley, F.T. Fürsich. 2013. Significance of Detrended Correspondence Analysis (DCA) in palaeoecology and biostratigraphy: A case study from the Upper Cretaceous of Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences 80:48-59.


Huntley, J.W., D.S. Kaufman, M. Kowalewski, C.S. Romanek, R.J. Neves. 2012. Sub-centennial resolution amino acid geochronology for the freshwater mussel Lampsilis for the last 2000 years. Quaternary Geochronology 9:75-85.

Huntley, J.W., D. Scarponi. 2012. Evolutionary and ecological implications of trematode parasitism of modern and fossil northern Adriatic bivalves. Paleobiology 38:40-51.


Huntley, J.W. 2011. Exploratory multivariate techniques and their utility for understanding ancient ecosystems, p.23-48. M. Laflamme, J.D. Schiffbauer, SQ Dornbos (eds.). Quantifying the evolution of early life: numerical approaches to the evaluation of fossils and ancient ecosystems. Topics in Geobiology: v. 36, Springer.


Huntley, J.W. 2009. Phanerozoic predation intensity and diversity, p.278-281. McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2009.


Huntley, J.W., Y. Yanes, M. Kowalewski, C. Castillo, A. Delgado-Huertas, M. Ibanez, M.R. Alonso, J.E. Ortiz, T. de Torres. 2008. Testing limiting similarity in Quaternary terrestrial gastropods. Paleobiology 34(3):378-388. Featured in Science “Editor’s Choice” vol. 322 issue 5900, p. 348; 17 October 2008.


Huntley, J.W., M. Kowalewski. 2007. Strong coupling of predation intensity and diversity in the Phanerozoic fossil record. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:15006-15010. Article from the cover. Listed in Faculty of 1000 Biology.

Huntley, J.W. 2007. Towards establishing a modern baseline for paleopathology: trace-producing parasites in a bivalve host. The Journal of Shellfish Research 26:253-259.


Huntley, J.W., S. Xiao, and M. Kowalewski. 2006. On the morphological history of Proterozoic and Cambrian acritarchs, p. 23-56. S. Xiao and A.J. Kaufman (eds.). Neoproterozoic Geobiology and Paleobiology, Topics in Geobiology: v. 27, Springer.

Huntley, J.W., S. Xiao, and M. Kowalewski. 2006. 1.3 billion years of acritarch history: an empirical morphospace approach. Precambrian Research 144:52-68.

*Indicates student author