Paul J. Morris
Biodiversity Informatics Manager at The Harvard University Herbaria and The Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Also, President and CEO of Athro, Limited
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I am an invertebrate paleontologist, specializing in the evolutionary history of snails. Currently, I mostly work in Biodiversity Informatics.
- Biodiversity Informatics: Biological collections (in natural history museums, herbaria, and other such institutions) are vast libraries of our knowledge of living and fossil organisms. Digitizing the information in these collections, appling quality control to this informtion, making it available to the world, data mining and finding patterns in this information, and keeping the collections vital by bringing new information back into them are critical aspects of biodiversity informatics. Among other work in the discipline, I'm Co-PI on the Filtered Push project - an effort to build an infrastructure to allow remote annotation of specimens in natural history collections.
- Paleoecology: The fossil record is, in essence, a 3.5 billion year long record of the responses of organisms to environmental change. I am using several (snail rich) fossil systems to examine the relationships between environmental change, ecological change, and evolutionary change. These include Pliocene rift lake deposits from the Edward-Mobutu basin of Zaire and Uganda as well as Paleogene shallow marine deposits from the US Gulf Coastal Plain, especially the Wilcox group of Alabama. In all of these systems, I am interested in both paleontological tests for the presence of patterns of coordinated stasis, and broader multidisciplinary approaches to testing hypotheses for causal relationships between environmental and biotic change.
- Functional Morphology: I believe that the conceptual framework of functional morphology - that is, consideration of contributions of phylogenetic history, functional adaptation, and constructional constraints - is the central intellectual tool for understanding biological systems. I, of course, apply this to snails and seek to understand the modes of life and evolutionary history of the earliest snails. In addition, I have examined the utility of this approach to to systems outside its traditional realm of the anatomy of organisms. The case that I have examined in the greatest detail is evidences that sponges and all other animals share a single common multicellular ancestor, as evidenced in similarities in the molecules and developmental role of the extracellular matrix.
Links to some of my work:
A translation of Louis Agassiz's clearest statement on darwinian evolution, a chapter on Darwinism and Haeckel's classifications that he added to the 1869 french translation of the Essay on Classification.
A data model for paleontological occurance information (from 1998).
A poster from TDWG 2007, on Challenges and tradeoffs in the management of geological context data in paleontological collections. Proceedings of TDWG Abstract and Poster (OpenDocument)
A primer on Relational database design for Biodiversity Informatics.
- Allmon, W.D., P.J. Morris, and L.C. Ivany, 2008. A tree grows in Queens: Stephen Jay Gould and ecology. In: W.D. Allmon, P.H. Kelley and R.M. Ross eds. Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life. Oxford University Press 416pp.
- Morris, P.J. and J.A. Macklin, 2006. Tools, techniques, and code for supporting image databases of natural history collections materials. Collections Forum 21:203-222.
- Morris, P.J. and M.H. Sabaj, 2006. ACSImagebase: A digital archive of catfish images compiled by participants in the All Catfish Species Inventory. [WWW image Database] URL http://acsi.acnatsci.org/base
- Morris. P.J., 2005. Relational database design and implementation for Biodiversity Informatics. Phyloinformatics 7:1-63. [mobi ebook format]
- Voltzow, J., P.J. Morris, R.M. Linsley, 2004. Anatomy of and patterns of water currents through the mantle cavities of pleurotomariid gastropods. Journal of Morphology 262:659-666.
- Morris, P.J. 2003. Relational Database Design and Implementation. SPNHC 18th Annual Meeting Workshop: Use of Digital Technology in Museums. [Presentation available at URL http://www.athro.com/general/spnhc2003 under the GFDL].
- Jersabek, C.D., H. Segers, and P.J. Morris, 2003. An illustrated online catalog of the Rotifera in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (version 1.0: 2003-April-8). [WWW database] URL http://data.acnatsci.org/biodiversity_databases/rotifer.php
- Rosenberg, G. et al., 2002. Indo Pacific Mollusc Names and Occurances. [WWW database] URL http://data.acnatsci.org/obis/. Now at URL http://clade.acnatsci.org/obis/
- Morris, P.J. and G. Rosenberg, 2002 [to 2006]. A search interface for Malacolog, an online database of Western Atlantic Gastropods. (version 3.2.0: 2002 Dec 31 [to version 4.1.0 2006 Oct 27]). [WWW database] URL http://data.acnatsci.org/wasp. Now at URL http://www.malacolog.org/
- Rosenberg, G., and P.J. Morris, 2000. Relational database design for natural history collections management. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections newsletter.
- Morris, P.J. 2000. A data model for invertebrate paleontological collections information. pp. 105-108 In: R.D. White and W.D. Allmon eds. Guidelines for the management and curation of Invertebrate Fossil Collections: including a data model and standards for computerization. Paleontological Society Special Publications Volume 10.
- Morris, P.J. 2000. Appendix IX: Entity Relationship Diagram; Appendix X: Entity Documentation; Appendix XI:
Conceptual list of Entites; Appendix XII: Relationship Cardinalities pp. 155-260 In: R.D. White and W.D.
Allmon eds. Guidelines for the management and curation of Invertebrate Fossil Collections: including a data
model and standards for computerization. Paleontological Society Special Publications Volume 10.
- Allmon, W.D., Morris, P.J., and McKinney, M., 1998. An Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis of Maximal Speciation. In McKinney, M., ed., Biodiversity Dynamics. Columbia University Press.
- Morris, P.J., 1996. Testing patterns and causes of faunal stability in the fossil record, with an example from the Pliocene Lusso Beds of Zaire. Paleo3, v.95.
- Morris, P.J., 1997. Louis Agassiz's additions to the French translation of his Essay on Classification. Journal of the History of Biology, v.29.
- Morris, P.J., L.C. Ivany, K.M. Schopf, and C.E. Brett, 1995. The Challenge of Paleoecological Stasis: Assessing sources of Evolutionary Stability in the Fossil Record. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., 92:11269-11273.
- Morris, P.J., 1995. Phylogenetic analysis of endemic viviparids in the Pliocene of the Edward-Mobutu Rift, Uganda-Zaire. Comptes rendus de l'Acad�ie des Sciences Series II a. 320:447-453.
- Morris, P.J. and W.D. Allmon, 1994. Shell Alignment for the Morphometric Analysis of High-spired Gastropods, The Nautilus 108:15-22.
- Schopf, K. and P.J. Morris, 1994. Description of a Muscle Scar and two other novel features from steinkerns of Hypomphalocirrus (Mollusca: Paragastropoda), Journal of Paleontology 68:47-58.
- Morris, P.J., 1993. The Developmental role of the Extracellular matrix indicates a monophyletic origin for the Kingdom Animalia, Evolution 47:152-165.
- Morris, P.J., and E.A. CoBabe, 1991. Cuvier meets Watson and Crick: the Utility of Molecules as Classical Homologies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 44:307-324.
- Morris, P.J., R.M. Linsley, and J. Cottrell, 1991. Evidence for a symbiotic relationship involving a Middle Devonian gastropod, a trepostomatous bryozoan and an inferred secondary occupant. Lethaia 24:55-67.
- Harris, J.W.K, P.G.Williamson, P.J. Morris, J.deHeinzelin, J.Verners, R.Bellomo, G.Laden, T.Spang, K.Stewart, M.Tappen, 1990. Archaeology of the Lusso Beds. Virginia Museum of Natural History Memoirs: 1:237-272.
- Morris, P.J. and P.G. Williamson, 1988. Pleiodon (Conrad)(Bivalvia: Mutelidae: Pleiodoninae) from the late Cretaceous of Montana: a first North American record for the Mutelidae. Journal of Paleontology 62:758-765.
- Morris, P.J., 1984. Some observations on host associations of the cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) in Jamaica. Colgate Journal of the Sciences 84:119-131.
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Date Created: Oct 1995
Last Updated: 2008 Dec 27