Dr. Margaret (Peg) M. Yacobucci
Education & Experience:
Associate Professor, Department of Geology, Bowling Green State University (2005-present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Bowling Green State University (1999-2005)
Graduate Teaching Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University (1992-1999)
Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1991-1999)
A.B., Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1987-1991)
Specialty Areas of Interest:
Paleobiology of fossil cephalopods
Use of Geographic Information Science in paleobiology
Phylogenetic and morphometric analyses
Current BGSU Courses:
Life Through Time - Ugrad
The Geologic History of Dinosaurs - Ugrad
Paleontology - Ugrad / Grad
Vertebrate Paleontology - Ugrad / Grad
Quantitative Paleontology - Grad
Continuing Education or Service Activities:
Advisor, Paleobiology Specialization, Geology Club, and Sigma Gamma Epsilon
College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee
Education and Outreach Coordinator, Paleontological Society (www.paleosoc.org)
Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century (www.pkal.org)
Associate Editor, Journal of Paleontology and Palaios
Recent and Current Research or Grants:
Phylogeny of Cephalopods
GIS-Based Morphometric Methods
Paleobiogeography of Cretaceous Cephalopods
PK-16 Geoscience and Paleontology Education
Recent Peer Reviewed Publications and Submissions:
Yacobucci, M.M. (in review, 2014) Macroevolution and paleobiogeography of Jurassic-Cretaceous ammonoids. In: C. Klug and D. Korn (eds.) Ammonoid Paleobiology. Springer.
Yacobucci, M.M. (accepted, 2014) Towards a model for speciation in ammonoids. In: W.D. Allmon and M.M. Yacobucci (eds.). Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Knauss, M.J., and Yacobucci, M.M. (accepted, 2014) Geographic information systems technology as a morphometric tool for quantifying morphological variability in an ammonoid clade. Palaeontologia Electronica.
Bardin, J., Rouget, I., Yacobucci, M.M., and Cecca, F. 2013. Increasing the number of discrete character states for continuous characters generates well-resolved trees that do not reflect phylogeny. Integrative Zoology DOI: 10.111/1749-4877.12076.
Yacobucci, M.M. 2013. Integrating critical thinking about values into an introductory geology course. Journal of Geoscience Education 61(4): 351-363.
Yacobucci, M.M. 2012. Using active learning strategies to promote deep learning in the undergraduate paleontology classroom. Pp. 135-153 in: M.M. Yacobucci and R. Lockwood (eds.). Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century. Paleontological Society Special Publications, Vol. 12.
Yacobucci, M.M., and Lockwood, R. (eds.). 2012. Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century. Paleontological Society Special Publications, Vol. 12.
Yacobucci, M.M. 2012. Meta-analysis of character utility and phylogenetic information content in cladistic studies of ammonoids. Geobios 45(1): 139-143.
Yacobucci, M.M., and Manship, L. 2011. Ammonoid septal formation and suture asymmetry explored with a Geographic Information Systems approach. Palaeontologia Electronica 14(1): 3A, http://palaeo-electronica.org/2011_1/136/index.html.
Bose, R., Schneider, C., Polly, P.D., and Yacobucci, M.M. 2010. Ecological interactions between Rhipidomella (Orthides, Brachiopoda) and its endoskeletobionts and predators from the Middle Devonian Dundee Formation of Ohio, United States. Palaios 25(3): 196-208.
Niko, S., Mapes, R.H., and Yacobucci, M.M. 2009. Arcuatoceras, a new genus of nautiloid cephalopods from the Early Carboniferous in the Midcontinent of North America. Paleontological Research (Quarterly Journal of the Palaeontological Society of Japan) 13(4): 319-325.
Yacobucci, M.M. 2009. The Tree of Life: Stephen Jay Gould’s contributions to systematics. Pp. 291-311 in: W.D. Allmon, P.H. Kelley, and R.M. Ross, eds. Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Yacobucci, M.M. 2007. Same As It Ever Was: A Review of Petto and Godfrey’s Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism. American Paleontologist 15(4): 36-37.
Yacobucci, M.M. 2005. Multifractal and white noise evolutionary dynamics in Jurassic-Cretaceous Ammonoidea. Geology 33(2): 97-100.
Yacobucci, M.M. 2004. Neogastroplites meets Metengonoceras: Morphological response of an endemic hoplitid ammonite to a new invader in the Middle Cretaceous Mowry Sea. Cretaceous Research 25(6): 927-944.
Yacobucci, M.M. 2004. Buckman's paradox: Constraints on ammonoid ornament and shell shape. Lethaia 37(1): 59-71.
Yacobucci, M.M. 2003. Controls on shell shape in acanthoceratid ammonites from the Cenomanian-Turonian Western Interior Seaway of North America. Pp. 195-226 in: P. Harries and D. H. Geary, eds. High-Resolution Approaches in Stratigraphic Paleontology. Topics in Geobiology Vol. 21. New York: Plenum Press.
Yacobucci, M.M. 1999. Plasticity of developmental timing as the underlying cause of high speciation rates in ammonoids: An example from the Cenomanian Western Interior Seaway of North America. Pp. 59-76 in: F. Olóriz and F. J. Rodríguez-Tovar, eds. Advancing Research in Living and Fossil Cephalopods, Proceedings, IV International Symposium Cephalopods—Present and Past, Granada, Spain, July 15-17, 1996. New York: Plenum Press.