Dr. Margaret (Peg) M. Yacobucci


  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-7982
  • Email: mmyacob@bgsu.edu
  • Address: Room 189, Overman Hall

Education & Experience:

Professor of Geology, School of Earth, Environment & Society, Bowling Green State University (2015-present)
Associate Professor, Department of Geology, Bowling Green State University (2005-2015)
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Bowling Green State University (1999-2005)
Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1999)
A.B., Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1991)

Specialty Areas of Interest:

Paleobiology of fossil cephalopods
Use of geospatial approaches in paleobiology
Phylogenetic and morphometric analyses
Innovative K-16 geoscience education
Diversity and inclusion in STEM

Current BGSU Courses:

Life Through Time - Undergraduate
The Geologic History of Dinosaurs - Undergraduate
Paleontology - Undergraduate / Graduate
Vertebrate Paleontology - Undergraduate / Graduate
Quantitative Paleontology - Graduate

Service Activities:

Academic Advisor for Paleobiology Specialization
Advisor for Geology Club and Sigma Gamma Epsilon
Geology Curriculum Committee
Associate Editor, Journal of Paleontology and PALAIOS
Liaison, Paleontological Society

Current Grants:

Lead PI and Project Director, BGSU ALLIES: Building Inclusive Leadership Practices and Policies to Transform the Institution (NSF ADVANCE-Adaptation project, Award No.1760389, 2018-2021)

Recent Research Projects:

Paleobiogeography and diversity dynamics of Cretaceous cephalopods
PK-16 geoscience and paleontology education
Overcoming barriers to career advancement for women faculty in STEM

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications and Submissions:

(* denotes BGSU student co-author)

Hanasono, L.K., Ro, H.K., O’Neil, D., Broido, E.M., Yacobucci, M.M., Peña, S., and Root, K.V. (In revision, 2021). Communicating privilege and faculty allyship. Submitted to Communication Quarterly.

Peterman, D.J., Hebdon, N., Ciampaglio, C.N., Yacobucci, M.M., Landman, N.H., and Linn, T. 2020. Syn vivo hydrostatic and hydrodynamic properties of scaphitid ammonoids from the U.S. Western Interior. GeoBios 60: 79-98. doi: 10.1016/j.geobios.2020.04.004.

Peterman, D.J., Shell, R., Ciampaglio, C., and Yacobucci, M.M. 2020. Stable hooks: biomechanics of heteromorph ammonoids with U-shaped body chambers. Journal of Molluscan Studies 86: 267-279. doi: 10.1093/mollus/eyaa018.

Peterman, D.J., Yacobucci, M.M., Larson, N.L., Ciampaglio, C., and Linn, T. 2020. A method to the madness: Ontogenetic changes in the hydrostatic properties of Didymoceras (Nostoceratidae, Ammonoidea). Paleobiology 46(2): 237-258. doi: 10.1017/pab.2020.14.

Hanasono, L.K., Matuga, J.M., and Yacobucci, M.M. 2019. Breaking the bamboo and glass ceilings: Challenges and opportunities for Asian and Asian American women faculty leaders. Chapter in Chao, Chin-Chung, and Ha, Louisa (eds.) Asian Women Leadership: A Cross-National and Cross-Sector Comparison. Taylor & Francis Routledge.

Peterman, D., Barton, C.C., and Yacobucci, M.M. 2019. The hydrostatics of Paleozoic ectocochleate cephalopods (Nautiloidea and Endoceratoidea) with implications for modes of life and early colonization of the pelagic zone. Palaeontologia Electronica 22.2.24A: 1-29. doi:10.26879/884.

Peterman, D.J., Ciampaglio, C.N., Shell, R.C., and Yacobucci, M.M. 2019. Mode of life and hydrostatic stability of orthoconic ectocochleate cephalopods: Hydrodynamic analyses of restoring moments from 3D-printed, neutrally buoyant models (Editors’ choice). Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 64. doi: 10.4202/app.00595.2019.

Hanasono, L.K., Broido, E.M., Yacobucci, M.M., Root, K.V., Peña, S., and O’Neil, D.A. 2018. Secret service: Revealing gender biases in the visibility and value of faculty service. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. doi: 10.1037/dhe0000081.

Yacobucci, M.M. 2018. Confronting prior conceptions in paleontology courses. Pedagogy and Technology in the Modern Paleontology Classroom. Paleontological Society Short Course Volume; Elements of Paleontology. doi: 10.1017/9781108681391.

Yacobucci, M.M. 2018. Postmortem transport in fossil and modern shelled cephalopods. PeerJ 6: e5909. doi: 10.7717/peerj.5909.

*Gaetano, T.M., Yacobucci, M.M., and Bingman, V.P. 2017. On the paleontology of animal cognition: Using the brain dimensions of modern birds to characterize maniraptor cognition. Journal of Advanced Neuroscience Research, Special Issue, May-2017: 12-19. doi: 10.15379/2409-3564.2017.03.

*Lockshin, S., Yacobucci, M.M., Gorsevski, P., and Gregory, A. 2017. Spatial characterization of Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway paleoceanography using foraminifera, fuzzy sets, and Dempster-Shafer theory. GeoResJ 14: 98-120. doi: 10.1016/j.grj.2017.10.001.

Yacobucci, M.M. 2017. Marine life in a greenhouse world: Cephalopod biodiversity and biogeography during the early Late Cretaceous. Paleobiology 43(4): 587-619. doi: 10.1017/pab.2017.3.

*Liu, X., Gorsevski, P.V., Yacobucci, M.M., and Onasch, C.M. 2016. A web-based multicriteria evaluation of spatial trade-offs between environmental and economic implications from hydraulic fracturing in a shale gas region in Ohio. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 188: 376. doi: 10.1007/s10661-016-5362-8

Yacobucci, M.M. 2016. Towards a model for speciation in ammonoids. Pp. 238-277 in: W.D. Allmon and M.M. Yacobucci (eds.). Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

De Baets, K., Bert, D., Hoffmann, R., Monnet, C., Yacobucci, M.M., and Klug, C. 2015. Ammonoid intraspecific variability.  In: C. Klug, D. Korn, K. De Baets, I. Kruta, and R.H. Mapes (eds.). Ammonoid Paleobiology: From Anatomy to Ecology. Topics in Geobiology, Vol. 43. Dordrecht, Springer.

Monnet, C., De Baets, K., Yacobucci, M.M. 2015. Buckman’s rules of covariation. Pp. 67-94 in: C. Klug, D. Korn, K. De Baets, I. Kruta, and R.H. Mapes (eds.). Ammonoid Paleobiology: From Macroevolution to Paleogeography. Topics in Geobiology, Vol. 44. Dordrecht, Springer.

Yacobucci, M.M. 2015. Macroevolution and paleobiogeography of Jurassic-Cretaceous ammonoids. Pp. 189-228 in: Christian Klug, Dieter Korn, Kenneth De Baets, Isabelle Kruta, and Royal H. Mapes (eds.). Ammonoid Paleobiology: From Macroevolution to Paleogeography. Topics in Geobiology, Vol. 44. Dordrecht, Springer.

Bardin, J., Rouget, I., Yacobucci, M.M., and Cecca, F. 2014. Increasing the number of discrete character states for continuous characters generates well-resolved trees that do not reflect phylogeny. Integrative Zoology 9(4):531-541. doi: 10.111/1749-4877.12076.

*Knauss, M.J., and Yacobucci, M.M. 2014. Geographic information systems technology as a morphometric tool for quantifying morphological variability in an ammonoid clade. Palaeontologia Electronica 17.1.19A.

Landman, N.H., Goolaerts, S., Jagt, J.W.M., Jagt-Yazykova, E.A., Machalski, M., and Yacobucci, M.M. 2014. Ammonite extinction and nautilid survival at the end of the Cretaceous. Geology 42(8): 707-710. doi: 10.1130/G35776.1

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. Meta-analysis of character utility and phylogenetic information content in cladistic studies of ammonoids. Geobios 45(1): 139-143.

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 *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.

Recent Edited Volumes

Allmon, W.D., and Yacobucci, M.M. (eds.) 2016. Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

Yacobucci, M.M., and Lockwood, R. (eds.) 2012. Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century. Paleontological Society Special Publications, Vol. 12.

Updated: 09/15/2021 10:44AM