Nicholas D Pyenson
Affiliation: Smithsonian Institution
Pyenson N. The high fidelity of the cetacean stranding record: insights into measuring diversity by integrating taphonomy and macroecology. Proc Biol Sci. 2011;278:3608-16 pubmed publisher
Pyenson N, Lindberg D. What happened to gray whales during the Pleistocene? The ecological impact of sea-level change on benthic feeding areas in the North Pacific Ocean. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e21295 pubmed publisher
..We propose that gray whales survived the disappearance of their primary feeding ground by employing generalist filter-feeding modes, similar to the resident gray whales found between northern Washington State and Vancouver Island. ..
Pyenson N, Irmis R, Lipps J. Comment on "Climate, critters, and cetaceans: Cenozoic drivers of the evolution of modern whales". Science. 2010;330:178; author reply 178 pubmed publisher
..We question the meaning of this association and outline avenues for more complete testing of correlations between productivity and marine consumers through geologic time. ..
Pyenson N, Goldbogen J, Vogl A, Szathmary G, Drake R, Shadwick R. Discovery of a sensory organ that coordinates lunge feeding in rorqual whales. Nature. 2012;485:498-501 pubmed publisher
..This innovation has a fundamental role in one of the most extreme feeding methods in aquatic vertebrates, which facilitated the evolution of the largest vertebrates ever. ..
Pyenson N, Parham J, Vélez Juarbe J. The dilemma of trade samples and the importance of museum vouchers--caveats from a study on the extinction of Steller's sea cow: a comment on Crerar et al. (2014). Biol Lett. 2016;12:20150149 pubmed publisher
Pyenson N, Vermeij G. The rise of ocean giants: maximum body size in Cenozoic marine mammals as an indicator for productivity in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Biol Lett. 2016;12: pubmed publisher
..Both vertebrate guilds achieved very large size only recently, suggesting that different trophic mechanisms promoting gigantism in the oceans have operated in the Cenozoic than in previous eras. ..
Pyenson N. The Ecological Rise of Whales Chronicled by the Fossil Record. Curr Biol. 2017;27:R558-R564 pubmed publisher