Lawing, Michelle individual record
Associate Professor

Dr. Lawing is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology. She is primarily interested in using methods and models from modern ecology and evolutionary biology combined with evidence from the fossil record to inform our understanding of how species and communities respond to environmental change through time. Her work includes the investigation of geographic, evolutionary, and morphological responses of species and communities to environmental changes in the Late Pleistocene and throughout the Miocene to present. She is involved in developing species distribution models (SDM), geometric morphometric methods (GMM), and phylogenetic comparative methods (PCM). Before becoming an Assistant Professor, Dr. Lawing was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). She earned a PhD double major in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior and in Geological Sciences from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Academic Articles55
  • McGuire, J. L., Lawing, A. M., Daz, S., & Stenseth, N. C. (2023). The past as a lens for biodiversity conservation on a dynamically changing planet.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 120(7), e2201950120.
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  • Short, R. A., McGuire, J. L., Polly, P. D., & Lawing, A. M. (2023). Trophically integrated ecometric models as tools for demonstrating spatial and temporal functional changes in mammal communities.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 120(7), e2201947120.
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  • Lawing, A. M., McCoy, M., Reinke, B. A., Sarkar, S. K., Smith, F. A., & Wright, D. (2022). A Framework for Investigating Rules of Life by Establishing Zones of Influence.. Integr Comp Biol. 61(6), 2095-2108.
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  • Balk, M. A., Deck, J., Emery, K. F., Walls, R. L., Reuter, D., LaFrance, R., ... Guralnick, R. P. (2022). A solution to the challenges of interdisciplinary aggregation and use of specimen-level trait data.. iScience. 25(10), 105101-105101.
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  • Zarestky, J., Vilen, L., Short, R. A., Struminger, R., & Lawing, A. M. (2022). Adult Education at Biological Field Stations: Building Capacity for Science Learning. ADULT EDUCATION QUARTERLY. 72(3), 284-307.
  • Meik, J. M., & Lawing, A. M. (2017). Considerations and Pitfalls in the Spatial Analysis of Water Quality Data and Its Association With Hydraulic Fracturing. Schug, K. A., & Hildenbrand, Z. L. (Eds.), ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES CONCERNING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. 227-256. Elsevier.
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  • Lawing, A. M., Head, J. J., & Polly, P. D. (2012). The Ecology of Morphology: The Ecometrics of Locomotion and Macroenvironment in North American Snakes. Louys, J. (Eds.), Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation. 117-146. Springer Nature.
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  • Vermillion, W. A., Polly, P. D., Head, J. J., Eronen, J. T., & Lawing, A. M. Ecometrics: A Trait-Based Approach to Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction. Croft, D. A., Su, D. F., & Simpson, S. W. (Eds.), Methods in Paleoecology. 373-394. Springer Nature.
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Conference Papers12
  • Jacisin, J. J., Fielder, C., Hibbitts, T. J., Ryberg, W. A., Walkup, D. K., Meik, J. M., & Lawing, A. M. (2021). Morphological variation of cranial elements in the western massasauga (Sistrurus tergeminus). INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 61, E410-E411.
  • West, J. V., & Lawing, A. M. (2020). Grab the Lizard by the Horns: Morphological Patterns in Horned Lizard Skulls. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 60, E443-E443.
  • Short, R. A., & Lawing, A. M. (2020). Locomotor morphology of ungulate communities as an environmental predictor. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 60, E214-E214.
  • Short, R. A., & Lawing, A. M. (2019). Community Limb Morphology of Artiodactyla as an Environmental Predictor. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY. 280, S217-S217.
  • Jacisin, J. J., & Lawing, A. M. (2018). DEVELOPING ECOMETRICS VIA MIDDLE TRUNK VERTEBRAL MORPHOLOGY IN NORTH AMERICAN SNAKES. Abstracts with programs (Geological Society of America), GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - 2018.
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TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE RESEARCH; Ecosystem Science & Management; 2138 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2138