Bapst, David individual record
Assistant Research Professor
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I am an analytical paleobiologist, focused how we infer evolutionary relationships in the fossil record, date when lineages diverge from each other, and how we can use relationships among extinct organisms to say something about evolutionary processes in deep time. I work on whatever group of organism is best for a particular question (because every fossil record is different), so my research includes everything from living brachiopods to fossil birds. I most often work on the planktonic graptolites, a group of colonial zooplankton that diversified rapidly and went extinct during the Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian periods, hundreds of millions of years ago. Graptolites have a fantastically detailed fossil record for asking evolutionary questions, but they have also long been important as a biostratigraphic tool in economic geology in the early Paleozoic.

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Academic Articles8
  • Hopkins, M. J., Bapst, D. W., Simpson, C., & Warnock, R (2018). The inseparability of sampling and time and its influence on attempts to unify the molecular and fossil records. Paleobiology. 44(4), 561-574.
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  • Bapst, D. W., & Mitchell, C. E (2014). An Inclusive Generic Phylogeny Reveals Constraint and Convergence in the Graptoloidea. The Paleontological Society Special Publications. 13, 48-48.
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  • Bapst, D. W. (2013). A stochastic rate-calibrated method for time-scaling phylogenies of fossil taxa. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 4(8), 724-733.
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Chapters1
  • Bapst, D. W. (2014). Preparing Paleontological Datasets for Phylogenetic Comparative Methods. Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Application in Evolutionary Biology. 515-544. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
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Conference Papers7
  • Carlson, S. J., Lopez-Carranza, N., Butler, A. D., Bapst, D. W., & Sperling, E. A (2018). COMPLEXITY IN INTERPRETING BODY SIZE EVOLUTION IN LONG-LOOP BRACHIOPODS (TEREBRATELLIDINA). Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - 2018.
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  • Bapst, D. W., O'Meara, B. C., & Banbury, B (2018). IF YOU CAN SIMULATE IT, YOU CAN FIT IT: DO-IT-YOURSELF PHYLOGENETIC MODELS OF TRAIT EVOLUTION FOR THE FOSSIL RECORD WITH THE R PACKAGE TREEVO. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - 2018.
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  • Bapst, D. W., Wright, D. F., Cole, S. R., Hopkins, M. J., Melchin, M., Congreve, C. R., ... Carlson, S. J (2018). ON THE ORIGIN OF MORPHOSPECIES – USING BAYESIAN PHYLOGENETICS TO QUANTIFY THE MODE OF ANCESTOR DESCENDANT RELATIONSHIPS IN PALEOZOIC INVERTEBRATES. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - 2018.
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  • Carlson, S. J., Bapst, D. W., Robinson, J. H., Rudman, E. A., & Lopez-Carranza, N (2017). TEREBRATULINA: IS 81 SPECIES TOO MANY?. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA - 2017.
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  • Bapst, D. W., Hopkins, M., Hopkins, M., Wright, A., Wright, A., Matzke, N. J., ... Lloyd, G. T (2016). INFERRING ANCESTOR-DESCENDANT RELATIONSHIPS IN THE FOSSIL RECORD (WITH STATISTICS). Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, USA - 2016.
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Repository Documents / Preprints1
Email
dwbapst@tamu.edu
First Name
David
Last Name
Bapst
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Geology; 3115 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3115
USA