Geerat Vermeij at work in his office.

Geerat Vermeij at work in his office.

Geerat J. Vermeij

Distinguished Professor
UC Davis Faculty Research Lecturer Award, 2004
Ph.D., Yale (1971)

Marine ecology and paleoecology. The functional morphology of marine molluscs. The coevolutionary reactions between predators and prey, and their effects on morphology, ecology, and evolution. Biogeography and climate, and their reconstruction from paleontological evidence. The marine Mesozoic revolution. The paleobiogeography of the Arctic, and its influence on Atlantic and Pacific Cenozoic faunas. Vermeij has more than 200 publications, including five published books as well as papers in such leading journals as Paleobiology, Science, American Naturalist, and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. His latest book, Nature and Economic History, tackles the subject of economics and evolution. In it, Vermeij draws close comparisons between the principles of economics and the principles of evolution, and ties both to major trends in the history of life and the history of humanity.
(530) 752-2234

Recent Publications

Pyenson, ND, GJ Vermeij (2016) The rise of ocean giants: maximum body size in Cenozoic marine mammals as an indicator for productivity in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. BIOLOGY LETTERS. 12(7) DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0186

Vermeij, GJ (2016) Plant defences on land and in water: why are they so different? ANNALS OF BOTANY. 117(7):1099-1109. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcw061

Barnosky, AD, EA Hadly, J Bascompte, EL Berlow, JH Brown, M Fortelius, WM Getz, J Harte, A Hastings, PA Marquet, ND Martinez, A Mooers, P Roopnarine, G Vermeij, JW Williams, R Gillespie, J Kitzes, C Marshall, N Matzke, DP Mindell, E Revilla and AB Smith (2012) Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere. NATURE. 486:52-58. DOI: 10.1038/nature11018

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