* denotes equal contribution

º denotes student mentee

M.E. Kemp, A.E. Boville*º, C. M. Carneiro*º, J.J Jacisin III*, C.J. Law*, D.T. Ledesma*º, A. Meza*, A. Shields-Estrada*º, T. Xu*º. Looking Back for the Future: The Ecology of Terrestrial Communities Through the Lens of Conservation Paleobiology. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 54 (1): 259 – 282.

M.E. Kemp. 2023. Defaunation and species introductions alter long-term functional trait diversity in insular reptiles. PNAS 120(7), e2201944119.

J.Aº. Knight, D.T. Ledesmaº, M.E. Kemp. 2022. Allometric patterns in phrynosomatid lizards and the implications for reconstructing body size for fossils. Evolutionary Ecology 36, 561 - 590.

R.S. Mohammed, G. Turner, K. Fowler, M. Pateman, M.A. Nieves-Colón, L. Fanovich, S.B. Cooke, L.M. Dávalos, S.M. Fitzpatrick, C.M. Giovas, M. Stokowski, A.A. Wrean, M.E. Kemp*, M.J. LeFebvre*, A.M. Mychajliw*. 2022. Colonial Legacies Influence Biodiversity Lessons: How Past Trade Routes and Power Dynamics Shape Present-Day Scientific Research and Professional Opportunities for Caribbean Scientists. American Naturalist 200 (1), 140 - 155.

D.T. Ledesmaº, A. Ayalaº, M.E. Kemp. 2022. Morphometric analyses of the vertebrae of Ambystoma (Tschudi, 1838) and the implications for identification of fossil salamanders. Journal of Morphology, 1 - 24.

M. Morozº, I.S.C. Jackson, D. Ramirezº, M.E. Kemp. 2021. Divergent morphological responses to millennia of climate change in two species of bats from Hall’s Cave, Texas, USA. Peer J 9:e10856

L.M Dávalos, R.M. Austin*, M.A. Balisi*, R.L Begay*, C.A. Hofman*, M.E. Kemp*, J.R. Lund*, C. Monroe*, A.M. Mychajliw*, E.A. Nelson*, M.A. Nieves-Colón*, S.A. Redondo*, S. Sabin*, K.S. Tsosie*, J.M. Yracheta*. 2020. Pandemics’ Historical Role in Creating Inequality. Science 368(6497):1322-1323.

M.E. Kemp, A.M. Mychajliw, J. Wadmanº, A. Goldberg. 2020. 7000 years of turnover: historical contingency and human niche construction shape the Caribbean’s Anthropocene biota. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287: 20200447.

A.D. Barnosky, E.A. Hadly, P. Gonzalez, J. Head, D. Polly, A.M. Lawling, J. Eronen, and 34 others [alphabetical], including M.E. Kemp. 2017. Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems. Science 355: eaah4787.

C. Bochaton* and M.E. Kemp*. 2016. Reconstructing the body sizes of Quaternary lizards Pholidoscelis (Fitzinger, 1843) and Anolis (Daudin, 1802) as case studies. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. doi: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1239626.

K.S. Solari, H.K. Frank, L.O. Frishkoff, J.L. Hsu, M.E. Kemp, A.M. Mychajliw, E.A. Hadly. 2016. Opportunity for some, extinction for others: the fate of species in the Anthropocene. Evolutionary Ecology Research 17: 787-813..

M.E. Kemp and E.A. Hadly. 2016. Rocking earth’s biodiversity cradle: challenges, advances, and prospects for conservation paleontology in the tropics. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. doi: 10.1080/02724634.2016.1179640.

M.E. Kemp and E.A. Hadly. 2015. Early Holocene turnover in a lizard assemblage from Anguilla, British West Indies. Quaternary Research 85: 255–261..

M.E. Kemp and E.A. Hadly. 2015. Extinction biases in Quaternary Caribbean lizards. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24: 1281–1289..

A.M. Mychajliw, M.E. Kemp, and E.A. Hadly. 2015. Using the Anthropocene as a teaching, communication and community engagement opportunity. The Anthropocene Review 2 (3): 267–278..


D.T. Ledesmaº, S.G. Scarpetta, J.J. Jacisin III, A. Meza, M.E. Kemp. Identification of Late Pleistocene and Holocene fossil lizards from Hall’s Cave and a primer on morphological variation in North American lizard skulls. bioRxiv 2023.07.25.549934; doi:

For other submitted papers and manuscripts in preparation please contact me.