Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Bill Dimichele

Research Geologist and Curator of Paleobotany
Department / Division
Education
  • B.A., Drexel University
  • M.S., University of Illinois
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois
Research Interests

Paleoecology, morphology, and systematics of late Paleozoic plants (240-350 million years old), particularly the structure of late Paleozoic ecosystems and the relationship between long-term ecological and evolutionary patterns

Publications
Article
  • DiMichele, William A., Donovan, Michael P., Schachat, Sandra R., Schneider, Joerg W., and Lucas, Spencer G. 2021. "Plant-Fossil Taphonomy, Late Pennsylvanian Kinney Quarry, New Mexico, USA." New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 84: 125– 151.
  • Donovan, Michael P., DiMichele, William A., Lucas, Spencer G., and Schneider, Joerg W. 2021. "Atlas of Selected Kinney Quarry Plant Fossils, Late Pennsylvanian, Central New Mexico." New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 84: 153– 183.
  • Koll, Rebecca A. and DiMichele, William A. 2021. "Dominance-diversity architecture of a mixed hygromorphic-to-xeromorphic flora from a botanically rich locality in western equatorial Pangea (lower Permian Emily Irish site, Texas, USA." Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 563: 110132– 110132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2020.110132
  • Lucas, Spencer G. and DiMichele, William A. 2021. "The Kinney Brick Quarry Lagerstätte, Late Pennsylvanian of New Mexico, Usa: Introduction and Overview." New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 84: 1– 16.
  • Richey, Jon D., Montanez, Isabel P., White, Joseph D., DiMichele, William A., Matthaeus, William J., Poulsen, Christopher J., Macarewich, Sophia, I., and Looy, Cindy, V. 2021. "Modeled physiological mechanisms for observed changes in the late Paleozoic plant fossil record." Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 562: 110056– 110056. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2020.110056
  • DiMichele, William A., Bashforth, Arden R., Falcon-Lang, Howard J., and Lucas, Spencer G. 2020. "Uplands, lowlands, and climate: Taphonomic megabiases and the apparent rise of a xeromorphic, drought-tolerant flora during the Pennsylvanian-Permian transition." Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 559: 109965– 109965. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2020.109965
  • DiMichele, William A. and Bateman, Richard M. 2020. "Better together: Joint consideration of anatomy and morphology illuminates the architecture and life history of the Carboniferous arborescent lycopsid Paralycopodites." Journal of Systematics and Evolution https://doi.org/10.1111/jse.12662
  • Kvale, Erik P., Bowie, Christopher M., Flenthrope, Chris, Mace, Christopher, Parrish, Jessica M., Price, Buddy, Anderson, Sloan, and DiMichele, William A. 2020. "Facies variability within a mixed carbonate–siliciclastic sea-floor fan (upper Wolfcamp Formation, Permian, Delaware Basin, New Mexico)." AAPG Bulletin 104 (3): 525– 563. https://doi.org/10.1306/06121917225
  • Nelson, W. John, Elrick, Scott D., DiMichele, William A., and Ames, Philip R. 2020. "Evolution of a PeatContemporaneous Channel: The Galatia Channel, Middle Pennsylvanian, of the Illinois Basin." Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 605: 1– 85.
  • Richey, Jon D., Montanez, Isabel P., Godderis, Yves, Looy, Cindy, V., Griffis, Neil P., and DiMichele, William A. 2020. "Influence of temporally varying weatherability on CO2-climate coupling and ecosystem change in the late Paleozoic." Climate of the Past 16 (5): 1759– 1775. https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-1759-2020

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Chapter
  • DiMichele, William A., Cecil, C. B., Chaney, Dan S., Elrick, Scott D., Lucas, Spencer G., Lupia, Richard, Nelson, W. J., and Tabor, Neil J. 2011. "Pennsylvanian-Permian vegetational changes in tropical Euramerica." in Geology of the Pennsylvanian-Permian in the Dunkard Basin. Guidebook for the 76th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, edited by Harper, John A., 60– 102. Middletown, PA: Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Inc..
  • DiMichele, William A., Skema, Vik, and Harper, John A. 2011. "Pleasant Hill Gap." in Geology of the Pennsylvanian-Permian in the Dunkard basin. Guidebook, 76th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, edited by Harper, John A., 168– 173. Middletown, PA: Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Inc.
  • DiMichele, William A., Tabor, N. J., Chaney, Dan S., and Nelson, W. J. 2006. "From wetlands to wet spots: Environmental tracking and the fate of Carboniferous elements in Early Permian tropical floras." in Wetlands trough time: Geological Society of America Special Paper 399, edited by Greb, S. F. and DiMichele, William A., 223– 248. Geological Society of America.
  • DiMichele, William A. and Bateman, Richard M. 2005. "Evolution of land plant diversity: Major innovations and lineages through time." in Plant Conservation: A Natural History Approach, edited by Krupnick, Gary A. and Kress, W. John., 3– 14. University of Chicago Press.
  • DiMichele, William A., Hans, Kerp, and Chaney, Dan S. 2004. "Tropical floras of the Late Pennsylvanian-Early Permian transition: Carrizo Arroyo in context." in Carboniferous-Permian Transition at Carrizo Arroyo, Central New Mexico, edited by Lucas, Spencer G. and Zeigler, K. E., 105– 110. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 25.
  • Bateman, Richard M. and DiMichele, William A. 2002. "Generating and filtering major phenotypic novelties: neoGoldschmidtian saltation revisited." in Developmental Genetics and Plant Evolution, edited by Cronk, C. B., Bateman, Richard M., and Hawkins, J. A., 109– 159. Taylor and Francis.
  • DiMichele, William A., Stein, W. E., and Bateman, Richard M. 2001. "Ecological sorting during the Paleozoic radiation of vascular plant classes." in Evolutionary Paleoecology, edited by Allmon, W. D. and Bottjer, D. J., 285– 335. Columbia University Press.
  • DiMichele, William A. 2000. "Carboniferous Coal Swamp Forests." in Palaeobiology II, edited by Briggs, E. G. and Crowther, P. R., 79– 82. Blackwell Science.
  • DiMichele, William A. 2000. "Ecosystem dynamics." in McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, edited by McGraw, Hill staff., 129– 131. McGraw-Hill.
  • Philips, T. L. and DiMichele, William A. 1999. "Coal ball sampling and quantification." in Fossil Plants and Spores: Modern Techniques, edited by Jones, T. P. and Rowe, N. P., 206– 209. Geological Society.
  • DiMichele, William A. and Philips, T. L. 1995. "The response of hierarchically structured ecosystems to long term climate change: a case study using tropical peat swamps of Pennsylvanian age." in Effects of Past Global Change on Life, edited by Stanley, Steven M., Knoll, A. H., and Kennett, J. P., 134– 155. National Research Council, Studies in Geophysics.
  • DiMichele, William A. and Phillips, Tom L. 1995. "The Response of Hierarchially Structured Ecosystems to Long-Term Climatic Change: A Case Study Using Tropical Peat Swamps of Pennsylvanian Age." in Effects of past global change on life, 134– 155.
  • Bateman, Richard M. and DiMichele, William A. 1994. "Saltational evolution of form in vascular plants: a neoGoldschmidtian synthesis." in Linnean Society, Symposium Series, 61– 100.
  • Wing, Scott L., Sues, Hans-Dieter, Potts, Richard, DiMichele, William A., and Behrensmeyer, Anna K. 1992. "Evolutionary Paleoecology." in Terrestrial Ecosystems Through Time: Evolutionary Paleoecology of Terrestrial Plants and Animals, edited by Behrensmeyer, Anna K., 1– 13. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • DiMichele, William A., Philips, T. L., and Peppers, R. A. 1985. "The influence of climate and depositional environment on the distribution and evolution of Pennsylvanian coal swamp plants." in Geologic Factors and the Evolution of Plants, edited by Tiffney, B., 223– 256. Yale University Press.

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Book
  • DiMichele, William A., Lucas, Spencer G., Looy, Cindy V., Kerp, Hans, and Chaney, Dan S. 2017. Plant Fossils from the Pennsylvanian–Permian Transition in Western Pangea, Abo Pass, New Mexico. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology (99). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.1943-6688.99
  • Damuth, J., Behrensmeyer, Anna K., DiMichele, William A., Labandeira, Conrad C., Potts, Richard, and Wing, Scott L. 1997. ETE Database Manual. Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Consortium.
  • Behrensmeyer, Anna K., Damuth, J., DiMichele, William A., Potts, Richard, Sues, Hans-Dieter, and Wing, Scott L. , eds. 1992. Terrestrial Ecosystems Through Time. Chicago: University of Chicago.
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