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Gregory  Herbert

Gregory Herbert

Gregory Herbert
Associate Professor


Office: NES 215
Phone: please use email
Lab: SCA 519



Ph.D., University of California - Davis


Prospective students are encouraged to visit the USF Paleobiology and Paleoenvironments Research Group webpage.


My research investigates the ecology and evolution of marine ecosystems with particular focus on shelled marine invertebrates. Research in my lab involves a variety of tools, including stable isotope geochemistry, molecular and morphological phylogenetics, paleoecological statistics, and finite element modeling. Current research is heavily focused on documenting the extent of human impacts on biodiversity in the Anthropocene and providing actionable information on conservation priorities to policy makers.

Abbreviated CV

Research Highlights:

Barco, A., G. S. Herbert, R. Houart, G. Fassio, M. Oliverio, 2016. A molecular phylogenetic framework for the subfamily Ocenebrinae (Gastropoda, Muricidae). Zoologica Scripta.

Herbert, G. S., L. B. Whitenack, and J. Y. McKnight, 2016. Behavioural diversity of the giant murex Muricanthus fulvescens (Gastropoda: Muricidae) in interactions with difficult prey. Journal of Molluscan Studies. doi: 10.1093/mollus/eyw013

Harke, R. M., G. S. Herbert, and N. M. White, 2015. Seasonality of shellfish harvesting by hunter-gatherer populations of Fort Walton Period, St. Joseph Bay, Florida. Journal of Archaeological Research.

Whitenack, L. B., and G. S. Herbert, 2015. Did shell-crushing crabs trigger an escalatory arms race in the aftermath of a Late Neogene regional mass extinction event? An experimental test. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 417:57-65.

Ellis, G., G. S. Herbert, and D. Hollander, 2014. Compound-specific isotopic analysis of shell organic matter in Crassostrea virginica from Rookery Bay, Florida: a potential archive of environmental data. Journal of Shellfisheries Research. 33:217-225.

Paul, S., and G. S. Herbert, 2014. Plio-Pleistocene drilling predation in Florida bivalves: Predator identity, competition, and biotic change. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 404:67-77.

Harding, J. M., H. J. Spero, R. Mann, G. S. Herbert, and J. Sliko, 2010. Early 17th Century Jamestown and the James River estuary: Then and Now. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107:10549-10554. doi:10.1073/pnas.1001052107

Herbert, G. S.,, D. Merle, and C. S. Gallardo, 2007. A developmental perspective on evolutionary innovation in the radula of the predatory Neogastropod family Muricidae. American Malacological Bulletin 23:17-32.

Eerkens, J. W., G. S. Herbert, J. Rosenthal, and H. J. Spero, 2005. Provenance analysis of Olivella biplicata shell beads from the California and Oregon coasts using oxygen and carbon stable isotopes. Journal of Archaeological Science 32:1501-1514.

Herbert, G. S., 2005. Systematics of the genus Eupleura H. & A. Adams, 1853 (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Neogene to Recent of Tropical America. The Veliger 47:294-331.

Dietl, G. P., G. S. Herbert, and G. J. Vermeij, 2004. Reduced competition and altered feeding behavior among marine snails after a mass extinction. Science 306:2229-2231.

Vermeij, G. J., and G. S. Herbert, 2004. Measuring relative abundance in fossil and living assemblages. Paleobiology 30:1-4.

Graduate Students

Nasser AlQattan, Matthew Hayes

Specialty Area

Paleobiology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Marine Science

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
80349GLY 2100001History of Life


FAH 101

95746GLY 6739002Topics in Paleobiology


CHE 309

80358GLY 7912004Directed Research


82070GLY 7980003Dissertation: Doctoral