Zachary T Calamari

Asst Professor

Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Department: Natural Sciences

Areas of expertise: Comparative biology, evolution, paleontology

Email Address: zachary.calamari@baruch.cuny.edu

Education

Ph.D., Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History New York City

B.S., Geological Sciences and History (dual major), University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Abstracts

Vida, T., Calamari, Z. T., & Barden, P. (2022). Social insect prevalence in the Cenozoic precipitated dietary specialization among mammals. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting,

Calamari, Z. T., Finck, C. E., Julius, J., Droznik, G. R., & Barden, P. (2022). Did abundant ants lead to abundant anteaters? Assessing the link between ant and termite abundance and the diversity of obligate myrmecophages in extinct and extant Xenarthra. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 98-99.

Finck, C. E., & Calamari, Z. T. (2022). Total evidence phylogenetic reassessment of the enigmatic Machaeromeryx tragulus (Artiodactyla, Ruminantia) from Upper Harrison (Lower Miocene) of Nebraska. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 143.

Calamari, Z. T., & Ragni, A. J. (2020). Morphological correlates of knuckle-walking: assessing carpal convergence to understand the origins of human bipedalism. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology,

Calamari, Z. T. (2017). Are bones enough? Using genomic evidence to assess hoofed mammal cranial appendage homology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 91.

Grohe, C., Lee, B., Calamari, Z. T., & Flynn, J. J. (2017). Run cheetah run: evidence of a recent sensory perception specialization for high-speed hunting (Poster). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 122-123.

Calamari, Z. T. (2016). Beneath the sheaths: do horn cores of bovids (Artiodactyla, Mammalia) represent living horn shape in geometric morphometric analyses?. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 108.

Calamari, Z. T. (2015). No bone unturned: detecting hard tissue synapomorphies for bovids (Artiodactyla, Mammalia) through total evidence analyses of morphology and mitochondrial, nuclear, and ancient DNA. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 101.

Calamari, Z. T. (2014). A next generation transcriptomics approach to testing homologies in hoofed mammal cranial appendages (Poster). Evolution 2014 Abstracts, 410.

Calamari, Z. T. (2014). Exploring development in the fossil record with ancestral state reconstruction of cranial appendages (Poster). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 103.

Cherney, M. D., Calamari, Z. T., & Fisher, D. C. (2013). No observed effects of climate change on Snowmass mastodon tusk growth. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 104.

Fisher, D. C., Cherney, M. D., Rountrey, A. N., & Calamari, Z. T. (2013). Paleobiology of Snowmass proboscideans (Pleistocene, Colorado). Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 854.

Fisher, D. C., El Adli, J., & Calamari, Z. T. (2013). 3D osteology of the American mastodon. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 127.

Whalen, C. D., Shirley, E., Fisher, D. C., Rountrey, A. N., Calamari, Z. T., Tikhonov, A. N., Buigues, B., Grigoriev, S., Holmes, C. E., & Lacombat, F. (2012). 3D visualization and analysis of CT imaging in two mammoth calves. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 370.

Fisher, D. C., Cherney, M. D., Rountrey, A. N., Beld, S. G., & Calamari, Z. T. (2012). Snowmass mastodon tusks as records of life and death: perspectives on climate change and circumstances of death. Denver Museum of Nature and Science Technical Report 2012-5: Program and Abstracts for the First Snowmastodon Science Team Meeting, 11-12.

Cherney, M. D., Fisher, D. C., Rountrey, A. N., & Calamari, Z. T. (2012). Isotope analyses support use of CT scans for identifying annual increments in Snowmass mastodon mandibular tusks. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 77.

Cherney, M. D., Fisher, D. C., Rountrey, A. N., & Calamari, Z. T. (2012). <p>Isotope analyses support use of CT scans for identifying annual increments in Snowmass mastodon tusks</p>. Denver Museum of Nature and Science Technical Report 2012-5: Program and Abstracts for the First Snowmastodon Science Team Meeting, 8-9.

Journal Articles

Calamari, Z. T., & Flynn, J. J. (2024). Gene expression supports a single origin of horns and antlers in hoofed mammals. COMMUNICATIONS BIOLOGY, 7(509). 1-14.

Calamari, Z. T., Song, A., Cohen, E., Akter, M., Roy, R. D., Hallikas, O., Christensen, M. M., Li, P., Marangoni, P., Jernvall, J., & Klein, O. D. (2023). Vole genomics links determinate and indeterminate growth of teeth. preprint at bioRxiv,

Calamari, Z. T. (2021). Total evidence analysis supports new synapomorphies for Bovidae (Mammalia, Artiodactyla). AMERICAN MUSEUM NOVITATES, 3970.

Calamari, Z. T., Hu, J. K., & Klein, O. D. (2018). Tissue mechanical forces and evolutionary developmental changes act through space and time to shape tooth morphology and function. BIOESSAYS, 40(12).

Calamari, Z. T., & Fossum, R. (2017). Shape disparity of bovid (Mammalia, Artiodactyla) horn sheaths and horn cores allows discrimination by species in 3D geometric morphometric analyses. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY, 279(3). 361-374.

Zelditch, M. L., Calamari, Z. T., & Swiderski, D. L. (2016). Disparate postnatal ontogenies do not add to the shape disparity of infants. EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 43(2). 188-207.

Calamari, Z. T. (2016). Sexual maturity and shape development in cranial appendages of extant ruminants. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 6(21). 7820-7830.

Fisher, D. C., Shirley, E. A., Whalen, C. D., Calamari, Z. T., Rountrey, A. N., Tikhonov, A. N., Buigues, B., Lacombat, F., Grigoriev, S., & Lazarev, P. A. (2014). X-ray computed tomography of two mammoth calf mummies. JOURNAL OF PALEONTOLOGY, 88(4). 664-675.

Miller, I. M., Pigati, J. S., Anderson, R. S., Johnson, K. R., Mahan, S. A., Ager, T. A., Baker, R. G., Blaauw, M., Bright, J., Brown, P. M., Bryant, B., Calamari, Z. T., Carrara, P. E., Cherney, M. D., Demboski, J. R., Elias, S. A., Fisher, D. C., Gray, H. J., Haskett, D. R., Honke, J. S., Jackson, S. T., Jimenez-Moreno, G., Kline, D., Leonard, E. M., Lifton, N. A., Lucking, C., McDonald, H. G., Miller, D. M., Muhs, D. R., Nash, S. E., Newton, C., Paces, J. B., Petrie, L., Plummer, M. A., Porinchu, D. F., Rountrey, A. N., Scott, E., Sharpe, S. E., Skipp, G. L., Strickland, L. E., Stucky, R. K., Thompson, R. S., & Wilson, J. (2014). Summary of the Snowmastodon Project special volume: A high-elevation, multi-proxy biotic and environmental record of MIS 6-4 from the Ziegler Reservoir fossil site, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA. QUATERNARY RESEARCH, 82(3). 618-634.

Fisher, D. C., Cherney, M. D., Newton, C., Rountrey, A. N., Calamari, Z. T., Stucky, R. K., Lucking, C., & Petrie, L. (2014). Taxonomic overview and tusk growth analyses of Ziegler Reservoir proboscideans. QUATERNARY RESEARCH, 82(3). 518-532.

Presentations

Calamari, Z. T. (2024, April 21). Cranial appendage gene expression dynamics. Northeast Regional Vertebrate Evolution Symposium.

Calamari, Z. T. (2024, April 21). Horn and antler gene expression dynamics and evolution. : New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers Federated Department of Biology.

Calamari, Z. T., & Flynn, J. J. Assessing horn and antler homology with high-throughput transcriptomics and machine learning. Northeast Regional Vertebrate Evolution Symposium.

Finck, C. E., & Calamari, Z. T. Revisiting Machaeromeryx with a total evidence phylogeny, and insights into the relationships of blastomerycine artiodactyls. Northeast Regional Vertebrate Evolution Symposium.

Calamari, Z. T. The fossil record of Artiodactyla. Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History

Calamari, Z. T., & Flynn, J. J. (2019, June 21). Are horns and antlers homologous? High-throughput-transcriptomic tests of cranial appendage evolutionary origins. Evolution 2019. Providence, RI: Society for the Study of Evolution, Society of Systematic Biologists, and American Society of Naturalists.

Calamari, Z. T. (2019, April 19). The fossil record of Artiodactyla. Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History

Calamari, Z. T. (2019, February 7). Investigating the homology of ruminant cranial appendages. Baruch College, CUNY: Baruch BioMed Society.

Other Scholarly Works

Calamari, Z. T. (2023). Mammals with Headgear (permanent exhibit), American Museum of Natural History.