V. Louise Roth
Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
In addition to conceptual work on the biological bases of homology, variation, and parallel evolution, my research has focused on evolutionary changes in size and shape in mammals: the functional consequences of these changes, and the evolutionary modifications of ontogenetic processes that produce them. This work makes use of DNA sequences, morphometric data, and geographic distributions to study macroevolutionary changes within a phylogenetic context. Projects have included DNA sequence phylogenies of squirrels, experimental work on prenatal maternal effects on body size in large insular deermice, and morphometric studies of growth in elephants, dwarfism in an insular (Pleistocene) dwarf mammoth, and gigantism in insular deermice.
Roth, V. L. “Quantitative variation in elephant dentitions: Implications for the delimitation of fossil species.” Paleobiology, vol. 18, no. 2, Jan. 1992, pp. 184–202. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0094837300013968. Full Text
Roth, V. L. “Inferences from allometry and fossils: dwarfing of elephants on islands.” Oxford Surveys in Evolutionary Biology. Vol. 8, Jan. 1992, pp. 259–88.
Roth, V. L. “Homology and hierarchies: Problems solved and unresolved.” Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 4, no. 2, Jan. 1991, pp. 167–94. Scopus, doi:10.1046/j.1420-9101.1991.4020167.x. Full Text
Roth, V. L., and J. Shoshani. “Dental identification and age determination in Elephas maximus..” Journal of Zoology, vol. 214, 1988, pp. 567–88.
Roth, V. L., and M. S. Klein. “Maternal effects on body size of large insular Peromyscus maniculatus: evidence from embryo transfer experiments..” Journal of Mammalogy, vol. 67, 1986, pp. 37–45.
Roth, V. L. “How elephants grow: heterochrony and the calibration of developmental stages in some living and fossil species.” Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 4, 1984, pp. 126–45.
Cushing, J., et al. “Fossil mammoths from Santa Cruz Island, California.” Quaternary Research, vol. 21, no. 3, Jan. 1984, pp. 376–84. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0033-5894(84)90076-0. Full Text
Roth, V. L., and R. W. Thorington. “Relative brain size among African squirrels..” Journal of Mammalogy, vol. 63, 1982, pp. 168–73.