Gregory Herbert

Associate Professor & Director, Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment


Office: NES 215
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. 

Former Lab Members (Current Position)

  • Dr. Nasser Al Qattan, PhD, 2018 (Assistant Professor, University of Kuwait)
  • Kaydee West, MS, 2016 (PhD student, University of Alabama)
  • Dr. Subhronil Mondal, PhD, 2015 (Assistant Professor, University of Calcutta)
  • Dr. Shubhabrata Paul, PhD, 2013 (Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology)
  • Heather (Bender) Ferrie, MS, 2013 (Instructor, University of Montana)
  • Dr. Jack Hutchings, MS, 2012 (Research Scientist, Washington University)
  • Dr. Jennifer Sliko, PhD, 2010 (Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State)
  • Dr. Lisa Whitenack, Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2009 (Associate Professor, Allegheny College)
  • Dr. Julie (McKnight) Konkel, MS, 2009 (Watershed Coordinator, Blount County, Tennessee)

Graduate Students

Aaron Avery
Lauren Carter
Matthew Hayes

Specialty Area

Paleobiology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Marine Science

Recent Publications

Radabaugh, K., S. Hesterberg, S. King, G. S. Herbert, P. Frederick, and W. Pine, 2019. Chapter 4: Big Bend and Springs Coast, In: Oyster Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Project Report for the State of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Technical Report.

Pio, M. J., G. Bigatti, D. Galvan, K. J. West, and G. S. Herbert. 2019. Did enemy release from native predators contribute to rapid invasion of the barnacle Balanus glandula on north Patagonia rocky shores. Marine and Freshwater Research.

Zimmt, J. B., R. Lockwood, C. F. T. Andrus, and G. S. Herbert, 2019. Sclerochronological bias for growth increment counting: a reliable technique for life-span determination of Crassostrea virginica from the Mid-Atlantic United States. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 516:54-63.

Herbert, G. S. 2018. Evidence for intense biotic interactions in the eastern Gulf of Mexico after a two million year hiatus: inferences from muricid edge drilling behavior. Journal of Molluscan Studies 84:426-431.

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.

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.