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  1. McClain, C. R., C. L. Nunnally, A. Chapman, and J. Barry. (2018). Energetic increases lead to richness increases through niche space expansion and packing Biology Letters in review.

  2. McClain, C. R., N. A. Heim, M. L. Knope, and J. L. Payne. (2018). Energy availability and the evolutionary paleoecology of the marine biosphere. Paleobiology in press.

  3. McClain, C. R., M. C. Benfield, and T. J. Webb. (2018). The metabolic niche and biodiversity. American  Naturalist in review.

  4. McClain, C. R., J. P. Barry, and T. J. Webb. (2018). Increased energy differentially increases richness and abundance of optimal body sizes in deep-sea wood falls. Ecology 99:184-195.

  5. Gearty, W., J. L. Payne, and C. R. McClain. (2018). Energetics both promote and limit aquatic mammal gigantisms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, U.S.A. in press.

  6. Webb, T. J., J. P. Barry, and C. R. McClain. (2017). Abundance-occupancy relationships in deep-sea wood-fall communties. Ecography 40:1339-1347.

  7. Uyeda, J. C., M. W. Pennell, E. T. Miller, R. Maia, and C. R. McClain. (2017). The evolution of energetic scaling across the vertebrate tree of life. American Naturalist 190:185-199.

  8. McClain, C. R., J. Conover, J. Conover, B. J. Roberts, and V. Schutte. (2017). Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin online early.

  9. McClain, C. R. (2017). Practices and promises of Facebook for science outreach: Becoming a ‘nerd of trust’ PloS Biology 15:e2002020.

  10. Stuart, C. T., S. Brault, G. T. Rowe, C.-L. Wei, M. Wagstaff, C. R. McClain, and M. A. Rex. (2016). Nestedness and species replacement along bathymetric gradients in the deep sea reflect productivity: a test with polychaete assemblages in the oligotrophic north-west Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Biogeography 44:548-555.

  11. McClain, C. R., J. P. Barry, D. Eernisse, T. Horton, J. Judge, K. Kakui, C. L. Mah, and A. Waren. (2016). Multiple processes generate productivity-diversity relationships in experimental wood-fall communities. Ecology 97:885-898

  12. Smith, F.A., J.L. Payne, M. Balk, S. Finnegan, N.A. Heim, M. Kowalewski, S.K. Lyons, C.R. McClain, D.W. McShea, P.M. Novack-Gottshall, P.A. Spaeth Anich and S.C. Wang (2016) Body size evolution across the Geozoic. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. 44:523–53
  13. McClain, C.R.,P. Barry, D. Eernisse, T. Horton, J. Judge, K. Kakui, C. Mah, and A. Warén (2016) Multiple processes generate productivity-diversity relationships in experimental wood-fall communities. Ecology 97: 885–898
  14. Nunn, C.L., S.C. Alberts, R. McClain, S. Meshnick, T.J. Vison, B.M. Weigmann, A.G. Rodrigo (2015) Linking Evolution, Ecology, and Health: TriCEM. Bioscience, 8;748-749
  15. McClain, C.R. and M.A. Rex (2015) Toward a conceptual understanding of beta-diversity in the deep-sea benthos. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 46:623-642
  16. Orzechowski, E., R. Lockwood, J. Byrnes, S. Anderson, S. Finnegan, P. Harnik, Z.V. Finkel, D. Lindberg, L. Liow, H. Lotze, R. McClain, J. McGuire, A. O’Dea, J. Pandolfi, C. Simpson, and D. Tittensor (2015) Marine extinction risk shaped by trait-environment interactions over 500 million years. Global Change Biology, 10:3595–3607
  17. Finnegan, S., S.C. Anderson, P.G. Harnik, C. Simpson, D.P. Tittensor, J.E. Byrnes, Z.V. Finkel, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, R. Lockwood, H. Lotze, R. McClain, J.L. McGurie, A. O’Dean, and J.M. Pandolfi (2015) Paleontological baselines for evaluating extinction risk in the modern oceans. Science 348:567-570
  18. McClain, C.R. and T. Schlacher (2015) On some hypotheses of diversity of animal life at great depths on the seafloor. Marine Ecology online early
  19. Bik, H.M., A.D.M. Dove, M.C. Goldstein, R. Helm, R. MacPherson, K. Martini, A. Warneke, R. McClain (2015) Ten simple rules for effective online outreach. PLOS Computational Biology 11:e1003906
  20. McClain, R., M.A. Balk, M.C. Benfield, T.A. Branch, C. Chen, J. Cosgrove, A. Dove, R.R. Helm, F.G.E. Hochberg, L.C. Gaskins, F.B. Lee, S.E. McMurray, C. Schanche, S.N. Stone, and A.D. Thaler (2015) Sizing ocean giants: patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna. Peer J, 2:e715
  21. Martin, L.J., R.R. Dunn, R. Adams, A. Bateman, H.M. Bik, J. Hawks, S. Hird, D. Hughes, S. Kembel, K. Kinney, S.-O. Kolokotronis, C. Levy, R. McClain, J.F. Meadow, R. Medina, G. Mhuireach, C. Moreau, J. Munshi-South, C. Palmer, L. Popova, C. Schal, M. Taubel, M. Trautwein, J. Ugalde, (2015) Evolution of the indoor biome Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30:223-232
  22. McClain C.R. and L. Lundsten (2015) Assemblage structure is related to slope and depth on a deep offshore Pacific seamount chain. Marine Ecology 36:210-220
  23. McClain, C.R. and L. Neeley (2015) A critical evaluation of science outreach via social media: its role and impact on scientistsFaculty of 1000 Research 3:300
  24. McClain, C.R., R. Filler, and J.R. Auld (2014) Does energy availability predicts diversity in gastropod reproductive strategies? Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 281:20140400
  25. McClain, C.R. and J. Barry (2014) Beta-diversity on deep-sea wood falls reflects gradients in energy availability. Biology Letters 10:20140129
  26. Payne, J., N. Heim, M. Knope, R. McClain (2014) Metabolic dominance of bivalves predates brachiopod diversity decline by 200 million years. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 281:20133122
  27. Brault, S., C.T. Stuart, M.C. Wagstaff, R. McClain, J.A. Allen, M.A. Rex (2013) Contrasting patterns of α- and β-diversity in deep-sea bivalves of the eastern and western North Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research II 92:157-164
  28. Rodrigo A., S. Alberts, K. Cranston, J. Kingsolver, H. Lapp, R. McClain, R. Smith, T. Vision, J. Weintraub, and B. Weigmann(2013) Science Incubators: Synthesis Centers and Their Role in the Research Ecosystem. PLoS Biology 11: e1001468
  29. McClain, C.R., P.A.P. Durst, A.G. Boyer, and C.D. Francis (2013) Unraveling the determinants of insular body size shifts. Biology Letters 9:1-3
  30. Payne, J.L., F.A. Smith, M. Kowalewski, R.A. Krause, A.G. Boyer, R. McClain, S. Finnegan, P.M. Novack-Gottshall, and L. Sheble (2012) A lack of attribution: closing the citation gap through a reform of citation and indexing practices. Taxon. Online early
  31. Thaler, A.D., K.A. Zelnio, A. Freitag, R. MacPherson, D. Shiffman, H. Bik, M.C. Goldstein, and R. McClain (2012). Digital Environmentalism: Tools and strategies for the evolving online ecosystem. In D. Gallagher (ed.) Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook.SAGE Reference
  32. Harnik, P.G., H.K. Lotze, S.C. Anderson, Z.V. Finkel, S. Finnegan, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, R. Lockwood, R. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O’Dea, J.M. Pandolfi, C. Simpson, and D.P. Tittensor (2012) Extinctions in ancient and modern seas. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 27:608-617
  33. McClain, C.R., A.P. Allen, D.P. Tittensor, and M.A. Rex (2012) The Energetics of Life on the Deep Seafloor. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, U.S.A. 38:15366-15371
  34. McClain, C.R., P. Unmack, J. Jackson-Ricketts, and T. Gullet (2012). Increased Energy Promotes Size-Based Niche Availability in Marine Mollusks. Evolution 66:2204-2215
  35. McClain, C.R., J.C. Stegen, and A.H. Hurlbert (2012) Dispersal, Niche Dynamics, and Oceanic Patterns in Beta-Diversity in Deep-Sea Bivalves. Proceeding of the Royal Society, B 22:1993-2002
  36. Kowalewski, M., J.L. Payne, F.A. Smith, S.C. Wang, D.W. McShea, S. Xiao, P.M. Novack-Gottshall, R. McClain, R.A. Krause, A.G. Boyer, S. Finnegan, S.K. Lyons, J.A. Stempien, J. Alroy, and P.A. Spaeth (2011) The Geozoic Supereon. Paleos 26:251-255
  37. Tittensor, D.P., M.A. Rex, C.T. Stuart, R. McClain, and C.R. Smith (2011) Species-energy relationships in deep-sea mollusks, Biology Letters, 7:718-722
  38. McClain, C.R., J.Nekola, L.Kuhnz, and J. Barry (2011) Local-scale faunal turnover on the deep Pacific floor. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 442:193-200
  39. Finnegan, S., C.R. McClain, M.A. Kosnik, and J.L. Payne (2011) Escargot through time: an energetic comparison of marine gastropod assemblages before and after the Mesozoic Marine Revolution. Paleobiology, 37:252-269
  40. Payne, J.L., C.R. McClain, A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R.A. Krause Jr., S.K. Lyons, D.W. McShea, P.M. Novack-Gottshall, F.A. Smith, J.A. Stempien, and S.C. Wang (2011) The evolutionary consequences of oxygenic photosynthesis: a body size perspective. Photosynthesis Research, 107:37-57
  41. Rex, M.A., C.T. Stuart, R.J. Etter, and R. McClain (2010) Biogeography of the deep-sea gastropod Oocorys sulcata Fischer 1884. Journal of Conchology 40: 287-290
  42. McClain, C.R. and S. Hardy (2010) The dynamics of biogeographic ranges in the deep sea. Proceeding of the Royal Society, B, 277:3533-3546
  43. McClain, C.R., L. Lundsten, J. Barry, and A. DeVogelaere (2010) Assemblage structure, but not diversity or density, change with depth on a northeast Pacific seamount. Marine Ecology, 31:1-12
  44. McClain, C.R. and Barry, J.P (2010) Habitat heterogeneity, biogenic disturbance, and resource availability work in concert to regulate biodiversity in deep submarine canyons. Ecology, 91:964-976
  45. McClain, C.R.,A. Rex, and R.J. Etter. (2009) Macroecological Patterns in the Deep Sea. In Marine Marcoecology. Eds. K. Roy and J. Whitman. University of Chicago Press
  46. Lundsten, L., R. McClain, J.P. Barry, G.M. Caillet, D.A. Clague, A. DeVogelaere, and J.B. Geller (2009) Ichthyofauna on three seamounts off southern and central California. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 398:223-232
  47. McClain, C.R. and A.G. Boyer (2009) Biodiversity and body size are linked across metazoans. Proceedings of Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276: 2209-2215 [Highlighted by Faculty of 1000]
  48. McClain, C.R., L. Lundsten, M. Ream, J. Barry, and A. DeVogelaere (2009) Endemicity, Biogeography, Composition, and Community Structure On a Northeast Pacific Seamount. PLoS One, 4:e4141
  49. Payne, J.L., A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R.A. Krause Jr., S.K. Lyons, R. McClain, D.W. McShea, P.M. Novack-Gottshall, F.A. Smith, J.A. Stempien, and S.C. Wang (2009) Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, U.S.A., 1:24-27 [Highlighted by Faculty of 1000]
  50. McClain, C.R. and J.C. Nekola (2008) The role of local-scale process on terrestrial and deep-sea gastropod body size distributions across multiple scales. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 10:129-146
  51. McClain, C.R. (2007). Guest Editorial: Seamounts: Identity Crisis or Split Personality? Journal of Biogeography, 34:2001-2008
  52. Johnson, N.A., M.A. Rex, J.W. Campbell, R. McClain, T.S. Moore, and M.D. Dowell (2007) The relationship between the standing stock of deep-sea macrobenthos and surface production in the western North Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research, 54:1350-1360
  53. McClain, C.R., E.P. White, and A.H. Hurlbert (2007) Challenges in the application of geometric constraint models. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 16:257-264
  54. Rex, M.A., R.J. Etter, J.S. Morris, J. Crouse, R. McClain, N.A. Johnson, C.T. Stuart, R. Thies, R. Avery (2006) Global bathymetric patterns of standing stock and body size in the deep-sea benthos. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 317:1-8 [featured article]
  55. McClain, C.R. and J. Crouse (2006) The influence of ecological role on bathymetric patterns of deep-sea species: size clines in parasitic gastropods. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 320:161-167
  56. McClain, C.R., A. Boyer, G. Rosenberg (2006) The island rule and the evolution of body size in the deep sea. Journal of Biogeography, 33:1578-1584 [featured article]
  57. McClain, C.R., (2005) Bathymetric patterns of morphological disparity in deep-sea gastropods from the western North Atlantic Basin. Evolution, 59:1492-1499
  58. McClain, C.R., M.A. Rex, and R. Jabbour. (2005) Deconstructing bathymetric patterns of body size in deep-sea gastropods. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 297:181-187
  59. Rex, M.A., R. McClain, N.A. Johnson, R.J. Etter, J.A. Allen, P. Bouchet, A. Warén (2005) A source-sink hypothesis for abyssal biodiversity. American Naturalist, 165:163-178 [Am. Nat. Highlight Paper of 2005]
  60. McClain, C.R., and Etter, R.J. (2005) Mid-domain models as predictors of species diversity patterns: a case study using bathymetric diversity gradients in the deep sea. Oikos, 109:555-566
  61. McClain, C.R. (2004) Connecting species richness, abundance, and body size in deep-sea gastropods. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 13: 327-334
  62. McClain, C.R., M.A. Rex, and N. Johnson (2004) Morphological disparity as a biodiversity metric in lower bathyal and abyssal gastropod assemblages. Evolution, 58:338-348
  63. Linse, K., M. Schrödl, R. McClain, and L. Allcock (2003) Mollusca in the Antarctic deep sea-preliminary notes on their taxonomy, biogeography, and diversity. Reports on Polar and Marine Research (ANDEEP I & II: Antarctic benthic deep-sea biodiversity). 470:95-101
  64. McClain, C.R., M. Fougerolle, M.A. Rex, and J. Welch. (2001) MOCNESS estimates of thesSize and abundance of a pelagic Gonostomatid fish (Cyclothone pallida) off the Bahamas. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 81:869-871
  65. McClain, C.R. and Rex, M.A. (2001) The relationship between dissolved oxygen concentration and maximum size in deep-sea Turrid gastropods: an application of quantile regression. Marine Biology, 139: 681-685


Popular Writings

McClain, C.R. (2005) The Gold-Footed Snail. American Conchologist, 32:32-35

McClain, C.R. and J.C. Nekola (2007) Notes on two cases of molluscan biogeography. American Conchologist, 35:4-7

McClain, C.R. and P. Etnoyer (2007) Our Ocean Futures: The Glass Half-Empty and The Glass Half-Full. In The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs 2007. Eds. R.A. Cartwright and B. Zivkovic.

McClain, C.R. (2008) Giants and dwarfs in the deep sea. Cosmos, 21

McClain, C.R. (2010) Archangel with Aqualung A review of Matsen’s The Sea King. American Scientist

McClain, C.R. (2010) An Empire Lacking Food. American Scientist

McClain, C.R. (2011) The Extinction of Species and Scientists Studying Them, Wired

McClain, C.R. (2011) Scientists Take Charles Darwin on the Road, Miller-McCune

McClain, C.R. (2012) What the deep seas tell us about life on other planets io9

McClain, C.R. (2012) On Sticking Your Arm Into an Underwater Cavern and Hoping a Catfish Bites You Mental Floss

McClain, C.R. (2013) Where There’s Heat, There Are Cockroaches Scientific American

McClain, C.R. (2015) 12 Whirling Facts About TornadoesMental Floss

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