Professor of Biology
B.A., New York University, 1970
M.S., University of Arizona, 1975
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1980
I am a vertebrate paleontologist and my principal research is the study of fossil rodents and carnivores. My papers have stressed systematics, but also involve biostratigraphy, biogeography and paleoecology. My current research includes the study of the stratigraphy and paleontology of the Quaternary deposits of the Nueces River valley and the systematics of fossil procyonids.
I teach a variety of courses (I have taught 27 total at TAMUK), including Mammalogy, Paleontology, Evolutionary Theory, and Animal Physiology. The eight graduate student theses I have directed deal with micropaleontology, paleoecology, stratigraphy, and kangaroo rats.
Complete Publication List
My five most cited publications according to Google Scholar
Baskin, J. A. 1998. Procyonidae; pp. 144-151, in Janis, C., K. M. Scott, and L. L. Jacobs (eds.), Evolution of Tertiary Mammals of North America. Cambridge University Press.
Baskin, J. A. 1998. Mustelidae; pp. 152-173, in Janis, C., K. M. Scott, and L. L. Jacobs (eds.), Evolution of Tertiary Mammals of North America. Cambridge University Press.
Baskin, J. A. 1986. The late Miocene radiation of Neotropical sigmodontine rodents in North America. in Flanagan, K. M. and Lillegraven, J. A. (eds.), Vertebrates, phylogeny, and philosophy. University of Wyoming Contributions to Geology. Special Paper, 3:287-303.
Baskin, J. A. 1982. Tertiary Procyoninae (Mammalia, Carnivora) of North
America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2:71-93.
Baskin, J. A. 1978. Bensonomys, Calomys, and the origin of the phyllotine group of Neotropical cricetines (Rodentia, Cricetidae). Journal of Mammalogy, 59:125-135.