Research Publications

Rhizosolenia cretacea lies before the microscope,
like an expensive chandelier with many parts.
But more intricate.

In life this shared time with dinosaurs.
After an ancient death it settled to the deep,
to be covered by kilometers of later kin.
Finally to be exhumed by a drilling bit.

A diatom. So small, so old, so alien.
So much beauty so far from our grasp.
It exists in greater numbers than the mind can comprehend.

grand prize winner, 1991.
Poetry Fellowship of Maine


1. McCartney, K. (1984): The Cretaceous/Tertiary extinction controversy, Journal of Geological Education, 32:306-309.

2. McCartney, K. and Nienstedt, J. (1986): The Cretaceous/Tertiary extinction controversy revisited, Journal of Geological Education, 34:90-94.

3. Loper, D. E. and McCartney, K. (1986): Mantle plumes and the periodicity of magnetic field reversals, Geophysical Research Letters. 13:1525-1528.

4. McCartney, K. (1987): Siliceous sponge spicules from Deep Sea Drilling Project Leg 93, Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project, 93:801-814.

5. McCartney, K. and Wise, S. W., Jr. (1987): Silicoflagellates and ebridians from Deep Sea Drilling Project Leg 93, Site 604 and 605 (New Jersey Transect), Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project, 93:815-823.

6. McCartney, K. (1987): Silicoflagellates, ebridians and archaeomonads, In: Fossil Procaryotes and Protists: Notes for a Short Course (Jere Lipps, ed.), Paleontological Society and Cushman Foundation; for GSA Meeting, November, 1987.

7. Loper, D. E., McCartney, K. and Buzyna, G. (1988): A model of correlated episodicity in magnetic-field reversals, climate and mass extinctions, Journal of Geology, 88:1-15.

8. McCartney, K. (1988): SILICO: A computer program for the three-dimensional measurement of silicoflagellate skeletons, Computers and Geosciences, 14:99-111.

9. Loper, D. E. and McCartney, K. (1988): A possible endogenous mechanism explaining shocked quartz found at the K/T boundary, EOS Transactions AGU, 69:961-972.

10. McCartney, K. and Loper, D. E. (1989): Emergence of a rival paradigm to account for the Cretaceous/Tertiary transition, Journal of Geological Education, 37:36-48.

11. McCartney, K. and Loper, D. E. (1989): Mathematical modeling of Dictyocha and Distephanus skeletal morphology, Paleobiology, 15:283-298.

12. McCartney, K. (1990): Siliceous sponge spicules from Ocean Drilling Program Leg 113, Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 113:963-970.

13. McCartney, K. and Wise, S. W., Jr. (1990): Silicoflagellates and ebridians from Ocean Drilling Program Leg 113: Biostratigraphy and notes on morphologic variability, Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 113:729-760.

14. McCartney, K., Wise, S. W., Jr., Harwood, D. M. and Gersonde, R. (1990): An enigmatic lower Albian silicoflagellate from ODP Site 693: Progentiors of the Order Silicoflagellata?, Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 113:427-442.

15. Gersonde, R., Abelmann, A., Burkle, L. H., Lazarus, D., McCartney, K., Hamilton, N., Spieb, V. and Wise, S. W., Jr. (1990): Biostratigraphy of Neogene siliceous microfossils from the Antarctic Ocean, ODP Leg 113 (Weddell Sea), Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 113:915-936.

16. McCartney, K., Huffman, A. R. and Tredoux, M. (1991): A paradigm for endogenous causation of mass extinctions, In: Proceedings of the Snowbird II conference: Global Catastrophies in Earth History, Geological Society of America Special Paper 247:125-138

17. Loper, D. E. and McCartney, K. (1991): Impacts as a cause of mantle plumes and flood basalts, In: Proceedings of the Snowbird II conference: Global Catastrophies in Earth History, Geological Society of America Special Paper 247:19-25.

18. McCartney, K. (1992): Preparing a term paper for a Physical Geology course. Journal of Geological Education 40:62-65.

19. Ahlbach, W. J.* and McCartney, K. (1992): Sponge spicules from Ocean Drilling Program Hole 749B. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 120:833-837. *William Ahlbach did this work as an undergraduate student at the University of Maine.

20. McCartney, K. and Harwood, D. (1992): Silicoflagellates from Ocean Drilling Program Leg 120 on the Kerguelen Plateau, Southwest Indian Ocean. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 120:811-831.

21. Harwood, D. M., Lazarus, D., Abelmann, A., Aubry, M. P., Berggren, W. A., Heider, F., Inokuchi, H., Maruyama, T., McCartney, K., Wei, W., Wise, S. W., Jr. (1992): Neogene integrated magnetobiostratigraphy of the Central Kerguelen Plateau, ODP Leg 120. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 120:1031-1052.

22. McCartney, K. and Loper, D. E. (1992): Optimized skeletal morphologies of the silicoflagellate genus Corbisema. Micropaleontology, 38:87-93.

23. Zolnik, R.*, McCartney, K. and White, L. D. (1992): Siliceous sponge spicules from ODP Site 795. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 127:541-544. *Ryszard Zolnik did this work as an undergraduate student at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

24. McCartney, K., Kimball, R. L. and Swetnam, J. (1992): Teaching Physical Geology and laboratory courses by intective television. Journal of Geological Education, 40:367-372.

25. McCartney, K. (1993): Silicoflagellates. In: Fossil Prokaryotes and Protists (Jere Lipps, ed.), Blackwell Scientific Publications, pp. 143-154.

26. Ernissee, J. and McCartney, K. (1993): Ebridians. In: Fossil Prokaryotes and Protists (Jere Lipps, ed.), Blackwell Scientific Publications, pp. 131-140.

27. Ernissee, J. and McCartney, K. (1993): Endoskeletal dinoflagellates. In: Fossil Prokaryotes and Protists (Jere Lipps, ed.), Blackwell Scientific Publications, pp. 128-129.

28. McCartney, K. and Wise, S. W., Jr. (1993): Unusual silicoflagellate skeletal morphologies from the Upper Miocene/Lower Pliocene: Possible Ecophenotypic indicators? In, Kennett, J. P. and Warnke, D. A. (editors), The Antarctic Paleoenvironment: A Perspective on Global Change, Antarctic Research Series, Volume 60:195-206.

29. McCartney, K., Loper, D. E. and Ernissee, J. (1994): Optimal models of silicoflagellate skeletal morphology and implications concerning skeletal latticeworks. Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences, Number 17, Proceedings of the XIth International Symposium on Living and Fossil Diatoms, California Academy of Science, 87-94.

McCartney, K. (1994): Ocean drilling: Undergraduate research goes to sea. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly [non-reviewed], 14:193-196.

30. McCartney, K., Churchill, S.* and Woestendiek, L.* (1995): Silicoflagellates and ebridians from ODP Leg 138, Eastern Equatorial Pacific. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 138:129-162. *Sherry Churchill and Linda Woestendiek were undergraduate students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

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31. McCartney, K. (1995): Silicoflagellates. In: Blome, C. D., Whalen, P. M. and Reed, K. M. (editors), Siliceous Microfossils, Short Courses in Paleontology, Number 8, 159-176.

32. Ernissee, J. J. and McCartney, K. (1995): Ebridians and endoskeletal dinoflagellates. In: Blome, C. D., Whalen, P. M. and Reed, K. M. (editors), Siliceous Microfossils, Short Courses in Paleontology, Number 8, 177-185.

33. Lurvey, L. K.*, McCartney, K., and Wei, W. (1998): Sponge Spicules, silicoflagellates and ebridians from ODP Site 918D, Greenland. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, 152:191-199. *Kirk Lurvey was an undergraduate student at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, now graduate student at U-Maine.

34. Harris, C. D. and McCartney, K. (1999): Using the Internet in Preparing a Term Paper for a Physical Geology Course. Journal of Geoscience Education, 47:17-22.

35. McCartney, K., Engel, R.*, Reed, T.*, Williamson, R.*, Bohaty, S. M., and Wise, S. W., Jr. (2003): Silicoflagellates from ODP Holes 1138A and 1040A, Kerguelen Plateau. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, Leg 183. http://www-odp.tamu.edu/publications/183_SR/011/011.htm *Robb Engel, Tracy Reed and Rita Williamson were undergraduate students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

36. Engel, R., and McCartney, K. (2005): Silicoflagellates recovered from the deep sea, Ocean Drilling Program Leg 199, Site 1219, East Equatorial Pacific. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, Leg 199. http://www-odp.tamu.edu/publications/199_SR/202/202_.htm *Robb Engel, Tracy Reed and Rita Williamson were undergraduate students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

37. McCartney, K., Engel, R.*, Reed, T.*, and Williamson, R.* (2006): Silicoflagellates and ebridians recovered from Leg 199 Sites 1215, 1216, 1217, 1218 and 1220, East Equatorial Pacific. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, Leg 199. http://www-odp.tamu.edu/publications/199_SR/210/210_.htm *Robb Engel, Tracy Reed and Rita Williamson were undergraduate students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

38. Power, C. P., and McCartney, K. (2006): Silicoflagellates recovered from Ocean Drilling Program Leg 207 Sites 1257 and 1258. Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, Leg 207. http://www-odp.tamu.edu/publications/207_SR/111/111.htm *Chris Power was an undergraduate student at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

39. McCartney, K., Harwood, D.M., Witkowski, J., 2010: A rare double skeleton of the silicoflagellate Corbisema. Journal of Micropaleontology, 29: 185-186.

40. McCartney, K., Witkowski, J., Harwood, D.M., 2010: Early Evolution of the Silicoflagellates during the Cretaceous. Marine Micropaleontology, 77: 83-100.

41. McCartney, K., Harwood, D.M., Witkowski, J., 2011: Unusual examples of the silicoflagellate Lyramula simplex from the Campanian of northwestern Canada. Journal of Nannoplankton Research, 32: 33-40.

42. McCartney, K., Witkowski, J., Harwood, D.M., 2011: Late Cretaceous silicoflagellate taxonomy and biostratigraphy of the Arctic Margin, Northwest Territories, Canada. Micropaleontology, , 57: 61-86.

43. McCartney, K., Witkowski, J., Harwood, D.M., 2011: Unusual early assemblages of Upper Cretaceous silicoflagellates from the Canadian Archipelago. Revue de Micropaléontologie , 54: 31-58.

44. Witkowski, J., Bohaty, S. M., McCartney, K. and Harwood, D. M. 2012. Enhanced siliceous plankton productivity in response to middle Eocene warming at Southern Ocean ODP Sites 748 and 749. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 326–328: 78–94.

45. McCartney, K., 2013. A review of past and recent research on Cretaceous silicoflagellates. Phytotaxa, 127: 190-200.

46. McCartney, K., Witkowski, J. and Harwood, D.M., 2014. New insights into skeletal morphology of the oldest known silicoflagellates: Variramus, Cornua and Gleserocha gen. nov. Revue de Micropalaeontology, 57:75-91.

47. McCartney, K., Malinverno, E., Schweizer, M. and Witkowski, J., 2014. Two unusual silicoflagellate double skeletons. Journal of Nannoplankton Research, 33:19-22.

48. McCartney, K., Abe, K., Witkowski, J. and Jordan, R.W., 2014. Two rare silicoflagellate double skeletons of the Star-of-David configuration from the Eocene. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 34:97-99.

49. McCartney, K., Witkowski, J., Jordan, R.W., Daugbjerg, N., Malinverno, E., van Wezel, R., Kano, H., Scott, F., Schweizer, M., Hallegraeff, G.M., Shiozawa, A. and Fukunaga, Y., 2014. Fine structure of silicoflagellate double skeletons. Marine Micropaleontology, 113:10-19.

50. McCartney, K., Witkowski, J. and Kulikovskiy, M., 2014. Early Campanian silicoflagellates from the Ural Federal District, Russia: a taxonomic and biostratigraphic reexamination of the A. P. Jouse sample suite. Micropaleontology 60:543-556.

51. McCartney, K., Abe, K., Jordan, R.W.. and Witkowski, J., in press. Morphological variation in pike structure in Corbisema (Silicoflagellata) from the Eocene. Journal of Nannoplankton Research.

52. McCartney, K., Abe, K., Harrison, M.A., Witkowski, J., Harwood, D.M., Jordan, R.W. & Kano, H. in press. Silicoflagellate double skeletons in the geologic record. Marine Micropaleontology.

53. Jordan, R.W. & McCartney, K. in press. Stephanocha nom. nov., a replacement name for the illegitimate silicoflagellate genus Distephanus Stohr. Phytotaxa.

54. McCartney, K., Jorans, R.W. and Abe, Kenta, submitted. Did the silicoflagellate genus Octactis evolve from Bachmannocena? Journal of Micropalaeontology.

54. Abe, K., McCartney, K., Fukonaga, Y, Narita, H., Jordan, R.W., submitted. Observations on silicoflagellates and ebridians from the Seto Inland Sea, including the description of Octactis pulchra var. takahashii var. nov. Journal of Nannoplankton Research.

55. McCartney, K. and Witkowski, J., submitted. Cenozoic Silicoflagellate skeletal morphology: A terminology. Journal of Micropalaeontology.

56. McCartney, K., Oreskina, T, and Witkowski, J., near submittal. Late Cretaceous silicoflagellates from the southeast of East European platform (Saratov region of Russia), with description of Vallacerta tsoyae nov. sp. Micropaleontology.



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