My research focus for many years was diversity curves, speciation, and extinction, with most of my publications being about Cenozoic North American mammals or Phanerozoic marine invertebrates.
But I have finally seen the light at the end of the Phanerozoic and turned my attention to quantifying diversity and extinction at this very moment.
My latest greatest inspirations are squares, the λ5 index, multiton subsampling, the double geometric distribution, the agnostic equation, the rescaled Forbes index, the creeping-shadow-of-a-doubt Bayesian extinction probability equation (say that a few times fast), and the gap filler turnover rate equations. But before that came shareholder quorum subsampling, which in its analytic form is known as "coverage-base rarefaction".
I also have current or recent projects concerning contemporary extinction rates, latitudinal species richness gradients, empirical abundance distributions, body mass estimation, Quaternary megafaunal extinctions, zoo finances, and, wow, at this point I'm starting to lose track of it all.
Not to mention that oh so many years ago I worked way too hard on quantitative methods of time scale construction.
If that's not enough, my CV gives all the gory details.
And if you simply must know right now you can cast an e-mail into the ether using this very special address: <john dot alroy at mq dot edu dot au>.
And yes, I think that someday the Mets will win the World Series. Can't vouch for the Knicks, though.
Are Sepkoski's evolutionary faunas dynamically coherent? Evolutionary Ecology Research 6(1):1-32 (2004)
Taxonomic inflation and body mass distributions in North American fossil mammals. Journal of Mammalogy 84(2):431-443 (2003)
Putting North America's end-Pleistocene megafaunal extinction in context: large scale analyses of spatial patterns, extinction rates, and size distributions. Pp. 105-143 in R. D. E. MacPhee (ed.), Extinctions in near time: causes, contexts, and consequences. Plenum, New York (1999)
The fossil record of North American mammals: evidence for a Paleocene evolutionary radiation. Systematic Biology 48(1):107-118 (1999)