Dr Marc Jones
Marc's research generally encompasses the macroevolution of amphibians and reptiles but focuses on specific topics such as feeding, function, biogeography, morphological variation, and systematics. This work has involved a number of techniques (e.g., geometric morphometrics, Multi-body Dynamics Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, cladistics) and a range of taxonomic groups (e.g., frogs, salamanders, lizards, tuatara, turtles).
2019-2022 Curator, Fossil Reptiles, Natural History Museum UK.
2019-2022 Research Fellow, UCL, University College London
2018-2019 Research Fellow in Cranial imaging, Palaeontology, Natural History Museum UK.
2017- Visiting lecturer, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Adelaide, Australia
2013-2017 ARC DECRA Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Adelaide, Australia
2010-2013 Research Associate. Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL, University College London, UK
2007-2010 Research Assistant. Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL, University College London, UK
2007-2007 Teaching Administrator. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
2005-2006 Lab Teaching Assistant. Birkbeck, University of London, UK
2002-2006 PhD Vertebrate Palaeontology. Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL, University College London, UK2002-2002 Curatorial Assistant. National Museum Cardiff, UK
1997-2001 M.Sci Palaeobiology (First Class Honours). Earth Sciences, UCL, University College London, UK
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An article in the Conversation: Not a lizard nor a dinosaur, tuatara is the sole survivor of a once-widespread reptile group
A paper published in Current Biology with Alison Cree: tuatara
Awards & Achievements
2021 UCL Arena Fellow
2021 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2021 UCL Arena Fellow
2017 Lanzendorf National Geographic Digital Modeling and Animation Award.
2016 Nominated for School Teaching Award
2016 Creativity and Innovation Award, University of Adelaide.
2012 Awarded a Discovery Early Career Research Award by the Australian Research Council (14% success rate)
2011 Elected as a Fellow of the Linnean Society
2009 Chosen to participate in Evo 150 sponsored by the British Council and Spanish council for Scientific Research
2009 Invited by the British Council to participate in a Darwin Now events taking place in China
2004 Poster Prize, 1st. Symposium of Vertebrate Paleontology, Denver, USA (http://www.vertpaleo.org)
2003 Poster Prize, 2nd. Centre for Ecology and Evolution workshop, London, UK
2002 Poster Prize, 1st. Palaeontological Association Annual Conference, Cambridge, UK
Marc has teaching experience in a variety of science subjects related to evolution, zoology, palaeontology, anatomy, and general biology.
# TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS
2021: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/fellowship/fellowship
2021: UCL Arena Fellow
2015: Completed the the MSc course unit ‘University Teaching for Effective Student Learning’ (3420 EDUC 5401) taught by Dr Cally Guerin (University of Adelaide). Equivalent to 25% of the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.
# GRADUATE TEACHING
Completed PhD students:
2020-2016: Ray Chatterji, "The evolution and function of turtle skull shape".
2019-2015: Jaimi A. Gray, "Evolution of skull and tooth variation amongst agamid lizards"
Completed Masters students:
2022: Anthony Powell, "Megalophagous frogs and fatigue-resistant jaw muscles", Cal Poly Pomona.
2019: Justin Isip, "A metanalysis of bite force performance among lizards and tuatara". Natural History Museum UK
2019: Pablo Garcia, "The effect of outlever on bite force". Cal Poly Pomona.
2017: Jeff Modlin, "Skull shape and sexual dimorphism amongst lizards in Crotaphytidae". Cal Poly Pomona.
Completed Honours students:
2017: Bernardo José O’Connor Espinoza. "Shape variation in populations of the antisymmetric, and sexually selected claws of Dulichiella australis (Crustacea: Amphipoda)." Co-supervised with Pablo Mungia (RMIT) with help from Em Sherratt (Uni Adelaide).
2017: Domenic Capone. "A morphological approach in Australian agamid evolution: assessing fossil calibration points" Co-supervised with Mark Hutchinson (South Australia Museum).
2016: Ray Chatterji "A quantitative analysis of skull growth and evolution in sea turtles
(Testudinata: Chelonoidea)". Co-supervised with Mark Hutchinson (South Australia Museum).
2015: Thomas Nelson, "Allometry in Kangaroos". Co supervised with Roger Seymour and Edward Snelling (University of Adelaide).
2014: Jaimi A. Gray, "Agamid lizard skeleton identification and inferences for Pleistocene distributions". Co-supervised with Mark Hutchinson (South Australia Museum).
Other graduate teaching:
2014: Contributed to workshops for the MSc course unit "Communicating Science" (SCIENCE 7020).
2013-2010: Associate Trainer for Think Write. Delivered graduate training workshops for University College London, University of Bath, and University of Reading (all UK). Also delivered a workshop on “conference poster production” in Munich (Germany) as part of the Amgen Scholars Program hosted by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, LMU (University of Munich) in partnership with the University of Cambridge and the Karolinska Institut, Stockholm (undergraduates and masters students).
# UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING
Undergraduate course coordination:
2017-2016: Evolutionary Biology III stream in "Research Methods in Evolutionary Biology III (ENV BIOL 3530)".
2014-2015: "Issues in Evolutionary Biology III" (ENVBIOL 3123),
2017-2016: Evolution of Australian Biota III (ENVBIOL 3550) University of Adelaide. 50 students. Contribution: I was a key member of the team which developed, delivered, and assessed the second half of this course which focuses on evolution of the Australian vertebrate biota as the continent underwent significant environmental change. I delivered two assessed lab classes, two lectures, a tutorial, and supervision for six project students. Assessment: 2500 word extended research essay and written exam.
2014-2015: Evolution and Palaeobiology of Animals III (ENVBIOL 3122) University of Adelaide. 50 students. Contribution: I contributed four lectures and two assessed practical classes on biogeography, vertebrate evolution, and functional anatomy, extended essay and exam questions. Assessment: Extended essay, lab report, and written exam.
2013: Issues in Evolutionary Biology III (ENVBIOL 3123) University of Adelaide. 12 students. Contribution: A lecture and tutorial on “Skull shape and biomechanics” and supervised 3 project students. Assessment: Short tutorial report and a 5000 word project report.
Other undergraduate teaching:
2017-2016: Assisted with Zoology II practical classes.
2015-2014: Contributes a lecture and tutorial to "Integrative and Comparative Neuroanatomy III" (ANAT_SC_3103).
2003-2012: At UCL, University College London, UK, he contributed lectures to "Vertebrate Life and Evolution" (BIOL3018), "Vertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution" (GEOL2008), "Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns" (GEOL3036), and "Introduction to Human Anatomy" (ANAT 1003). He also provided dissection room demonstrations for "Introduction to Human Anatomy" (ANAT 1003) and "Human Anatomy and Embryology" (ANAT2050).
Secondary education teaching:
2005-2006: As a teaching assistant facilitated lab based pracical classis in general biology topics (e.g. enzyme activity, gas exchange, plant structure, urine analysis) for School of Continuing Education Science and Mathematics, Birkbeck College, University of London (mature students studying for an A-level standard diploma)for the Faculty of Continuing Education, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.
2013-2017: As a member of faculty Marc contributed to school examiners meetings, curriculum planning, and general pastoral care.
2007: As a teaching administrator Marc administered course units for the MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine, UK.
# EVALUATION AND ENDORSEMENTS
University of Adelaide Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (eSELT):
Marc's University of Adelaide Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (eSELT) mean individual teacher score (based on 51 responses from six courses since 2014) is 6.33 out of 7 which is considerably better than the University, Faculty, and School averages: 6.11, 6.09, and 6.03 respectively.
Of the 111 lecturers from University of Adelaide listed on RatemyTeachers.com, Marc is one of the highest ranked with an overall score of 5.0 out of 5.0 from 13 reviews. Website average score = 4.38. University of Adelaide average = 4.06.
Since 2002 Marc has provided teaching (e.g. lectures, workshops, lab classes, dissection room demonstration) for the following course coordinators: Adrian Lister, Helen Chatterjee, Paul Upchurch, Susan Evans, Pete Moore, Andy Austin, Mike Lee, Natalie Williamson, Lyndsey Collins-Praino, Simon Tierney, Jeremy Austin, John Conran, Sean Connell.
- The relationship between skull form and function in reptiles (particularly with respect to agamid lizards or Sphenodon and its fossil relatives).
- The radiation and biogeographic history of small vertebrates such as frogs and lizards (particularly with respect to southern continents).
- Ontogenetic and geographic variation in phenotype (performance and morphological traits).
A word cloud mainly based on texts from recent abstracts.
Overall Marc has acquired a total of AUD 838,495 worth of external funding. This includes an Australian Research Council on a Discovery Early Career Research Award DE130101567 and Australian Research Council Linakege Grant LP160100189.
He is also part of a group building an award winning sea-snake robot that includes Amy Watson, Kate Sanders, Brett Goodman, Frank Neumann, Gustavo Carneiro, and Lei Chen funded AUD30,000 by the Interdisciplinary Research Fund (University of Adelaide). See: Bio-inspired Sea Snake Robot on YouTube.
Previously Marc has been funded by two postdoctoral grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council awarded to Professor Susan E. Evans (UCL, University College London, UK). He has also successfully obtained over AUD56,000 (>£30,000) in small grants from a variety of funding bodies including the Palaeontological Association, British Council, UCL Graduate School, UCL Bogue, Amphibia Tree, Synthesys, Environment Institute, and the Nuffield Foundation..
According to Google Scholar Marc has an all time h-index of 29 and i-10 index of 51 and over 2300 career citations. Marc has published in Nature, PNAS, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Royal Society Interface, Current Biology, Evolution, Biology Letters, and BMC Evolutionary Biology.
Peer reviewed journal articles:
- Jones MEH, Evans SE and Sigogneau-Russell D. 2003. Early Cretaceous frogs from Morocco. Annals of the Carnegie Museum 72: 65–97. Weblink: Cretaceous frogs
- Wang Y, Jones MEH, Evans SE. 2007. A juvenile frog from the Lower Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation Liaoning, China. Cretaceous Research 28: 235–244. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2006.07.003
- Evans SE, Wang Y, Jones MEH. 2007. An aggregation of lizard skeletons from the Lower Cretaceous of China. Senkenbergiana lethaea 87: 109–118.
- Evans SE, Jones MEH, Krause DW. 2008. A giant frog with South American affinities in the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. PNAS 105: 2951–2956 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0707599105
- Jones MEH. 2008. Skull shape and feeding strategy in Sphenodon and other Rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). Journal of Morphology. 269: 945–966. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.10634
- Moazen M, Curtis N, O'Higgins P, Jones MEH, Evans SE, Fagan MJ, 2009. Assessment of the role of sutures in a lizard skull: a computer modelling study. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276(1654): 39–46. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0863
- Jones MEH, Tennyson AJD, Worthy JP, Evans SE, Worthy TH. 2009. A sphenodontine (Rhynchocephalia) from the Miocene of New Zealand and palaeobiogeography of the tuatara (Sphenodon). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 1385–1390 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1785
- Anquetin J, Barrett PM, Jones MEH, Moore-Fay S, Evans SE. 2009. A new stem turtle from the Middle Jurassic of Scotland: new insights into the evolution and palaeoecology of basal turtles. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 879–886. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1429
- Jones MEH, Curtis N, O'Higgins P, Fagan M, Evans SE. 2009. The head and neck muscles associated with feeding in Sphenodon (Reptilia: Lepidsauria: Rhynchocephalia). Palaeontologia Electronica 12(2, 7A): 1–56. Weblink: Sphenodon feeding muscles
- Zhang G, Wang Y, Jones MEH, Evans SE. 2009. A new Early Cretaceous salamander (Regalerpeton weichangensis gen. et sp. nov.) from the Huajiying Formation of northeastern China. Cretaceous Research 30: 551–558. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2008.10.004
- Kieser JA, Tkatchenko T, Dean MC, Jones MEH, Duncan W, Nelson NJ. 2009. Microstructure of dental hard tissue and bone in the tuatara dentary, Sphenodon punctatus (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Frontiers of Oral Biology 13: 80–85. Weblink: Rhynchocephalian teeth
- Jones MEH. 2009. Dentary tooth shape in Sphenodon and its fossil relatives (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Frontiers of Oral Biology 13: 9–15. Weblink: Sphenodon teeth
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Evans SE, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ. 2009. Visualising muscle anatomy using three-dimensional computer models - An example using the head and neck muscles of Sphenodon. Palaeontologia Electronica 12(3, 7T): 1–18. Weblink: Sphenodon muscles
- Jones MEH, Lappin AK. 2009. Bite-force performance of the last rhynchocephalian (Lepidosauria: Sphenodon). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 39(3): 71–83 Weblink
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Evans SE, Shi J, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ. 2010. Predicting muscle activation patterns from motion and anatomy: modelling the skull of Sphenodon. Royal Society Interface 7: 153–160 DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2009.0139
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Lappin AK, Evans SE, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ. 2010. Comparison between in vivo and theoretical bite performance: Using multi-body modelling to predict muscle and biteforces in a reptile skull. Journal of Biomechanics 43: 2804–2809. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.05.037
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Evans SE, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ. 2010. Feedback control from the jaw joints during biting: an investigation of the reptile Sphenodon using multibody modelling. Journal of Biomechanics 43: 3132–3137. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.08.001
- Kieser JA, He L-H, Dean MC, Jones MEH, Duncan WJ, Swain MV, Nelson NJ. 2011. Structure and compositional characteristics of caniniform dental enamel in the tuatara Sphenodon punctatus (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). New Zealand Dental Journal 107: 44–50.
- Jones MEH, Curtis N, Fagan MJ, O’Higgins P, Evans SE. 2011. Hard tissue anatomy of the cranial joints in Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia): sutures, kinesis, and skull mechanics. Palaeontologia Electronica 14(2, 17A): 1–92. Weblink: Sphenodon kull mechanics and sutures
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Shi J, O'Higgins P, Evans SE, Fagan MJ. 2011. Functional relationship between skull form and feeding mechanics in Sphenodon, and implications for diapsid skull development. PLoS ONE 6(12): e29804. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0
- Apesteguía S, Jones MEH. 2012. A Late Cretaceous "tuatara" (Lepidosauria: Sphenodontinae) from South America. Cretaceous Research 34: 154–160 DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2011.10.014
- Jones MEH, O'Higgins P, Fagan M, Evans SE, Curtis N. 2012. Shearing mechanics and the influence of a flexible symphysis during oral food processing in Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). The Anatomical Record 295: 1075–1091. DOI 10.1002/ar.22487
- Mannion PD, Upchurch P, Mateus O, Barnes RN, Jones MEH. 2012. New information on the anatomy and systematic position of Dinheirosaurus lourinhanensis (Sauropoda: Diplodocoidea) from the Late Jurassic of Portugal, with a review of European diplodocoids. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 10: 521–551. DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2011.595432
- Meloro C, Jones MEH. 2012. Tooth and cranial disparity in the fossil
relatives of Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia) dispute the persistent ‘living
fossil’ label. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 11: 2194–2209. DOI:
- Jones MEH, Werneburg I, Curtis N, Penrose R, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ, Evans SE. 2012. The head and neck anatomy of sea turtles (Cryptodira: Chelonioidea) and skull shape in Testudines. PLoS ONE 7(11): e47852 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0047852
- Evans SE, Jones MEH, Matsumoto R. 2012. A new lizard skull from the Purbeck Limestone Group (Lower Cretaceous) of England. Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France 183: 517–524. DOI: 10.2113/âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂgssgfbull.183.6.517
- Jones MEH, Cree A. 2012. Tuatara. Current Biology 22: 986–987 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.10.049
- Gröning F, Jones MEH, Curtis N, Herrel A, O'Higgins P, Evans SE, Fagan MJ. 2013. The importance of accurate muscle modelling for biomechanical analyses: a case study with a lizard skull. Journal of Royal Society Interface 10(84):20130216 DOI:10.1098/rsif.2013.0216
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Evans SE, O'Higgins P, Fagan MJ. 2013. Cranial sutures work collectively to distribute strain throughout the reptile skull. Journal of Royal Society Interface 10 20130442: DOI:10.1098/rsif.2013.0442 please also see DOI: 10.1098/âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂrsif.2013.0584.
- Dong L, RoÄÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂek Z, Wang Y, Jones MEH. 2013. Anurans from the Lower Cretaceous Jehol Group of Western Liaoning, China. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69723. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0069723
Integration of molecules and new fossils supports a Triassic origin for Lepidosauria (lizards, snakes, and tuatara)' will be published in BMC Evolutionary Biology on 25 September 2013.Jones MEH, Anderson CL, Hipsley CA, Müller J, Evans SE, Schoch R. 2013. Integration of molecules and new fossils supports a Triassic origin for Lepidosauria (lizards, snakes, and tuatara). BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:208 DOI:10.1186/1471-2148-13-208
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-oldest-lizard-like-fossil-hints-scaly.html#jCp
- Evans SE, Groenke JR, Jones MEH, Turner AH, Krause DW. 2014. New material of Beelzebufo, a hyperossified frog (Amphibia: Anura) from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. PLoS ONE 9(1): e87236. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0087236
- Lappin AKL, Jones MEH. 2014. Reliable quantification of bite-force performance requires use of appropriate biting substrate and standardization of bite out-lever. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 4304–4312.
- Regnault S, Jones MEH, Pitsillides AA, Hutchinson JR. 2016. Anatomy, morphology and evolution of the patella in squamate lizards and tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Journal of Anatomy 228: 864–876 DOI: 10.1111/joa.12435
- Lee MSY, Palci A, Jones MEH, Caldwell MW, Holmes JD, Reisz RR. 2016. Aquatic adaptations in the four limbs of the snake-like reptile Tetrapodophis from the Lower Cretaceous of Brazil. Cretaceous Research 66: 194-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2016.06.004
- Regnault S, Hutchinson JR, Jones MEH. 2017. Sesamoid bones in tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) investigated with X-ray microtomography, and implications for sesamoid evolution in Lepidosauria. Journal of Morphology 278: 62–72.
- Jones MEH, Hutchinson MN. 2017. Evolution: Sole survivor of a once-diverse lineage. Nature 545: 158 DOI:10.1038/545158d
- Lappin AK, Wilcox SC, Moriarty DJ, Stoeppler SA, Evans SE, Jones MEH. 2017. Bite force in the horned frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli) with implications for extinct giant frogs. Scientific Reports, 7, 1, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11968-6
- Jenkins KM, Jones MEH, Zikmund T, Boyde A, Daza JD. 2017. A Review of Tooth Implantation Among Rhynchocephalians (Lepidosauria). Journal of Herpetology, 51, 3, 300–306. DOI: 10.1670/16-146
- Gray J, McDowell M, Hutchinson MN, Jones MEH. 2017. Geometric morphometrics provides an alternative approach for interpreting the affinity of fossil lizard jaws. Journal of Herpetology, 51, 3, 375–382. DOI: 10.1670/16-145
- Jones MEH, Gröning F, Dutel H, Sharp A, Fagan MJ, Evans SE. 2017. The biomechanical role of the chondrocranium and sutures in a lizard cranium. Journal of Royal Society Interface DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0637
- Jones MEH, Lucas PW, Tucker AS, Watson AP, Sertich JJW, Foster JR, Williams R, Garbe U, Bevitt JJ, Salvemini F. 2018. Neutron scanning reveals unexpected complexity in the enamel thickness of an herbivorous Jurassic reptile. Journal of Royal Society Interface 15(143). DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2018.0039
- Gray JA, Hutchinson MN, Jones MEH. 2019. Exceptional disparity in Australian agamid lizards is a possible result of arrival into vacant niche. Anatomical Record DOI: 10.1002/ar.24096
- Gray JA, Sherratt E, Hutchinson MN, Jones MEH. 2019. Changes in ontogenetic patterns facilitate diversification in skull shape of Australian agamid lizards. BMC Evolutionary Biology 19(1):7:1-10. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-018-1335-6
- Jones MEH, Button DJ, Barrett PM, Porro LB. 2019. Digital dissection of the head of the rock dove (Columba livia) using contrast-enhanced computed tomography. Zoological Letters 5(1): 1-17. DOI:10.1186/s40851-019-0129-z
- Gray JA, Sherratt E, Hutchinson MN, Jones MEH, 2019 Evolution of cranial shape in a continental-scale evolutionary radiation of Australian lizards. Evolution DOI: 10.1111/evo.13851
- Scheyer TM, Spiekman SN, Sues H-D, Ezcurra MD, Butler RJ, Jones MEH. 2020. Colobops: a juvenile rhynchocephalian reptile (Lepidosauromorpha), not a diminutive archosauromorph with an unusually strong bite. Royal Society Open Science 7(3), 192179.
- Jones MEH, Pistevos JC, Cooper N, Lappin AK, Georges A, Hutchinson MN, Holleley CE. 2020. Reproductive phenotype predicts adult bite-force performance in sex-reversed dragons (Pogona vitticeps). Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology 333(4), pp.252-263.
- Guillerme T, Cooper N, Brusatte SL, Davis KE, Jackson AL, Gerber S, Goswami A, Healy K, Hopkins MJ, Jones MEH, Lloyd GT, O'Reilly JE, Pate A, Puttick MN, Rayfield EJ, Saupe E, Sherratt E, Slater G, Weisbecker V, Thomas G, Donoghue PCJ. 2020. Disparities in the analysis of morphological disparity. Biology Letters 16(7), .20200199-20200199.
- Panciroli E, Benson RB, Walsh S, Butler RJ, Castro TA, Jones MEH, Evans SE. 2020 Diverse vertebrate assemblage of the Kilmaluag Formation (Bathonian, Middle Jurassic) of Skye, Scotland. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, xx.1-22.
- Chatterji RM, Huchinson MN, Jones MEH. 2020. Redescription of the skull of the Australian flatback sea turtle, Natator depressus, provides new morphological evidence for phylogenetic relationships among sea turtles (Chelonioidea) DOI: org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa071
- Dutel H, Gröning F, Sharp AC, Watson PJ, Herrel A, Ross, CF, Jones MEH, Evans SE, Fagan MJ. 2021. Comparative cranial biomechanics in two lizard species: impact of variation in cranial design. Journal of Experimental Biology, 224(5).
- Isip J, Cooper NC, Jones MEH. 2022. Clade-wide variation in bite-force performance is determined primarily by size not ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B RSPB-2021-2493 DOI: org/10.1098/rspb.2021.2493
- Chatterji RM, Hipsley CA, Sherratt E, Hutchinson MN, Jones MEH. 2022. Ontogenetic allometry underlies trophic diversity in sea turtles (Chelonioidea). Evolutionary Ecology
- DeMar DG, Jones MEH, Carrano MT. 2022. A nearly complete skeleton of a new eusphenodontian from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation, Wyoming, USA provides insight into the evolution and diversity of Rhynchocephalia (Reptilia: Lepidosauria). Journal of Systematic Paleontology TJSP-2021-0063
- Jones MEH, Benson R, Skutschas P, Hill L, Panciroli E, Schmitt A, Walsh S, Evans SE. 2022. Middle Jurassic fossils document an early stage in salamander evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Peer reviewed book chapters:
- Jones MEH. 2006. Tooth diversity and function in the Rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). In Barrett PM, Evans SE, eds. Ninth International symposium on Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems and biota. London, UK: Natural History Museum. 55–58.
- Evans SE, Barrett PM, Hilton J, Butler R, Jones MEH, Liang MM, Parish J, Rayfield EJ, Sigogneau-Russell D and Underwood C. 2006. The Middle Jurrasic vertebrate assemblage of Skye, Scotland. In Barrett PM, Evans SE, eds. Ninth international symposium on Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems and biota. London, UK: Natural History Museum. 36–39.
- Jones MEH. 2006. The Early Jurassic clevosaurs from China (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). In Harris JD, Lucas S, Kirkland J, Milner ARC, eds. The Triassic/Jurassic terrestrial transition. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 37 548–562. Weblink
- Evans SE, Jones MEH. 2010. The origin, early history and diversification of lepidosauromorph reptiles. In Bandyopadhyay S. (ed.), New Aspects of Mesozoic Biodiversity, Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences 132, 27–44. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-10311-7_2
- Jones MEH, Evans SE. 2009. The Early Cretaceous Herpetofauna of Anoual Morocco. In Buscalioni ÁD, Martínez MF, eds. Abstracts of the 10th international meeting of Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota, Teruel. Spain, Madrid: UA Ediciones. 113–115.
- Evans S, Martín González E, Jones MEH, Sanchez Pinto L, García Talavera F. 2011. Identification of a new fossil snake from the Canary Islands using micro-CT techniques. XXVII Jornadas de la Sociedad Española de Paleontología, Sabadell (Spain).
- Jones MEH. 2003. 1st London Evolutionary Research Network conference. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 52: 45. http://www.palass.org
- Jones MEH. 2004. 47th Lyell meeting: dinosaur palaeobiology (meeting report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 55: 65–67. http://www.palass.org
- Jones MEH. 2005. Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Chester zoo web page (http://www.chesterzoo.org/AnimalsandPlants/Reptiles/Tuatara.aspx).
- Jones MEH. 2005. Erecting a database of known UK Sphenodon (Tuatara) material. Natural Sciences Collections Associations Newsletter 5: 34.
- Jones MEH. 2007. Geometric morphometric analysis of variation in Sphenodon ‘sub-fossil’ material. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 65: 95–99. http://www.palass.org
- Jones MEH, Ren X. 2008. Craniogenesis: The development evolution of the head (meeting report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 68: 47–49. http://www.palass.org
- Jones MEH. 2008. CEE modern functional anatomy workshop (meeting report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 69: 37–42. http://www.palass.org
- Jones MEH. 2009. Muscle activity in the tuatara mirrored by a computer model. Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand Notes 36: 5. SRARNZ
- Jones MEH. 2009. The First pre-Pleistocene tuatara fossil relative from New Zealand. Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand Notes 36: 5–6. SRARNZ
- Jones MEH, Clement A. 2009. 14th International Symposium on Dental Morphology (meeting report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 72: 28–34. http://www.palass.org
- Jones MEH, Lappin AK. 2009. First bite-force from an adult tuatara. Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand Notes 36: 3–4. SRARNZ
- Pearson M, Jones MEH.
2013. 7th World Congress of Herpetology (meeting
report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 83: 64–68. http://www.palass.org
- Jones MEH, Anderson CL, Hipsley CA, Müller J, Evans SE, Schoch R. 2014. New reptile fossil resets lizard molecular clock. E-Science 8: 16–17. http://escience.realviewdigital.com/?iid=86409#folio=16
- Halliday T, Heckert A, Jones MEH. 2014. 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (meeting report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 85: 53–63. http://www.palass.org
- Jones MEH, Lappin AKL. 2016. Sink your teeth into bite force. E-Science 17: 20-21 http://sciences.adelaide.edu.au/schools-resources/e-science/
- Jones MEH. 2017 Not a lizard nor a dinosaur, tuatara is teh sole survivor of a once-widespread reptile group. The Conversation theconversation not-a-lizard-nor-a-dinosaur-tuatara-is-the-sole-survivor-of-a-once-widespread-reptile-group
- Jones MEH, Wilcox S, Lappin AK. 2017. Meet 'Jaws', the South American horned frog with a big bite. The Conversation Sep 22nd. theconversation meet-jaws-the-south-american-horned-frog-with-a-big-bite
Selected recent published abstracts:
- Jones MEH, Schoch R, Evans SE. 2010. The origin and early history of Lepidosauromorpha (Diapsida). Zitteliana 29: 55.
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Evans SE, O’Higgins, Fagan MJ. 2010. The role and function for cranial sutures in reptiles: a finite element analysis of the skull of Sphenodon (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2010: 77.
- Humphries ED, Jones MEH. 2010. Geographic variation in the jaws of Holocene Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia) demonstrated by landmark analysis. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2010: 108.
- Jones MEH, Curtis N, Evans SE, O’Higgins, Fagan MJ. 2010. Cranial joints in Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia) and its fossil relatives with implications for lepidosaur skull mechanics. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2010: 113.
- Lappin AK, Jones MEH. 2011. Empirical standardization of bite-force performance. Society for Integrative Biology 2011 Annual Meeting Abstracts.
- Jones MEH, Zikmund T. 2012. A functional interpretation of the cranial suture morphology in Captorhinus aguiti (Reptilia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2010: 118.
- Humphries ED, Jones MEH. 2013. Geographic variation in the jaws of Holocene Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia) demonstrated by landmark analysis. Bulletin of the International Association of Paleodontology 7: 88. 14th ISDM 2011
- Jones MEH. 2013. The mammal-like carnassial teeth of Clevosaurus and Tingitana (Reptilia: Diapsida). Bulletin of the International Association of Paleodontology
7: 91. 14th ISDM 2011
- Jones MEH, Benson RBJ. 2013. The classification of tooth attachment in tetrapods. Bulletin of the International Association of Paleodontology 7: 92. 14th ISDM 2011
- Jones MEH, Benson RBJ. 2013. A new approach for understanding the diversity of tooth attachment in tetrapods. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2013: 150.
- Jones MEH, Bever G, Foster J, Evans SE, Sertich J, Carrano M. 2014. A new look at rhynchocephalians from the Jurassic Morrison Formation. In Kirkland J, Foster J, Hunt-Foster R, Liggett GA, and Trujillo. Mid-Meszoic, the age of dinosaurs in transition. 61.
- Regnault S, Jones MEH, Hutchinson JR. 2014. Evolution and morphology of the patellar sesamoid in lepidosaurian reptiles (Squamata and Rhynchocephalia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2014: 213.
- Gröning F, Jones MEH, Curtis N, O'Higgins P, Evans SE, Fagan MJ. 2014. Cranial kinesis and its effect on feeding performance in lizards. Journal of Anatomy 226: 196.
- Jones MEH, Humphries, E. D., Worthy, T. H., Sherratt, E. 2015. Geometric morphometric analysis Of Holocene dentaries from New Zealand referred to sphenodon sp., and dentary shape variation amongst Rhynchocephalia (Reptilia: Lepidosauria). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2015: 152.
Copies of all publications are available upon request.
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- Mark Hutchinson (South Australian Museum, Adelaide)
- Mike SY Lee (The University of Adelaide)
- Amy Watson (The University of Adelaide)
- Roger Seymour (The University of Adelaide)
- Elizabeth Reed (The University of Adelaide)
- Matt McDowell (Flinders University, Adelaide)
- Trevor Worthy (Flinders University, Adelaide)
- Alistair Evans (Monash University, Melbourne)
- Christy Anna Hipsley (The University of Melbourne, Melbourne)
- Floriana Salvemini (The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, ANSTO, Sydney)
- Susan E. Evans (UCL, University College, London, UK)
- Flora Gröning (University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)
- Neil Curtis (University of Hull, I'mUK)
- Mehran Moazen (University of Hull, UK)
- Mike Fagan (University of Hull, UK)
- Paul O'Higgins (Hull and York Medical School, UK)
- A. Kristopher Lappin (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA)
- Roger Benson (University of Oxford, UK)
- Matthew Carrano (Smithsonian Institution, USA)
- David Krause (Stony Brook, New York, USA)
- Ingmar Werneburg (Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany)
- Alison Cree (University of Otago, NZ)
- ZbynÄk RoÄek (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
- Yuan Wang (IVPP, Beijing, China)
- Li Ping Dong (IVPP, Beijing, China)
Membership of professional bodies:
- Linnean Society of London (LinnSoc)
- Palaeontological Association (PalAss)
- Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)
- Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR)
- Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand (SRARNZ)
- Anatomical Society (AnatSoc)
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology serves to advance the science of vertebrate palaeontology and to this end it has held an annual meeting every year since its founding in 1940. Membership includes ~2300 professionals, students, artists, preparators, and avocationalists. Marc has had a long association with the Colbert student poster prize panel which serves to recognize an outstanding student poster presentation at the annual meeting.
2008-2010 Colbert Prize Panel Member (SVP student poster prize)
2008-2013 Student Roundtable Forum Expert (prizes and conference presentations)
2011 Colbert Prize Panel Co-Chair
2012-2018 Colbert Prize Panel Chair
2013-2017 Program Committee (for the annual meeting)
The London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN)
In October 2002 Marc formed a committee of 8 students from 4 different universities and established the society LERN to facilitate greater interaction between students based in London who's research involved some aspect of evolution. During Marc's time as chairman he obtained funding from a variety of sources, built up a mailing list, contributed to the initial website, and helped organise over 20 talks from senior academics (e.g. Richard Fortey, Leslie Aiello, Andy Purvis, Janet Brown, Richard Nicholls, Adrian Lister, and Simon Conway Morris), 12 talks from PhD students, 2 student conferences and 2 fieldtrips. After several successful committee handovers the society remains active with a continually expanding membership, and growing international reputation. In 2012 Marc was an invited plenary speaker at LERN's 10th student conference.
2002-2004 Founding Chairman.
2004-2005 Committee Member (UCL representative).
Evolution Tree (The Academic Genealogy of Evolutionary Biology)
A free, volunteer-run website designed to help you track academic genealogy and record biographical information. Following consultation with various colleagues (e.g. Angela Milner, Andrew Milner, and Susan Evans) Marc has added 94 people and 95 connections. Of 1197 contributers 94 is the is the second greatest number of people added (correct in May 2015).
I have reviewed articles for a number of internationally important journals and multi authored volumes, e.g. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Royal Society Interface, Biology Letters, Scientific Reports, Journal of Anatomy, Anatomical Record, Journal of Morphology, Evolution and Development, PLoS ONE, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Journal of Zoology, Karger Press, Marine Biology, Iranian Journal of Herpetology, Gondwanan Research, Palaeontologia Electronica, Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, Alcheringa, Zoo Taxa, Cretaceous Research, Palaeontology, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, and Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.
2007 The tuatara of New Zealand. Nature Live, Natural History Museum, UK.
2008 The New Zealand tuatara and its' fossil relatives. Institute of Animal Technology, London, UK.
2009 A new view of Rhynchocephalia: why Sphenodon is not a living fossil. Evolution 150, Cuenca, Spain.
2009 The New Zealand tuatara and its fossil relatives. Darwin Now, Science and Technology Museum, Xi'an, China.
2009 Fossil frogs from China and abroad. Darwin Now, Science and Technology Museum, Xi'an, China.
2009 Life after a PhD. Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK.
2009 New perspectives on the New Zealand tuatara (Sphenodon): feeding and evolution. Palaeobiology Discussion Group, University of Bristol, UK.
2010 The New Zealand tuatara, its fossil relatives and the real Welsh Dragon. Geologists Association South Wales Group and Geology Society, University of Swansea, UK.
2010 Life after a PhD. Cumberland Lodge, Windsor. UK.
2010 Modeling muscle structure and activity in vertebrate skulls: implications for the analysis of extinct taxa. International Congress of Palaeontology 3, Imperial College, London, UK.
2010 The origin and early history of Lepidosauromorpha (Diapsida). Paläontologische Gesellschaft 2010, LMU, Münuch, Germany.
2011 (Feb) The tuatara of New Zealand. Nature Live, Natural History Museum, UK.
2011 (May) The tuatara of New Zealand. Nature Live, Natural History Museum, UK.
2012 A new approach to understanding the diversity of tooth attachment in tetrapods. London Oral Biology Club, Royal London Hospital, UK.
2012 Oral food processing in the tuatara reptile and why chewing is worthwhile. Palaeobiology Discussion Group, University of Bristol, UK.
2012 Why the fossil record is crucial for understanding the evolutionary context of the New Zealand tuatara (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia: Sphenodon). World Congress of Herpetology 7, Part of the symposium 'Insights from the fossil record into the evolution of extant amphibians and reptiles'. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
2012 Early history of the London Evolutionary Research Network. LERN, UCL, University College London, UK.
2012 Why fossils are important for understanding the evolutionary context of the New Zealand tuatara. LERN, UCL, University College London, UK.
2013 (March) The tuatara of New Zealand. Nature Live, Natural History Museum, UK.
2014 Chewing over skull mechanics in an unusual reptile from New Zealand, EEG seminar, ANU, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
2014 Chewing over skull mechanics in an unusual reptile from New Zealand, Institute for Applied Ecology talks, University of Canberra, Australia.
2014 How hard do lizards and tuatara bite? why does it matter? and how is it measured? South Australian Herpetology Group.
Recent conference talks:
2008 (Apr) CEE: Skull shape and feeding in Sphenodon and other Rhynchocephalia (Reptilia: Lepidosauria. Centre for Ecology and Evolution workshop: Modern approaches in functional anatomy. NHM, London.
2008 (May) PalHerp: Skull shape and feeding apparatus in Sphenodon and other Rhynchocephalia (Reptilia: Lepidosauria). Annual meeting of Paläontologie und Herpetologie, Berlin, Germany.
2008 (Aug) ISDM: Correspondence between tooth morphology and skull shape in Rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). 14th International Symposium of Dental Morphology, Greifswald, Germany.
2009 (Sep) MTE: The Early Cretaceous Herpetofauna of Anoual Morocco. 10th Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota, Teruel, Spain.
2010 (Jul) QuaVer: Geographic variation in jaw shape of the New Zealand tuatara (Sphenodon) as shown by landmark analysis. Quaternary Vertebrate Research Group annual meeting, NHM, London.
2010 (Sep) SVPCA: Cranial bone deformantion in Sphenodon. 58th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Cambridge, UK.
2010 (Oct) SVP: Cranial joints in Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia) and its fossil relatives with implications for lepidosaur skull mechanics. 70th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Pittsburgh, USA.
2011 (Aug) ISDM: The classification of tooth attachment in tetrapods. 15th International Symposium of Dental Morphology, Newcastle, UK.
2011 (Oct) SVPCA: Shearing in Sphenodon and related character acquisition in Mesozoic rhynchocephalians. 59th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Lyme Regis, UK.
2011 (Oct) SVP: The first Middle Triassic lepidosaurs. 71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Las Vegas, USA.
2013 (Oct) CAVEPS: Further insights into the role of soft tissues in lepidosaur skull
2013 (Oct) CAVEPS: Integration of molecules and new fossils supports a Triassic
origin for Lepidosauria (lizards, snakes, and tuatara). Part of the symposium 'Phylogenetics: Bridging the Molecular–Morphological Divide'. 14th biennial Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics.
2014 (Jan) ASH: Lepidosaur skull mechanics and the role of the chondrocraniumm. 50th meeting of the Australian Society of Herpetology, Grenhills (near Canberra), Australia.
2014 (Dec) ASHB: Computer based skull mechanics in reptiles with inclusion of “soft tissues”. 28th Australian Society for Human Biology, Adelaide, Australia.
2014 (Dec) IBW: Biteforce performance and model validation. The first meeting of the Interdisciplinary Biomechanics Workshop: Biting skulls, robot snakes, and electric muscles, Adelaide, Australia.
2014 (Dec) IBW: Skull mechanics: FEA, MDA, soft tissues. The first meeting of the Interdisciplinary Biomechanics Workshop: Biting skulls, robot snakes, and electric muscles, Adelaide, Australia.
2015 (Jan) ASH: Bite-force performance in the central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps). 51st meeting of the Australian Society of Herpetology, Eildon (near Melbourne), Australia.
2015 (Oct) SVP: Geometric morphometric analysis of holocene dentaries from New Zealand referred to Sphenodon sp., and dentary shape variation amongst Rhynchocephalia (Reptilia: Lepidosauria). 75th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Recent first or last author conference posters:
2011 (Jul) CCS: Sutures and intracranial movements in Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). 5th international meeting on Cranio-Cervical Systems, Paris, France.
2011 (Aug) ISDM: Geographic variation in the jaws of Holocene Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). 14th International Symposium of Dental Morphology, Newcastle, UK.
2011 (Aug) ISDM: The mammal-like carnassial teeth of Clevosaurus and Tingitana (Reptilia: Diapsida). 14th International Symposium of Dental Morphology, Newcastle, UK.
2011 (Dec) AnatSoc: Sutures and intracranial movements in Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Winter Meeting of the Anatomical Society, Cardiff, UK.
2012 (Oct) SVP: A functional interpretation of the cranial suture morphology in Captorhinus aguti (Reptilia). 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Raleigh, USA.
2013 (Oct) SVP: A new approach for understanding the diversity of tooth attachment in tetrpods. 73rd Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Los Angeles, USA.
2014 (May) Mid-Mesozoic Field Conference: A new look at rhynchocephalian reptiles from the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation, Fruita, Colorado, USA.
2015 “Interdisciplinary Biomechanics workshop: Biting skulls, robot snakes, & electric muscles" (University of Adelaide). Co-organised with Amy Watson, Kate Sanders, Brett Goodman, Frank Neumann, Gustavo Carneiro, and Lei Chen. Included 19 talks including keynotes from Professor Iain A. Anderson (The University of Auckland) and Professor Steve Wroe (University of New England).
2014 “The Shape of things to Come: Geometric Morphometrics in Vertebrate Paleontology” University of Adelaide). Involved 16 talks. Co-organised with Aki Watanabe and Em Sherratt.
Selected workshop organisation:
2015 “Geomorph: R Package for the Collection and Analysis of Geometric Morphometric Data” at the 75th annual meeting of Vertebrate Paleontology, Dallas, Texas, USA. Co-organised with Aki Watanabe and Em Sherratt.
2015 “Shape Analysis Workshop" South Australian Museum, Adelaide, Australia. over 30 participants. Supported by the Environment Institute, University of Adelaide. Guest instructor: Em Sherratt.
Selected press attention:
2008 National Geographic: Giant "frog from Hell" fossil found in Madagascar
2008 BBC News: 'Frog from hell' unearthed
2008 Daily Telegraph: 'Frog from hell' that are baby dinosaurs
2008 ScienceDaily: Giant frog jumps continents, may have eaten baby dinosaurs
2008 MSN: Scientists find devil toad fossil
2008 New Scientist: Sluggish reptile evolved at record speed
2009 National Geographic: Tuatara ancestor adds to sunken New Zealand debate
2009 New Scientist: Unusual fossil may rule out ancient flood
2009 Nature research highlights: Biogeography: on jaws and geography
2009 Live interview with BBC Radio Wales
2009 Science Daily: Reptile fossil reignites debate over New Zealand submergence
2010 Laboratory News: Tuatara acts as model for false teeth damage
2010 ScienceDaily: What can a New Zealand reptile tell us about false teeth?
2010 British Dental Journal: Kiwi reptile may explain bite force
2010 Medical News Today: What can a New Zealand reptile tell us about false teeth?
2012 BBC News: Tuatara reptile slices food with 'steak-knife teeth'
2012 New Scientist: Zoologger: strange reptiles saw heads off seabirds.
2012 ScienceDaily: Iconic New Zealand reptile shows chewing is not just for mammals
2012 MSN: Strange reptile chews food with steak knife-teeth
2012 Wired: New Zealand tuatara has a unique, bird-decapitating chew
2012 the New York Times: A unique slice-and-dice strategy for chewing
2012 Live Science: Strange reptile chews food with steak knife-teeth
2012 Scope: New fossil find sheds light on present-day reptile
2012 Wired: Unless they’re zombies, fossils don’t live
2013 Phys.org: Oldest existing lizard-like fossil hints at scaly origins
2013 ScienceDaily: Oldest lizard-like fossil yet to be found hints at scaly origins
2013 Der Spiegel: Fund in Süddeutschland: Kieferknochen verrät Uralt-Echse
2013 Nature World News: Oldest known lepidosaur fossils found in Germany
2014 Live Science: Primeval 'Devil Frog' may have sported anti-dinosaur armor
2014 National Geographic: Fossil "frog from hell" gets a new look
2014 NBC news: Devil frog' sported anti-dinosaur body armor, scientists say
2014 Daily Mail: Ten inch 'Devil frog' was more terrifying that first imagined!
2014 Daily Sentinel Colorado: Scientists from around the globe dig into a dinosaur lover's dream
2015 Buzzfeed: Eight weird creatures that keep science secrets
2015 Currents in Biology: Chewing isn’t just for mammals
2015 ScopeTV CSIRO: snake-like robots on S3E46 from 17:00
2015 BBC News: image by collaborator Sophie Regnault chosen for Wellcome Images 2015
2015 Great British Bioscience Blog: Computer models to cut down on animal experiments
2016 Interview with ScopeTV CSIRO: Biteforce in the pygmy Bluetongue on SE3E133 from 19:53
2017 Live Radio interview with 2ser: http://2ser.com/
Field Work Experience
1998 Dorset and Cornwall, UK.
1998 Yorkshire Coast, UK. Included Scarborough, Speeton Clay, Whitby, and Robin Hood’s Bay.
1999 Palaeozoic Welsh Basin: Ludlow, Meeting House Quarry, Clarach Cove, and Rheader Gorge.
2002 Palaeozoic fish localities in South East Australia (IPC), New South Wales, Australia. Included Grenfell, Canowindra, and Wee Jasper.
2003 Early Cretaceous Las Hoyas lagerstätte, near Cuenca, Castilla de Mancha, Spain (3 weeks).
2003 Isle of Wight, UK. LERN fieldtrip. Included the Yaverland, Hanover Point and Whitecliff.
2004 Yorkshire Coast, UK. LERN fieldtrip.
2004 Middle Jurassic Elgol microvertebrate site (Kilmaluag Formation), Isle of Skye, Scotland (3 weeks).
2005 Daohugou, Inner Mongolia, China.
2005 Late Triassic terrestrial localities of Arizona, USA.
2013 Kangaroo Island, Australia. Included Emu Bay and Kelly Hill Caves.
2014 Mid-Mesozoic Field Conference, Colorado & Utah, USA. Included Dinosaur National Monument, Fruita, and various other sites exposing the Morrison Formation and Cedar Mountain Formation.
2014 Magnetostatigraphy of the Morrison Formation, Denver. USA. Field assistant for Susannah Maidment (Imperial College, London).
2010 Ecomorphology of lacertid lizards. Namibia (3 weeks).
2013 Functional morphology of agamid lizards. Included Wichelina, Owen Springs, and Trephina Gorge. South Australia and Northern Territory, Australia (2 weeks).
2014 Mojave desert, California, USA.
2014 Functional morphology of agamid lizards. Hiltaba and Wichelina, Australia (2 weeks).
2014 Functional morphology of agamid lizards. Owen Springs, Alice Springs, MacDonnell Ranges, Australia (2 weeks).
2015 Pygmy Bluetongue. South Australia (1 week)
2015 Functional morphology of agamid lizards. Queensland (1 week)
Senkenbergiana lethaea volume 87 (2007):
Anatomical Record volume 295 (2012), photo credit to Paddy Ryan:
Logo designed for the first Interdisciplinary Research Workshop, University of Adelaide, December 2014.
An interview with Marc by UCL about a publication in The Anatomical Record (2012): Shearing Mechanics and the Influence of a Flexible Symphysis During Oral Food Processing in Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia)
An interview with Marc about a publication in Journal of Biomechanics (2010): Feedback control from the jaw joints during biting: An investigation of the reptile Sphenodon using multibody modelling
The Bio-Inspired Sea-snake robot constructed in 2014 as part an interdisciplinary research project involving Amy Watson, Kate Sanders, Brett Goodman (all School of Biological Sciences), Frank Neumann, Gustavo Carneiro (Both School of Computer Science), and Lei Chen (School of Mechanical Engineering).
The skull of a tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) based on Computer Tomographic data (2015).