Dr Marc Jones

Marc Jones
ARC DECRA Fellow and Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

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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).

 

Research Interests:

  • 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).

 

 

Career path:

1997-2001 M.Sci Palaeobiology (First Class Honours). Earth Sciences, UCL, University College London, UK
2002-2002 Curatorial Assistant. National Museum Cardiff, UK
2002-2006 PhD Vertebrate Palaeontology. Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL, University College London, UK
2005-2006 Lab Teaching Assistant. Birkbeck, University of London, UK
2007-2007 Teaching Administrator. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
2007-2010 Research Assistant. Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL, University College London, UK
2010-2013 Research Associate. Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL, University College London, UK
2013-. ARC DECRA Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Adelaide, Australia

 

Publications summary:

  • No. Publications - 45 articles in venues such as Nature, Current Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Royal Society Interface, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Anatomy, Journal of Morphology, and Journal of Experimental Biology.
  • Total citations - 1137 according to Google Scholar,
  • H-index - 20 according to Google Scholar,
  • Cited >10 times - 32 papers according to Google Scholar,

 

Invited talks:

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.
2016 X-ray computed tomography and landmark analysis adds another dimension to lizard skull shape evolution. Flinders University.
2016
A modern appreciation of the New Zealand tuatara. The Royal Society of South Australia.

 

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
mechanics.
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.
2016 (Oct) SVP:

 

 

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.
 

Symposium organisation:

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 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 Scope: 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: ScopeTV CSIRO: Biteforce in the pygmy Bluetongue on SE3E133 from 19:53

 

Field work experience - Palaeontology:

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).

 

 
Field work experience - Herpetology:

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)

 

 

Videos

 


An interview with Marc by UCL about a publication in The Anatomical Record (2012)  viewed over 9000 times: 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).

 

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2017 Award Lanzendorf Palaeoart Prize: National Geographic Digital Modeling and Animation Award Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and National Geographic 300
2016 Award SVP Colbert Student Poster Prize 2004 400
2016 Award Creativity and Innovation Fund 2016 The University of Adelaide 1252
2009 Research Award Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary 1520
2005 Research Award Sylvester Bradley Award (PalAss) 1000
2002 Award Palaeontological Association Council Poster Prize 2002 Palaeontological Association

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2006 UCL, University College London United Kingdom PhD
2001 UCL, University College London UK M.Sci

Research Interests

Anatomy & Morphology, Biomechanics, Evolutionary Biology, Palaeontology, Zoology

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Jones, M. & Hutchinson, M. (2017). Evolution: Sole survivor of a once-diverse lineage. Nature, 545, 7653, 158-.
10.1038/545158d
2017 Jenkins, K. M., Jones, M. E., Zikmund, T., Boyde, A. & Daza, J. D. (2017). A Review of Tooth Implantation Among Rhynchocephalians (Lepidosauria). JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY, 51, 3, 300-306.
10.1670/16-146
2017 Regnault, S., Hutchinson, J. & Jones, M. (2017). Sesamoid bones in tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) investigated with X-ray microtomography, and implications for sesamoid evolution in Lepidosauria.. J Morphol, 278, 1, 62-72.
10.1002/jmor.20619
2017 Lappin, A. K., Wilcox, S. C., Moriarty, D. J., Stoeppler, S. A., Evans, S. E. & Jones, M. E. (2017). Bite force in the horned frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli) with implications for extinct giant frogs. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7, 1, -.
10.1038/s41598-017-11968-6
2017 Gray, J., McDowell, M., Hutchinson, M. & Jones, M. (2017). Geometric morphometrics provides an alternative approach for interpreting the affinity of fossil lizard jaws. Journal of Herpetology, 51, 3, 375-382.
10.1670/16-145
2016 Regnault, S., Jones, M., Pitsillides, A. & Hutchinson, J. (2016). Anatomy, morphology and evolution of the patella in squamate lizards and tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Journal of Anatomy, 228, 5, 864-876.
10.1111/joa.12435
2016 Lee, M. S. Y., Palci, A., Jones, M. E. H., Caldwell, M. W., Holmes, J. D. & Reisz, R. R. (2016). Aquatic adaptations in the four limbs of the snake-like reptile Tetrapodophis from the Lower Cretaceous of Brazil. Cretaceous Research, 66, 194-199.
10.1016/j.cretres.2016.06.004
2014 Evans, S., Groenke, J., Jones, M., Turner, A. & Krause, D. (2014). New material of Beelzebufo, a hyperossified frog (Amphibia: anura) from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. PLoS One, 9, 1, e87236-1-e87236-61.
10.1371/journal.pone.0087236
2014 Kristopher Lappin, A. & Jones, M. (2014). Reliable quantification of bite-force performance requires use of appropriate biting substrate and standardization of bite out-lever. Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, 24, 4303-4312.
10.1242/jeb.106385
2013 Curtis, N., Jones, M. E. H., Evans, S. E., O'Higgins, P. & Fagan, M. J. (2013). Cranial sutures work collectively to distribute strain throughout the reptile skull. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10, 86, 20130442-1-20130442-8.
10.1098/rsif.2013.0442
2013 Jones, M., Anderson, C., Hipsley, C., Muller, J., Evans, S. & Schoch, R. (2013). Integration of molecules and new fossils supports a Triassic origin for Lepidosauria (lizards, snakes, and tuatara). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13, 1, 1-21.
10.1186/1471-2148-13-208
2013 Dong, L., Roček, Z., Wang, Y. & Jones, M. (2013). Anurans from the Lower Cretaceous Jehol Group of western Liaoning, China. A. Farke (Ed.). PLoS One, 8, 7, e69723-1-e69723-17.
10.1371/journal.pone.0069723
2013 Curtis, N., Jones, M., Evans, S., O'Higgins, P. & Fagan, M. (2013). Erratum: Cranial sutures work collectively to distribute strain throughout the reptile skull (Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2013) 10 (2013044) DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2013.0442). Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10, 87, -.
10.1098/rsif.2013.0584
2013 Gröning, F., Jones, M., Curtis, N., Herrel, A., O'Higgins, P., Evans, S. & Fagan, M. (2013). The importance of accurate muscle modelling for biomechanical analyses: a case study with a lizard skull. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10, 84, 20130216-1-20130216-10.
10.1098/rsif.2013.0216
2012 Mannion, P., Upchurch, P., Mateus, O., Barnes, R. & Jones, M. (2012). New information on the anatomy and systematic position of (Sauropoda: Diplodocoidea) from the Late Jurassic of Portugal, with a review of European diplodocoids. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 10, 3, 521-551.
10.1080/14772019.2011.595432
2012 Anquetin, J., Barrett, P., Jones, M., Moore-Fay, S. & Evans, S. (2012). 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, 1658, 879-886.
10.1098/rspb.2008.1429
2012 Jones, M. & Cree, A. (2012). Tuatara. Current Biology, 22, 23, R986-R987.
10.1016/j.cub.2012.10.049
2012 Jones, M. E., O'Higgins, P., Fagan, M. J., Evans, S. E. & Curtis, N. (2012). Shearing mechanics and the influence of a flexible symphysis during oral food processing in sphenodon (lepidosauria: rhynchocephalia). Anatomical Record, 295, 7, 1075-1091.
10.1002/ar.22487
2012 Meloro, C. & Jones, M. (2012). Tooth and cranial disparity in the fossil relatives of Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia) dispute the persistent 'living fossil' label. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25, 11, 2194-2209.
10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02595.x
2012 Kieser, J., He, L., Jones, M., Duncan, W., Swain, M. & Nelson, N. (2012). Erratum: 2011 Structure and compositional characteristics of caniniform dental enamel in the tuatara Sphenodon punctatus(New Zealand Dental Journal (2011) 107 (44-50)). New Zealand Dental Journal, 108, 4, 153-.
2012 Evans, S., Jones, M. & Matsumoto, R. (2012). A new lizard skull from the Purbeck Limestone Group (Lower Cretaceous) of England. Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France, 183, 6, 517-524.
10.2113/gssgfbull.183.6.517
2012 Apesteguía, S. & Jones, M. E. H. (2012). A late Cretaceous "tuatara" (Lepidosauria: Sphenodontinae) from South America. Cretaceous Research, 34, 154-160.
10.1016/j.cretres.2011.10.014
2012 Jones, M., Werneburg, I., Curtis, N., Penrose, R., O'Higgins, P., Fagan, M. & Evans, S. (2012). The head and neck anatomy of sea turtles (Cryptodira: Chelonioidea) and skull shape in testudines. A. Farke (Ed.). PLoS ONE, 7, 11, e47852-1-e47852-28.
10.1371/journal.pone.0047852
2012 Jones, M., Curtis, N., Zhao, S., O'Higgins, P., Fagan, M. & Evans, S. (2012). Modelling cranial joint deformation in a reptile skull. JOURNAL OF ANATOMY, 221, 1, 89-89.
2011 Curtis, N., Jones, M., Shi, J., O'Higgins, P., Evans, S. & Fagan, M. (2011). Functional relationship between skull form and feeding mechanics in Sphenodon, and implications for diapsid skull development. A. Farke (Ed.). PLoS ONE, 6, 12, e29804-1-e29804-11.
10.1371/journal.pone.0029804
2011 Jones, M., Hipsley, C., Anderson, C., Schoch, R. & Hipsley, C. (2011). THE FIRST RECORD OF MIDDLE TRIASSIC LEPIDOSAURS. JOURNAL OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, 31, 133-133.
2011 Jones, M. E. H., Curtis, N., Fagan, M. J., O'Higgins, P. & Evans, S. E. (2011). Hard tissue anatomy of the cranial joints in Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia): sutures, kinesis, and skull mechanics. Palaeontologia Electronica, 14, 2, 17A-1-17A-92.
2011 Kieser, J. A., He, L. H., Dean, M. C., Jones, M. E. H., Duncan, W. J., Swain, M. V. & Nelson, N. J. (2011). Structure and compositional characteristics of caniniform dental enamel in the tuatara sphenodon punctatus (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). New Zealand Dental Journal, 107, 2, 44-50.
2011 Curtis, N., Jones, M., O'Higgins, P., Fagan, M. & Evans, S. (2011). DYNAMIC ANALYSIS OF THE SPECIALISED JAW MOVEMENTS IN SPHENODON AND RELATED CHARACTER ACQUISITION IN FOSSIL RHYNCHOCEPHALIA (DIAPSIDA: LEPIDOSAURIA). JOURNAL OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, 31, 94-94.
2010 Curtis, N., Jones, M., Lappin, A., O'Higgins, P., Evans, S. & Fagan, M. (2010). Comparison between in vivo and theoretical bite performance: using multi-body modelling to predict muscle and bite forces in a reptile skull. Journal of Biomechanics, 43, 14, 2804-2809.
10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.05.037
2010 Curtis, N., Jones, M., Evans, S., O'Higgins, P. & Fagan, M. (2010). Feedback control from the jaw joints during biting: an investigation of the reptile Sphenodon using multibody modelling. Journal of Biomechanics, 43, 16, 3132-3137.
10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.08.001
2010 Curtis, N., Jones, M. E. H., Evans, S. E., Shi, J., O'Higgins, P. & Fagan, M. J. (2010). Predicting muscle activation patterns from motion and anatomy: modelling the skull of Sphenodon (Diapsida: Rhynchocephalia). Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 7, 42, 153-160.
10.1098/rsif.2009.0139
2009 Jones, M. E. H. & Lappin, K. A. (2009). Bite-force performance of the last rhynchocephalian (Lepidosauria: Sphenodon). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 39, 2-3, 71-83.
10.1080/03014220909510565
2009 Moazen, M., Curtis, N., O'Higgins, P., Jones, M., Evans, S. & Fagan, M. (2009). Assessment of the role of sutures in a lizard skull: a computer modelling study. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 276, 1654, 39-46.
10.1098/rspb.2008.0863
2009 Jones, M. E. H., Curtis, N., O'Higgins, P., Fagan, M. & Evans, S. E. (2009). The head and neck muscles associated with feeding in Sphenodon (Reptilia: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Palaeontologia Electronica, 12, 2, 12.2.7A-1-12.2.7A-56.
2009 Kieser, J., Tkatchenko, T., Dean, M., Jones, M., Duncan, W. & Nelson, N. (2009). Microstructure of dental hard tissues and bone in the Tuatara dentary, Sphenodon punctatus (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Frontiers of Oral Biology, 13, 80-85.
10.1159/000242396
2009 Jones, M., Tennyson, A., Worthy, J., Evans, S. & Worthy, T. (2009). A sphenodontine (Rhynchocephalia) from the Miocene of New Zealand and palaeobiogeography of the tuatara (Sphenodon). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 276, 1660, 1385-1390.
10.1098/rspb.2008.1785
2009 Curtis, N., Jones, M. E. H., Evans, S. E., O'Higgins, P. & Fagan, M. J. (2009). Visualising muscle anatomy using three-dimensional computer models - an example using the head and neck muscles of Sphenodon. Palaeontologia Electronica, 12, 3, 1-18.
2009 Zhang, G., Wang, Y., Jones, M. E. H. & Evans, S. E. (2009). A new Early Cretaceous salamander (Regalerpeton weichangensis gen. et sp. nov.) from the Huajiying Formation of northeastern China. Cretaceous Research, 30, 3, 551-558.
10.1016/j.cretres.2008.10.004
2008 Evans, S., Jones, M. & Krause, D. (2008). A giant frog with South American affinities from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 105, 8, 2951-2956.
10.1073/pnas.0707599105
2008 Jones, M. (2008). Skull shape and feeding strategy in Sphenodon and other rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). Journal of Morphology, 269, 8, 945-966.
10.1002/jmor.10634
2007 Wang, Y., Jones, M. & Evans, S. (2007). A juvenile anuran from the Lower Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation, Liaoning, China. Cretaceous Research, 28, 2, 235-244.
10.1016/j.cretres.2006.07.003
2007 Jones, M. (2007). Evolution and diversification of feeding apparatus in the Rhynchocephalia (Reptilia : Lepidosauria). JOURNAL OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, 27, 3, 97A-97A.
2007 Evans, S., Jones, M. & Krause, D. (2007). A giant hyperossified frog with South American affinities in the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. JOURNAL OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, 27, 3, 73A-73A.
2007 Jones, M. E. (2007). Cranial suture morphology of the lepidosaur Sphenodon (Diapsida : Rhynchocephalia) and implications for functional morphology. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY, 268, 12, 1090-1091.
2007 Evans, S., Wang, Y. & Jones, M. (2007). An aggregation of lizard skeletons from the lower cretaceous of China. Senckenbergiana Lethaea, 87, 1, 109-118.
10.1007/BF03043910
2006 Jones, M. E. (2006). The Early Jurassic clevosaurs from China (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). J. D. Harris, S. Lucas, M. Spielmann, M. Lockley, A. R. C. Milner & J. Kirkland (Eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, 37, 548-562.
2005 Evans, S., Barrett, P., Hilton, J., Jones, M., Parrish, J. & Rayfield, E. (2005). THE MIDDLE JURASSIC VERTEBRATE ASSEMBLAGE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND. JOURNAL OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, 25, 3, 54A-55A.
2004 Smith, A., Jones, M. & Evans, S. (2004). A HYPEROSSIFIED MEGAFROG FROM THE UPPER CRETACEOUS OF MADAGASCAR. JOURNAL OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, 24, 3, 113A-114A.
2004 Jones, M. E. (2004). SKULL EVOLUTION IN RHYNCHOCEPHALIA. JOURNAL OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, 24, 3, 76A-77A.
2003 Jones, M., Evans, S. & Sigogneau-Russell, D. (2003). Early Cretaceous frogs from Morocco. Annals of Carnegie Museum, 72, 2, 65-97.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2010 Evans, S. & Jones, M. (2010). The origin, early history and diversification of Lepidosauromorph reptiles. In S. Bandyopadhyay (Ed.), New Aspects of Mesozoic Biodiversity (pp. 27-44). Springer.
10.1007/978-3-642-10311-7
2009 Kieser, J. A., Tkatchenko, T., Dean, M. C., Jones, M. E., Duncan W, & Nelson, N. J. (2009). Microstructure of dental hard tissues and bone in the Tuatara dentary, Sphenodon punctatus (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). In T. Koppe, G. Meyer & Alt Kw (Eds.), Comparative Dental Morphology (pp. 80-85). Switzerland: S. Karger AG.
10.1159/isbn.978-3-8055-9230-7
2009 Jones, M. E. H. (2009). Dentary tooth shape in sphenodon and its fossil relatives (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). In T. Koppe, G. Meyer & K. W. Alt (Eds.), (pp. 9-15). Karger.
10.1159/000242382
2006 Evans, S. E., Barrett, P. M., Hilton, J., Butler, R., Jones, M. E., LIang, M. M. ... Underwood, C. (2006). The Middle Jurassic vertebrate assemblage of Skye, Scotland. In P. M. Barrett & S. E. Evans (Eds.), (pp. 36-39). The Natural History Museum.
2006 Jones, M. E. (2006). Tooth diversity and function in the Rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). In P. M. Barrett & S. E. Susan (Eds.), (pp. 55-58). Natural History Museum.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2017 Dutel, H., Sharp, A. C., Jones, M. E. H., Evans, S. E., Fagan, M. J. & Groning, F. (2017). Comparative skull biomechanics in Varanus and Salvator ‘Tupinambis’. 65th Symposium of Vetebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy. The University of Birmingham.
10.7287/peerj.preprints.3176v1/supp-1
2011 Evans, S. E., Martin-Gonzales, E., Jones, M. E. H., Sanchez-Pinto, L. & Talavera, F. G. (2011). Identification of a new snake fossil from the Canary Islands using micro-CT techniques. XXVII Jornadas de la Sociedad Española de Paleontología: Simposios de los proyectos PICG 587 y 596 (SEP 2011). J. Marigo, M. P. de los Rios, R. Minwer-Barakat, D. DeMiguel & A. Bolet (Eds.) Sabadell, Barcelona.
2011 Lappin, A. & Jones, M. (2011). Empirical Standardization of Bite-force Performance. Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology. Salt Lake City, UT.
2008 Curtis, N., Fagan, M., Shi, J., Evans, S. & Jones, M. (2008). PREDICTING MUSCLE FORCES AND ACTIVATION PATTERNS DURING MASTICATION: A MULTI-BODY COMPUTER MODELLING STUDY OF SPHENODON PUNCTATUS (LEPIDOSAURIA: RHYNCHOCEPHALIA). 68th Annual Meeting of the Society-of-Vertebrate-Paleontology. Cleveland Museum Nat Hist, Cleveland, OH.
2008 Jones, M., Tennyson, A., Evans, S. & Worthy, T. (2008). THE FIRST PRE-PLEISTOCENE RECORD OF A TUATARA (SPHENODON)-LIKE ANIMAL FROM NEW ZEALAND AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE OLIGOCENE DROWNING. 68th Annual Meeting of the Society-of-Vertebrate-Paleontology. Cleveland Museum Nat Hist, Cleveland, OH.
2008 Moazen, M., Curtis, N., Evans, S., Jones, M. & Fagan, M. (2008). THE ROLE OF CRANIAL SUTURES IN A LIZARD SKULL: A FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS INVESTIGATION. 68th Annual Meeting of the Society-of-Vertebrate-Paleontology. Cleveland Museum Nat Hist, Cleveland, OH.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2016 Gray, J., Reed, E. H., Hutchinson, M., Jones, M. & McDowell, M. (2016). Agamid lizard fossils from South Australian caves and their implications for environmental change during the Quaternary. Palaeo Down Under 2. University of Adelaide.
2015 Groning, F., Jones, M., Curtis, N., O'Higgins, P., Susan, S. & Fagan, M. (2015). Cranial kinesis and its effect on feeding performance in lizards. Anatomical Society Summer Meeting. University of Bradford.
10.1111/joa.12271

Live Performance of Creative Works

Year Citation
2012 Jones, M. E., (2012). Science Showoff - Tuatara, Vimeo,

Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events

Year Citation
2016 Jones, M. E. H., Chatterji, R., Nelson, T., Gray, J. A., Palci, A., Treloar, J. -. B. & Hutchinson, M. N.; (2016); Fantastic Plastic Reptile Skulls; Facebook;
2015 Jones, M. E.; (2015); VolBif; eRSA; eRSA;

Marc is primarily funded by the Australian Research Council on a Discovery Early Career Research Award DE130101567.

Marc is also CI on a Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP160100189 "Testing co-evolutionary processes driving venom diversity in tiger snakes"
 
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.

Course coordination:
2016  
 Level III    Research Methods in Evolutionary Biology III (ENVBIOL 3530) University of Adelaide. A stream with Research Methods III (ENVBIOL 3510).
2014– 2015     Level III    Issues in Evolutionary Biology III (ENVBIOL 3123) University of Adelaide. Course now forms part of Evolution of Australian Biota III (ENVBIOL 3550)

 

Lectures, practicals, and workshops:
2016    Level III    Two assessed practical classes: “External lizard anatomy”, “Amniote skull osteology”,   Two lectures: “Ediacaran to the Cretaceous: Gogo fish and Australian dinosaurs”, “Miocene drying in Australia: Lizards, tuatara, and crocodylians” and  Tutorial: “Tree thinking, phyla, and the phylogenetic relationships of animals” for Evolution of Australian Biota III (ENVBIOL) 3550.
2015–2016    Level III    Lecture: “The Evolution of the Central Nervous System” for ‘Functional Human Neuroanatomy III’ (ANAT_SC_3103)' and coordinated by Dr Lyndsey Collins Praino.
2015    Level III    Tutorial: “Reading evolutionary trees and implications for evolution of the nervous system” for ‘Functional Human Neuroanatomy III’ (ANAT_SC_3103)
2016 & 2015    Level II    Practical: “Functional morphology of vertebrates” for ‘Zoology II’ (ENV BIOL 2503). Assisted Jeremy Austin.
2016    Level III    Four Lectures and Workshops: “Trees, characters, and parsimony”, “Molecular characters and maximum likelihood”, “Bayesian phylogenetics”, “Synthesys and assessment” for ‘Research Methods in Evolutionary Biology III (ENVBIOL 3530)’. Each delivered twice to 50% of the class. Included introductory lectures, exercises on representing variation amongst anatomical characters and optimization, training in the molecular analysis software program Geneious, a quiz, and an assessed exercise using real genetic data from Wombats.
2015    Level III    Lecture and Tutorial: “Living fossils” for Issues in Evolutionary Biology III (ENVBIOL) 3123.
Mar 2015    Mainly PhDs and postgrads    Day course: “Shape analysis workshop” for 23 people. Delivered with Emma Sherratt (who’s travel was funded by the Environment Institute)
2014    MSc    Afternoon workshops: “An introduction to Twitter” and “Mock networking event” for ‘Communicating Science (University of Adelaide, SCIENCE 7020)’.
2015 –2014     Level III    Undergraduate practicals (one assessed): “Reptile external anatomy” and “Amniote skeletal variation” for ‘Evolution and Palaeobiology of Animals III (ENVBIOL 3122)’. Involved use of museum specimens, websites hosting computer models, and 3D print out skulls twice natural size.
2015 –2013    Level III    Four Lectures: “The origin, evolution, and diversity of lepidosaurs”, “The biogeography of lepidosaurs”, “Functional morphology: concepts, suction feeding, and tongues”, and “Functional morphology: teeth and oral food processing” for ‘Evolution and Palaeobiology of Animals III (ENVBIOL 3122)’
2014 –2013    Level III    Lecture and Tutorial: “Skull shape and biomechanics” for ‘Issues in Evolutionary Biology III (ENVBIOL 3123)’

 

Other student development activities:
2016 – now    I am on the committee members for the University of Adelaide Genetics and Evolution Seminar Series which allows students to present their research progress and promotes interdepartmental communication. I run the associated Twitter account @UoAGESS
2016    Student poster prize judge for the School of Biological Science Graduate Research Day.
2016    Helped establish and facilitated a journal club to enhance communication between the graduate students of the Jones, Sanders, and Hutchinson research groups.
2014    Completed the 3 unit course University Teaching for Effective Student Learning (3420 EDUC 5401) with Dr Cally Guerin
2014 –    Established and facilitated bimonthly Avizo User Group Meetings for discussion of Computed Tomography segmentation software and related research.

 

Broader educational outreach:
2016 –  now    I led the initiative Fantastic Plastic Reptile Skulls which uses 3D printed skulls to promote appreciation a greater awareness of reptile skull diversity by using attractive, accurate, and tactile 3D models. This project was the Innovation Fund Winner at the University of Adelaide Open Day 2016. There is an active Twitter account @FPRSkulls and facebook page.
2016 Oct    TV interview for Scope: science television for kids - CSIRO: Biteforce in the pygmy Bluetongue on SE3E133 from 19:53
2016 & 2014    Contributing author to E-Science with articles on a new fossil to set the reptile molecular clock and measuring bite force in lizards.
2016 –  2015    Helped deliver Kids Navigate Neuroscience, a science week outreach event for kids aged 6-12 yrs organised by Lyndsey Collins-Praino and Renée Turner (The University of Adelaide).
2015    Supervised a work experience student for a week from Pembroke School: Darcy MacCartie
2014 Mar    Provided guidance on science communication to TRaX (The Centre for Tectonics, Resources and Exploration): http://www.adelaide.edu.au/trax.

 

    
Selected activity outside University of Adelaide
Oct 2015    Day course: “Geomorph: R Package for the Collection and Analysis of Geometric Morphometric Data” for mainly PhDs and postgrads with Aki Watanabe and Emma Sherratt at the 75th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Dallas, Texas.
2012 – now    Chair of the student poster prize for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology: Involves organizing and judging the best student poster at the annual international meeting and providing tips on poster presentations at the annual student roundtable event.
2013 – 2011    Associate Trainer with www.thinkwrite.biz, UK delivered various graduate development courses (e.g. writing abstracts) for students from UCL, University of Cambridge, University of Bath, University of Reading, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and The Karolinska Institut.
2013 – 2003    Various lectures, practicals, and workshops: Whilst at University College London I contributed to teaching in the department of Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Anatomy.

 

Current PhD students:
2016: Ray Chatterji, "The evolution and function of the skull in turtles".
2016: Jessie Briar Teloar, "Recent fossil Dasyuridae". High distinction. Co-supervised with Liz Reed and Mark Hutchinson (South Australia).
2015: Jaimi A. Gray, "Skull and tooth variation amongst agamid lizards". Co-supervised with Kate Sanders and Mark Hutchinson.

Completed Honours students:
2016: Ray Chatterji, "The growth and evolution of skull anatomy in sea turtles". High distinction.
2015: Thomas Nelson, "Allometry in Kangaroos". Co-supervised with Roger Seymour  and Edward Snelling (University of Adelaide). High distinction.
2014: Jaimi A. Gray, "Agamid lizard skeleton identification and inferences for Pleistocene distributions". Co-supervised with Mark Hutchinson (South Australia Museum). High distinction.

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2011 - ongoing Member Linnean Society United Kingdom
2011 - ongoing Member The Anatomical Society United Kingdom
2008 - ongoing SSAR (Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles)
2007 - ongoing SRARNZ (Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in NZ)
2004 - ongoing Member SVP (Society of Vertebrate Paleontology) United States
2002 - ongoing Founder London Evolution Research Network United Kingdom
2002 - ongoing Member PalAss (Palaeontological Association) United Kingdom

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2013 - ongoing Member SVP Programme Commitee Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
2007 - ongoing Chair SVP Colbert student poster prize committee United States
Position
ARC DECRA Fellow and Lecturer
Phone
83137036
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Darling Building
Room Number
1 28
Org Unit
Genetics & Evolution

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