UCMP welcomes Charles Marshall
"I am interested in how paleontology informs our understanding of the history of life, especially the processes that control it" Charles says. He has broad research interests, including integrating both paleontological and molecular phylogenetic data to look at speciation and extinction rates at different times in the past. A confessed math-lover, he also develops quantitative methods to compensate for the incompleteness of the fossil record; his work looks at the rapidity and timing of mass extinctions, diversification, and the calibration of molecular clocks. His research also has a strong empirical component he has published papers on the functional morphology of diverse taxa, including fossil plants, marine invertebrates, and the fish-amphibian transition. His favorite taxa include echinoderms and sarcopterygians (especially lungfish). His current research examines the synergy of tectonic processes, climate change, and changes in diversity on geologic timescales, as well as the importance of new genomic data in our understanding of the Cambrian explosion.
In addition to solving such complex problems, Charles enjoys teaching students at all levels and playing soccer. Charles' wife, Swee Peck Quek, is also a biologist, and is a Berkeley alum, with a B.A. in Integrative Biology. She also holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard and a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Charles and Swee Peck are expecting their first child in February. Join us in welcoming Charles and his growing family to the UCMP community!
Thanking Roy Caldwell
Photo of Charles Marshall by Swee Peck Quek; cake photo by Jennifer Skene