Curator/Professor, Integrative Biology
"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 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.
Other interests: Charles enjoys teaching students at all levels and playing soccer. His favorite taxa include echinoderms and sarcopterygians (especially lungfish).
- Marshall, C.R. 2019. Using the Fossil Record to Evaluate Timetree Timescales. Frontiers in Genetics, 10, p.1049.
- Lim, J.Y., C.R. Marshall, E.A. Zimmer, and W.L. Wagner. 2019. Multiple colonizations of the Pacific by Peperomia (Piperaceae): Complex patterns of long‐distance dispersal and parallel radiations on the Hawaiian Islands. Journal of Biogeography. 12 pages. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13717
- Souto, C., R. Mooi, L. Martins, C. Menegola, and C.R. Marshall. 2019. Homoplasy and extinction: the phylogeny of cassidulid echinoids (Echinodermata). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
- Vermeij, G.J., R.K. Grosberg, C.R. Marshall, R. Motani. 2018. The sea as deathtrap: comment on a paper by Miller and Wiens. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12886.
- Marshall, C.R., S. Finnegan, E.C. Clites, P.A. Holroyd, N. Bonuso, C. Cortez, E. Davis, G.P. Dietl, P.S. Druckenmiller, R.C. Eng, C. Garcia, K. Estes-Smargiassi, A. Hendy, K.A. Hollis, H. Little, E.A. Nesbitt, P. Roopnarine, L. Skibinski, J. Vendetti, & L.D. White. 2018. Quantifying the dark data in museum fossil collections as palaeontology undergoes a second digital revolution. Biology Letters, 14: 20180431 (4 pages). Read it