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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ 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).
- Souto, C., R. Mooi, L. Martins, C. Menegola, and C.R. Marshall (in press). 2019. Homoplasy and extinction: the phylogeny of the cassidulid echinoids (Echinodermata). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Read it
- Contreras, D.L., I.A.P. Duijnstee, S.L. Ranks, C.R. Marshall, C.V. Looy. 2017. The evolution of dispersal strategies in conifers: convergence and divergence in the morphology of diaspores. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. 24:93−117. Read it
- Huynh, T.L., D. Evangelista and C.R. Marshall. 2015. Visualizing the fluid flow through the complex skeletonized respiratory structures of a blastoid echinoderm. Palaeontologia Electronica 18.1.14A: 1-17. Read it
- Barnosky, A.D., E.L. Lindsey, N.A. Villavicencio, J.E. Bostelmann, E.A. Hadly, J. Wanket, C.R. Marshall,. 2015. Variable impact of Late Quaternary defaunation in causing ecological state shifts in North and South America. PNAS 201505295 Read it