Rowan C Martindale
I am an Assistant Professor at UT Austin in the Department of Geosciences. My students and I are already involved with many paleontological, geobiological, and sedimentological projects so please contact me if think you may be interested in joining the group. Check out specific projects and facilities on our website: www.jsg.utexas.edu/martindale/
I am primarily interested in marine paleoecology and the geobiology of carbon cycle perturbation events (e.g. mass extinctions, ocean anoxic events, and ocean acidification events in deep time). My research also includes carbonate sedimentology and the paleontology/paleobiology of reef builders (e.g corals and sponges). I am currently working on the Pliensbachian-Toarcian (Early Jurassic, ~183 Ma) reef crisis and Toarcian Ocean Anoxic Event. My doctoral research focused on the reef demise and extinction at the Triassic-Jurassic (T-J) boundary, which has been hypothesized to be an ocean acidification event caused by the rapid eruption of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province and subsequent release of carbon dioxide. Extinction events, such as the Triassic-Jurassic, draw attention for their catastrophism, however, lesser extinction events can be just as interesting, particularly for resolving questions pertaining to species survival and ecosystem recovery. The Late Triassic and Early Jurassic events will help us understand what environmental conditions cause massive ecosystem collapse, and what conditions marine biota can survive. A large part of my research involves the study of Upper Triassic and Lower Jurassic reef ecosystems, the newly evolved scleractinian corals, and reef variations geographically and temporally. I have also begun research on an Early Jurassic Lagerstatte, which preserves both pelagic and benthic communities across the Toarcian Ocean Anoxic Event. In future work, I am interested in combining my research on ancient ocean carbon cycle perturbations and extinctions with research on modern reef decline and stressors that inhibit the secretion of calcareous skeleton.
Areas of Expertise
Triassic and Jurassic reef paleoecology, mass extinctions (Triassic-Jurassic, 201 Ma), carbon cycle perturbation events in deep time, ocean acidification in deep time, Oceanic Anoxic Events, invertebrate paleontology (corals, sponges, algae, microbes), Mesozoic marine communities and ecosystems, exceptional fossil preservation (Lagerstätten), paleoecology, carbonate petrography, warm-water and cool-water carbonate (eco)systems, low-temperature geochemistry.
Current Research Programs & ProjectsMass Extinctions and their Causes ( view )Carbon-cycle Perturbation Events: Community collapse or resilience? ( view )Triassic and Jurassic Reef Paleoecology ( view )Paleocene-Eocene Reefs and the PETM ( view )Paleobiology of Reef Builders ( view )Exceptional Fossil Preservation (Lagerstatten) ( view )
2013 Outstanding Paper in Palaios - SEPM (2015)
Critical infrastructure upgrades and expanded digital access to Non-vertebrate Paleontology Collections at the University of Texas at Austin - NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research (2015)
CNS Catalyst Grant - University of Texas at Austin, College of Natural Sciences (2015 - 2016)
JSG Seed Grant - Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin (2013 - 2016)
Postdoctoral Scholar (declined) - Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2012)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (declined) - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2012)
AGU Session Organizer, AGU Annual Meeting (2015 - 2016)
Science Advisor, Paleontological Society of Austin (2015 - Present)
AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Judge, Judge and Session Liason, American Geophysical Union (AGU) (2015 - Present)
Session Chair, Caribbean Coral Reefs at Risk Symposium (2015)
Poster Symposium Judge, Jackson School of Geosciences Student Symposium (2015 - Present)
Executive committee member, Secretary, GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division (2014 - Present)
Board of Directors, Workshop Committee, STEPPE Consortium (2014 - Present)
GSA Session Organizer, GSA Annual Meeting (2013 - 2014)
Reviewer, NSF; Science; Geology; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; Sedimentology (2008 - Present)
Drew Muscente is a postdoctoral fellow with a background in biology and geology. After receiving a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, Drew completed his Ph.D. in Geosciences at Virginia Tech, where his work focused on the geomicrobiological processes and paleoenvironments that allow for fossilization of soft and labile tissues. He then spent two years as a postdoc at...
William Foster, 2015 - 2017
Anna M Weiss
, Ph.D., expected 2019
I am a PhD candidate in the Martindale lab. I received my undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Geology from Stony Brook University in 2013. My research interests are broad and include the consequences of climate change for biotic communities, the evolution of keystone species, and the use of databases, statistical analyses, and models in paleoecology. At UT, I focus on...
, Ph.D., expected 2019
I am fourth year PhD student studying carbonate sedimentology and stratigraphy. I am interested in ancient carbonate platforms as both reservoirs as well as records of biogeochemical change throughout earth history. My research focuses on unravelling this carbonate record by integrating outcrop-based field studies with quantitative data such as 3D point cloud models and geochemistry.
Nicholas Ettinger, M.S., 2017 (Supervisor)
Kelly Hattori, M.S., 2017 (Supervisor)
Selva Marroquin, M.S., 2016 (Supervisor)
Chiara Tornabebe, M.S., 2016 (Supervisor)
Hannah Brame (Supervisor)
Mesozoic Marine Communities and the Extinctions that Shaped Them, Texas A&M University, College Station (2016)
Reefs, Extinctions, and Lagerstätten! Oh My!, University of Texas, San Antonio, San Antonio (2015)
Reefs, Lagerstätten, and Extinctions!, Paleontological Society of Austin, Austin (2015)
|2018||Summer||GEO f660A||Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut|
|2018||Spring||GEO 405||Life Through Time|
|2017||Fall||GEO 322J||Transitions In History Of Life|
|2017||Fall||GEO 397L||Transitions In Hist Of Life|
|2017||Spring||GEO 405||Life Through Time|
|2017||Spring||GEO 394||Rsch In Geological Sciences|
|2016||Fall||GEO 371T||Evolution Of Reef Ecosystems|
|2016||Fall||GEO 389E||Evolution Of Reef Ecosystems|
|2016||Spring||GEO 405||Life Through Time|
|2016||Spring||GEO 394||Rsch In Geological Sciences|
|2015||Fall||GEO 371T||Transitions In History Of Life|
|2015||Fall||GEO 391||Transitions In History Of Life|
|2015||Fall||GEO 394||Rsch In Geological Sciences|
|2015||Spring||GEO 391||Evolution Of Reef Ecosystems|
|2015||Spring||GEO 391||Exceptional Fossilization|
PhD Student (Graduate)
I am accepting applications for a new PhD Student in my lab. This student must be interested in paleontological or carbonate sedimentology research (both would be best), and should be aware of the current/recent projects in the Martindale Lab. Exceptional MSc students will be considered, but preference is for a doctoral student (prior research experience at the undergraduate or MSc level is desired).
Martindale Lab Website
The website for the Martindale research group at UT Austin.
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Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab
The Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab website on Pickle Research Campus
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Website
News and Updates from the GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division