Lab Group Publications

(PI in bold, UT Austin postdocs denoted by §, UT Austin graduate students denoted by *, UT Austin undergraduate students denoted by‡)


– Martindale, R.C., Sulbaran Reyes, B.S. ‡, Sinha, S.*, Cooc, N. 2024. “Reef Survivor”: A new board game designed to teach college and university undergraduate students about reef ecology, evolution, and extinction. Journal of Geoscience Education. 72:1, 37-56,

Salgado Jauregui, E.*, Ellins, K., Martindale, R.C., Henry, D., Gordon-Smith, D.A. 2024. Incorporating diverse voices in geoconservation in Portland, Jamaica. The Geological Society Special Publications. 543 (1), SP543-2022-283. doi: 10.1144/SP543-2022-283.



– Killam, D. Das, S. Martindale, R.C., Gray, K.E., Paytan, A., Junium, C.K. 2023. Photosymbiosis and nutrient utilization in giant clams revealed by nitrogen isotope sclerochronology. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 359, 165–175.

Bogan, B.A. ‡, Martindale, R.C., Feldmann, R.M., Schweitzer, C.E., and Muscente, A.D.§, 2023. Morphological insights into the lobster genus Uncina Quenstedt, 1851 based on new material from the Ya Ha Tinda Konservat-Lagerstätte, Canada (Early Jurassic). Palaeontologia Electronica, 26(1):a11.

– Muscente, A.D.§, Vinnes, O., Sinha, S.*, Schiffbauer, J.D., Maxwell, E.E., Schweigert, G. & Martindale, R.C., 2023. What role does anoxia play in exceptional fossil preservation? Lessons from the taphonomy of the Posidonia Shale (Germany). Earth-Science Reviews, 238, 104323. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2023.104323

– Burstein, J. T., Goff, J. A., Gulick, S. P. S., Lowery, C., Standring, P.*, & Swartz, J. 2022. Tracking barrier island response to early Holocene sea-level rise: High resolution study of estuarine sediments in the Trinity River Paleovalley. Marine Geology, 45: 106951. doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2022.106951



– Stone, T.*, Martindale, R.C., Fonville, T.‡, Lathuilière, B., Boivin, S., Vasseur, R., Septfontaine, M. 2022. Assessment of a reef community from Lower Jurassic (Pliensbachian) strata in the Central High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Palaios. 37 (11): 633-649. doi: 10.2110/palo.2022.010

– Muscente, A.D.§, Martindale, R.C., Prabhu, A., Ma, X., Fox, P. Hazen, R.M., Knoll, A.H. 2022. Appearance and disappearance rates of Phanerozoic marine animal paleocommunities. Geology. 50 (3): 341–345. doi:

– Salgado Jauregui, E.*, Martindale, R.C., Ellins, K., Reyes, E., Weiss, A.M.*, 2022 Learning outcomes of the educational board game “Taphonomy: Dead and Fossilized”, evaluated with high school learners in a summertime program. Journal of Geoscience Education. 70:2, 176-194. doi: doi: 10.1080/10899995.2021.1965828

– Foster, W.J.§, Hirtz, J.A.‡, Farrell, C ., Reistroffer, M.‡,  Twitchett, R.J., Martindale, R.C. 2022. Bioindicators of severe ocean acidification are absent from the end-Permian mass extinction. Scientific Reports. 121202 (2022). doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-04991-9



– Sinha, S.*, Muscente A.D.§, Schiffbauer, J.D., Williams, M., Schweigert, G. & Martindale, R.C. 2021. Global controls on phosphatization of fossils during the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event. Scientific Reports. 11, 24087. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-03482-7.

– Sinha, S*, Brinkman, D.B., Murray, A.M., Krause, D.W. 2021. Late Paleocene fishes of the Ravenscrag Formation, Roche Percée area, southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, e1957907. doi: 10.1080/02724634.2021.1957907

– Vasseur, R., Lathuilière, B., Lazăr, I., Martindale, R.C., Bodin, S., Durlet, C. 2021. Major coral extinctions during the early Toarcian global warming event. Global and Planetary Change. 207. 103647. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2021.103647.

– Smith, B. P.*, Cantine, M. D., Bergmann, K. D., Ramos*, E. J., Martindale, R. C., & Kerans, C. 2021. Arid coastal carbonates and the Phanerozoic record of carbonate chemistry. AGU Advances, 2, e2021AV000386. doi: 10.1029/2021AV000386

– Martindale, R.C., Holstein, D.M., Knowlton, N., Voss, J.D., Weiss, A.M.*, Correa, A.M.S. 2021. Editorial: “Gulf of Mexico Reefs: Past, Present, and Future”. Frontiers in Marine Science – Coral Reef Research. 8:713058. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.713058

– Ettinger, N.P.*, Larson, T.E., Kerans, C., Thibodeau, A.M., Hattori, K.E.*, Kacur, S.M.‡, Martindale, R.C., 2021. Ocean acidification and photic-zone anoxia at the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event: Insights from the Adriatic Carbonate Platform. Sedimentology. 68, 63–107. doi: 10.1111/sed.12786



– Fernandes, A.M., Abeyta, A., Mahon, R.C., Martindale, R.C., Bergmann, K.D., Jackson, C., Present, T.M., Reano, D., Swanson, T., Butler, K., Brisson, S., Johnson, C., Mohrig, D., Blum, M.D., 2020. Enriching Lives within Sedimentary Geology: Actionable Recommendations for Making SEPM a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Society for All Sedimentary Geologists. The Sedimentary Record. 18(3): 4-12.

– Krencker, F. N., Fantasia, A., Danisch, J., Martindale, R.C., Kabiri, L., El Ouali, M., Bodin, S. 2020. Two-phased collapse of the shallow-water carbonate factory during the late Pliensbachian–Toarcian driven by changing climate and enhanced continental weathering in the Northwestern Gondwana Margin. Earth-Science Reviews. 208, 103254. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103254

– Martindale, R.C. and Weiss, A.M.* 2020. “Taphonomy: Dead and Fossilized”: A new board game designed to teach college undergraduate students about the process of fossilization. The Journal of Geoscience Education. 68:3, 265-285. doi: 10.1080/10899995.2019.1693217.

Bonuso, N., Stone, T.* & Williamson, K. 2020. Upper Triassic (Carnian) sponge reef mounds from South Canyon, central Nevada. Facies 66, 16 (2020). doi: 10.1007/s10347-020-00600-1

Smith, B.P.*, Larson, T.E., Martindale, R.C., Kerans, C. 2020. Impacts of basin restriction on geochemistry and extinction patterns: A case from the Guadalupian Delaware Basin, USA. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 530: 115876. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2019.115876.

Foster, W.J.§, Garvie, C.L., Weiss, A.M.*, Muscente, A. D.§, Aberhan, M., Counts, J.W., Martindale, R.C., 2020. Resilience of marine invertebrate communities during the early Cenozoic hyperthermals. Scientific Reports. 10, 2176.

Foster, W.J.§, Heindel, K., Richoz, S., Gliwa, J., Lehrmann, D., Baud, A., Kolar-Jurkovšek, T., Aljinovic, D., Jurkovšek, B., Korn, D., Martindale, R.C., and Peckmann, J., 2020. Suppressed competitive exclusion led to the proliferation of Permian/Triassic boundary microbialites. The Depositional Record. 6(1): 62-74. doi: 10.1002/dep2.97.



– Martindale, R.C., Benison, K., Jackson, C., Romans, B. 2019 #SEPM- Sedimentary Geology in the Twitterverse. The Sedimentary Record. 17(4): 10-11. (NOT PEER-REVIEWED)

Hattori, K.E.*, Kerans, C., Martindale, R.C., 2019. Sequence stratigraphic and paleoecologic analysis of an Albian coral-rudist patch reef, Arizona, USA.Palaios34(12): 600-615. doi: 10.2110/palo.2019.05234

Sinha, S.*, Brinkman, D.B., Murray, A.M. 2019. A morphological study of vertebral centra in extant species of pike, Esox (Teleostei: Esociformes). Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology 7, 111-128.

Boivin, S., Vasseur, R., Lathuilière, B., Lazăr, I., Durlet, C., Martindale, R.C., El Hmidi K., Martini R. 2019. A little walk between Early Jurassic sponges and corals: A confusing morphological convergence. Geobios. 57: 1-24. doi: 10.1016/j.geobios.2019.10.001.

Dee, S.G., Torres, M.A., Martindale, R.C., Weiss, A.M.*, DeLong, K.L. 2019. The future of reef ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico: insights from coupled climate model simulations and ancient hot-house reefs. Frontiers in Marine Science – Coral Reef Research. 6:691. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00691

Muscente, A.D.§, Martindale, R.C., Schiffbauer, J.D., Creighton, A.L.‡, Bogan, B.A.‡, 2019. Taphonomy of the Lower Jurassic Konservat-Lagerstätte at Ya Ha Tinda (Alberta, Canada) and its Significance for exceptional fossil preservation during Oceanic Anoxic Events. Palaios. 34 (11): 515-541. doi: 10.2110/palo.2019.050.

Foster, W.J.§, Lehrmann, D., Hirtz, J.‡ , White, M. J.‡, Yu, M., Ji, L. and Martindale, R.C., 2019. Early Triassic Benthic Invertebrates from the Great Bank of Guizhou, South China: Systematic Palaeontology and Palaeobiology. Papers in Palaeontology. 5(4), 613-656. doi: 10.1002/spp2.1252 *2019 Best Paper*

Foster, W.J. §, Lehrmann, D.J., Yu, M., Martindale, R.C., 2019. Facies selectivity of benthic invertebrates in a Permian/Triassic boundary microbialite succession: Implications for the “microbialite refuge” hypothesis. Geobiology. 17, 523–535. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12343. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12343

Vasseur, R., Boivin, S., Lathuilière, B., Lazăr, I., Durlet, C., Martindale, R.C., Bodin, S., and Elhmidi, K. 2019. Lower Jurassic corals from Morocco with skeletal structures convergent with those of Paleozoic rugosan corals. Palaeontologia Electronica 22.2.48A 1-32. doi: 10.26879/874

Weiss, A.M.* and Martindale, R.C., 2019. Paleobiological traits that determined scleractinian coral survival and proliferation during the late Paleocene and early Eocene hyperthermals. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. 34(2), 252-274. doi: 10.1029/2018PA003398

Kocurek, G., Martindale, R.C., Day, M., Goudge, T., Mason, J., Cardenas, B., Hassenruck-Gudip, H., Kerans, C., Petersen, E.I., Mohrig, D., Aylward, D.S., Nazworth, C., Hughes, C.M. 2019. Antecedent aeolian dune topography as a control on carbonate and evaporite facies: Jurassic Todilto Formation, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Sedimentology. 66(3),  808-837. doi: 10.1111/sed.12518

Muscente, A.D.§, Bykova, N., Boag, T.H., Buatois, L., Mángano, G., Eleish, A., Prabhu, A., Pan, F., Meyer, M.B., Schiffbauer, J. D., Fox, P., Hazen, R.M., and Knoll, A.H. 2019. Ediacaran biozones identified with network analysis provide evidence for pulsed extinctions of early complex life. Nature Communications. 10(911), 1–15. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-08837-3

Brame, H.R.*, Martindale, R.C., Ettinger, N.P.*, Debeljak, I., Vasseur, R., Lathuilière, B., Kabiri, L., Bodin, S., 2019. Stratigraphic distribution and paleoecological significance of Early Jurassic (Pliensbachian-Toarcian) lithiotid-coral reefal deposits from the Central High Atlas of Morocco. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 514, 813-837. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.09.001.

– Martindale, R.C., Foster W.J.§, Velledits F., 2019. The survival, recovery, and diversification of metazoan reef ecosystems following the end-Permian mass extinction event. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 513, 100-115. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.08.014.



Marroquín, S. M.*, Martindale, R.C., Fuchs, D. 2018. New Records of the Late Pliensbachian–Early Toarcian (Early Jurassic) Gladius-Bearing Coleoid Cephalopods from the Ya Ha Tinda Lagerstätte, Canada. Papers in Palaeontology. 14(2), 245-276. doi: 10.1002/spp2.1104

Heindel, K., Foster, W.J.§, Richoz, S., Birgel, D., Roden, V.J., Baud, A., Brandner, R., Krystyn, L., Mohtat, T., Koşun, E. and Twitchett, R.J., 2018. The formation of microbial-metazoan bioherms and biostromes following the latest Permian mass extinction. Gondwana Research.

Foster, W.J.§, Danise, S., Price, G.D. and Twitchett, R.J., 2018. Paleoecological analysis of benthic recovery after the late Permian mass extinction event in eastern Lombardy, Italy. Palaios, 33(6), pp.266-281.

Foster, W.J.§, Lehrmann, D., Yu, M., Ji, L., and Martindale, R.C., 2018. Persistent environmental stress delayed the recovery of marine communities in the aftermath of the latest Permian mass extinction. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. 33(4), 338-353. doi: 10.1002/2018PA003328.

Dunhill, A.M., Foster, W.J.§, Sciberras, J. and Twitchett, R.J., 2018. Impact of the Late Triassic mass extinction on functional diversity and composition of marine ecosystems. Palaeontology, 61(1), pp.133-148.


Tornabene, C.*, Martindale, R.C., Wang, X.T., Schaller, M.F., 2017. Detecting photosymbiosis in fossil scleractinian corals. Scientific Reports. 7 (9465), 1-10. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-09008-4

Weiss, A.M.* and Martindale, R.C., 2017. Crustose coralline algae increase framework and diversity on ancient coral reefs. PLoS ONE. 12(8), e0181637.

Foster W.J.§ and Sebe, K., 2017. Recovery and diversification of marine communities following the late Permian mass extinction event in the western Palaeotethys. Global and Planetary Change. 155, 165–177.

– Martindale, R.C. and Aberhan, M. 2017. Response of macrobenthic communities to the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event in northeastern Panthalassa (Ya Ha Tinda, Alberta, Canada). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 478, 103–120.

Maxwell, E.E., and Martindale, R.C. 2017. New Saurorhynchus (Actinopterygii: Saurichthyidae) material from the Early Jurassic of Alberta, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 54(7), 714-719

Foster, W. J.§, Danise, S., Price, G. D., and Twitchett, R. J., 2017, Subsequent biotic crises delayed marine recovery following the late Permian mass extinction event in northern Italy. PLoS ONE, 12(3), e0172321.

– Martindale, R.C., Them, T.R. II, Gill, B.C., Marroquín, S.M.*, Knoll, A.H., 2017. A new Early Jurassic fossil Lagerstätte from Ya Ha Tinda, Canada (~183 Ma). Geology, March 2017, 45, 255-258.

Them, T.R., Gill, B.C., Caruthers, A.H., Gröcke, D.R., Tulsky, E.T.T., Martindale, R.C., Poulton, T.P., and Smith, P.L., 2017, High-resolution carbon isotope records of the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (Early Jurassic) from North America and implications for the global drivers of the Toarcian carbon cycle Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 459, 118–126.



Foster, W.J.§, Danise, S., and Twitchett, R.J., 2016, A silicified Early Triassic marine assemblage from Svalbard: Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 1-27, doi: 10.1080/14772019.2016.1245680.2015



– Martindale R.C., Strauss, J.V., Sperling, E.A., Johnson, J.E., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Flannery, D., French, K., Lepot, K., Mazumder, R., Rice, M.S., Schrag, D.P., Summons, R., Walter, M., Abelson, J., and Knoll, A.H. 2015. Sedimentology, chemostratigraphy, and stromatolites of lower Paleoproterozoic carbonates, Turee Creek Group, Western Australia. Precambrian Research 266, 194-211.

Corsetti, F.A. Ritterbush, K.A., Bottjer, D.J., Greene, S.E., Ibarra, Y., Yager, J.A., West, A.J., Berelson, W.M., Rosas, S., Becker, T.W., Levine, N.M., Loyd, S.J., Martindale R.C., Petryshyn, V.A., Carroll, N.R., Petsios, E., Piazza, O., Pietsch, C., Stellmann, J.L., Thompson, J.R., Washington, K.A., and Wilmeth, D.T. 2015. Investigating the Paleoecological Consequences of Supercontinent Breakup: Sponges Clean Up in the Early Jurassic. The Sedimentary Record. 13 (2), 4–10.

– Martindale R.C., Corsetti, F.A., James, N.P., and Bottjer, D.J., 2015. Paleogeographic trends in Late Triassic reef ecology from northeastern Panthalassa. Earth Science Reviews 142, 18-37.



– Martindale R.C., Krystyn, L., Corsetti, F.A., and Bottjer, D.J., 2013. From fore reef to lagoon: Evolution of the Upper Triassic Dachstein carbonate platform on the Tennengebirge (Salzburg, Austria). Palaios 28, 755–770. *2013 Outstanding Paper in Palaios*

– Martindale R.C., Krystyn, L., Bottjer, D.J., Corsetti, F.A., Senowbari-Daryan, B., and Martini, R. 2013. Depth transect of an Upper Triassic (Rhaetian) reef from Gosau, Austria: Microfacies and community ecology. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 376, 1-21.



– Martindale R.C., Berelson, W.M., Corsetti, F.A., Bottjer, D.J., and West, A.J. 2012. Constraining carbonate chemistry at a potential ocean acidification event (the Triassic-Jurassic boundary) using the presence of corals and coral reefs in the fossil record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 350–352, 114–123.

– Martindale, R.C., Corsetti, F.A., Bottjer, D.J., and Senowbari-Daryan, B. 2012. Microbialite Fabrics and Diminutive Skeletal Bioconstructors in Lower Norian Summit Point Reefs, Oregon. U.S.A. Palaios 27, 489–508.

Greene, S.E.*, Martindale, R.C.*, Ritterbush, K.A., Bottjer, D.J., Corsetti, F.A., and Berelson, W.M. 2012. Recognizing ocean acidification in deep time: an evaluation of the evidence for acidification across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. Earth Science Reviews 113, 72–93.
*Both authors contributed equally to the paper

Hönisch, B., Ridgwell, A., Schmidt, D.N., Thomas, E. Gibbs, S.J., Sluijs, A., Zeebe, R., Kump, L., Martindale, R.C., Greene, S.E., Kiessling, W., Ries, J., Zachos, J.C., Royer, D.L., Barker, S., Marchitto, T.M., Moyer, R., Pelejero, C., Ziveri, P., Foster, G.L., and Williams, B., 2012. The Geological Record of Ocean Acidification. Science. 335. 1058–1063.

– Martindale, R.C., Bottjer, D.J., and Corsetti, F.A., 2012. Platy Coral Patch Reefs from Eastern Panthalassa (Nevada, USA): Unique reef construction in the Late Triassic. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 313–314. 41–58.

Zonneveld, J.P., Gingras, M.K., Beatty, T.W., Bottjer, D.J., Chaplin, J.R., Greene, S.E., Martindale R.C., Mata, S.A., McHugh, L.P., Pemberton, S.G., and Schoengut, J.A. 2012. Chapter 26: Mixed Siliciclastic/Carbonate Systems. In: Trace Fossils as Indicators of Sedimentary Environments. Knaust, D. and Bromley, R.G. (eds.). Developments in Sedimentology, Vol. 64. Elsevier. 924 p.  (NOT PEER-REVIEWED)

Richoz, S., Krystyn, L., von Hillebrandt, A., and Martindale R.C., 2012. End-Triassic crisis events recorded in platform and basin of the Austrian Alps. The Triassic/Jurassic and Norian/Rhaetian GSSPs. Field Trip Guide for the 29th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology in Schladming/Austria. Journal of Alpine Geology 55. S.321–374.  (NOT PEER-REVIEWED)



– Martindale, R.C., Zonneveld, J.P., and D.J. Bottjer, 2010. Microbial Framework of Upper Triassic (Carnian) Patch Reefs from Williston Lake, British Columbia, Canada. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 297. 609–620.



James, N.P., Martindale, R.C., Malcolm, I., Bone, Y., and J. Marshall. 2008. Surficial sediments on the continental shelf of Tasmania, Australia. Sedimentary Geology 211. 33–52.