Rose, P. J., D.L. Fox, J. D. Marcot, and C. Badgley. 2011. Flat latitudinal gradient in Paleocene mammal richness suggests decoupling of climate and biodiversity. Geology 39:786

Pardo, J. D., A.K. Huttenlocker and, J. D. Marcot. 2008. Stratocladistics and evaluation of evolutionary modes in the fossil record: An example from the ammonite genus Semiformiceras. Palaentology 51:767-773

Marcot, J. D., and D. Fox. 2008. Strataphy: A new computer program for stratocladistic analysis. Palaeontologia Electronica 11:5A

Marcot, J. D., and D. McShea.  2007. Increasing hierarchical complexity throughout the history of life:  phylogenetic tests of trend mechanisms. Paleobiology 33:182-200.

Marcot, J. D. 2007.  Molecular phylogeny of terrestrial artiodactyls: conflicts and resolution.  In Evolution of the Artiodactyls. D. Prothero and S. Foss, eds. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Barrick, R. E., M. K. Stoskopf, J. D. Marcot, D. A. Russell, And W. J. Showers. 1998. The thermoregulatory functions of the Triceratops frill and horns: Heat flow measured with oxygen isotopes. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18:746-750.

Sereno, P. C., A. L. Beck, D. B. Dutheil, B. Gado, H. C. E. Larsson, G. H. Lyon, J. D. Marcot, O. W. M. Rauhut, R. W. Sadleir, C. A. Sidor, D. D. Varricchio, G. P. Wilson, And J. A. Wilson. 1998. A long-snouted predatory dinosaur from Africa and the evolution of spinosaurids. Science 282:1298-1302.

Kowalewski, M., K. W. Flessa, And J. D. Marcot. 1997. Predatory scars in the shells of a Recent lingulid brachiopod: Paleontological and ecological implications. Acta Paleontologica Polonica 42:497-532.

Kowalewski, M., E. Dyreson, J. D. Marcot, J. A. Vargas, K. W. Flessa, And D. P. Hallman. 1997. Phenetic discrimination of biometric simpletons: paleobiological implications of morphospecies in the lingulide brachiopod Glottidia. Paleobiology 23:444-469.

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April 2012 - Two graduate students, David Birlenbach and Spencer Hellert, have accepted their offers of admission and will join the Marcot Lab in Fall 2012. Welcome David and Spencer!

Marcot Lab undergraduates Amanda Glynn and Darcy Ross have successfully defended their senior theses, and been awarded "Distinction" in the major. Congratulations Amanda and Darcy!

March 2012 - Marcot lab undergraduates Amanda Glynn and Darcy Ross have accepted graduate school positions at UC Davis and University of Chicago, respectively. Best of luck Amanda and Darcy!

The Marcot Lab is always looking to recruit exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows with interests in macroevolution, paleontology, and/or systematic biology. MS and PhD graduate students can be accepted to the lab through the Department of Animal Biology, or the PEEC program. Interested students or potential postdoctoral fellows should contact Dr. Jonathan Marcot at jmarcot at

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University of Illinois

Urbana, IL 61801

Telephone: 217-244-6826

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Ongoing Research Projects


Mammalian diversification

The Marcot Lab incorporates phylogenetic, morphometric, and molecular approaches to investigate whether mammalian diversification tends to be driven by features of the diversifying group (e.g., "key adaptations"), or by interactions with their external environment (e.g., climate change, competition, predation, etc.). A particular focusof this research is the features causing the evolutionary radiation of artiodactyl mammals.

Phylogenetic methods

The range of scientific hypotheses that we can address is limited by the methods we have to test them. As such, a major research focus of the Marcot Lab is developing new phylogenetic methods and software.

Biological complexity

Cellular organisms are hierarchical structures:  cells are composed of organelles, multicellular organisms of many cells, and so on.  Evolutionary increases in hierarchical structure have contributed to some of the most important events in the history of life. Because of this, the Marcot Lab is investigating the processes that affect the evolution of hierarchical structure.