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Matthew Jones

Now Postdoc at University of Michigan

PhD Earth & Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University, 2018
M.S. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University, 2014
B.A. Earth Science, University of New Hampshire, 2010
Curriculum Vitae


I study the geochemistry of sediments deposited during the Late Cretaceous greenhouse time interval to answer questions about ancient climate and life, and to better understand the depositional conditions that led to the widespread burial of organic carbon during this time. For my dissertation, I have conducted fieldwork in the marine Western Interior Basin of the U.S., the terrestrial Songliao Basin of China, and aboard International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 369 off the coast of southwestern Australia.

Academic Awards

Marion Sloss Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2014 and 2017

Funding Awards

International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), Post-expedition Award, 2017-
Alexander and Geraldine Wanek Memorial Grant, AAPG Foundation, 2015
GCAGS Student Grant, Gulf Coast Association of Geologic Societies, 2013
The Institut Francais du Petrole Named Grant, AAPG Foundation, 2013
Graduate Student Research Grant, Geologic Society of America, 2013

Selected Publications

(4) Jones, M.M., Sageman, B.B., Meyers, S.R., (in press) Turonian sea level and paleoclimatic events in astronomically-tuned records from the tropical N. Atlantic and Western Interior Seaway, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

(3) Jones M.M., Ibarra D.E., Gao Y., Sageman B.B., Selby D., Chamberlain C.P., Graham S.A., 2018, Evaluating Late Cretaceous OAEs and the influence of marine incursions on organic carbon burial in an expansive East Asian paleo-lake, Earth and Plan. Sci. Letters, v. 484, pp. 41-52

(2) Caves, J.K., Moragne, D.Y., Ibarra, D.E., Bayshashov, B.U., Gao, Y., Jones, M.M., Zhamangara, A., Arzhannikova, A.V., Arzhannikov, S.G., Chamberlain, C.P., 2016, The Neogene de-greening of Central Asia, Geology, v. 44, pp. 887-890                

(1) Clyde, W.C., Bowring, S.A., Johnson, K.R., Ramezani, J., Jones, M.M., 2016, Direct high-precision U-Pb geochronology of the end-Cretaceous extinction and calibration of Paleocene astronomical timescales, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 452, pp. 272-280

Teaching Assistantships

EARTH 101: Earth Science for the 21st Century, Winter 2014 and Fall 2015
EARTH 106: The Ocean, the Atmosphere, and Our Climate, Spring 2013
EARTH 201: Earth Systems Revealed, Spring 2014-2016

Community Service

City of Evanston, IL – visitor scientist at Summer Youth Arts & Science Camp, 2016
Project EXCITE volunteer: engaging local schoolchildren in geoscience lessons (2012-14) 
Speaker, Resilient Futures Summit: Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2014

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