Professor of Practice
Office: 400 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322
- B.S., Geobiology, St. Joseph's College, Indiana
- M.S., Geology, Miami University, Ohio
- Ph.D., Geology, University of Georgia
Anthony (Tony) Martin was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. Following up on an early affinity to natural history, he combined interests in biology and geology to earn a B.S. degree in geobiology from St. Joseph’s College (Indiana), an M.S. in geology from Miami University (Ohio), and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Georgia. Although trained mostly as a geologist and paleontologist, his research emphasis is in ichnology, the study of modern and fossil traces.
During his time at Emory University, Martin has taught a wide variety of undergraduate classes in geology and ecology at Emory University, including field courses in the southeastern and western U.S., the Bahamas, and Australia. In his research, Martin’s fossil discoveries or co-discoveries include: the only known burrowing dinosaur; the oldest dinosaur burrows in the geologic record; the oldest fossil crayfish in the Southern Hemisphere; the oldest bird tracks in Australia; and the best assemblage of polar dinosaur tracks in the Southern Hemisphere.
Martin is the author of two editions of a popular college textbook, Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs (Wiley-Blackwell), as well as Life Traces of the Georgia Coast (Indiana University Press), Dinosaurs Without Bones (Pegasus Books), and his latest book, The Evolution Underground (Pegasus Books). Martin also does much outreach on ichnology and paleontology through public speaking and his blog, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast, and is active on Twitter as @Ichnologist. In 2015, in recognition of his significant contributions to research, teaching, and public service, he was elected as a Fellow in The Explorers Club and a Fellow in the Geological Society of America.
Fellow, Geological Society of America (2015)
Fellow, The Explorers Club (2015)
Paleonturology International Award for Best Paper in Paleontology (2008)
Emory Center for Teaching and Curriculum Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006-2007)
- ENVS 125 – Ecology, Geology, and Nature Observation
- ENVS ENVS 190 – Freshman Seminar: How to Interpret Behavior You Did Not See (cross-listed as NBB 190)
- ENVS 190 – Freshman Seminar: Dinosaurs and Their Environments
- ENVS 222 – Evolution of the Earth with Lab
- ENVS 235 – Environmental Geology
- ENVS 241, 242 – Modern and Ancient Tropical Environments Field Course, taught biannually at the Gerace Research Center, San Salvador, Bahamas
- BIO 341 - Evolutionary Biology and BIO/ENVS 349 - Ecology of Invasions, both taught in Australia Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program (Queensland, Australia)
- ENVS 342 – Barrier Islands
- ENVS 361 – Ecosystems through Time
- ENVS 385 - Special Topics: Ecological History of Australia and New Zealand
- ENVS 410 – Extinctions
- ENVS 444 - Ecosystems of the Southeastern U.S. Field Course
- ENVS 495 - Honors Research
- ENVS 498, 499 - Individual Directed Reading, Individual Research
Honorary Research Associate, School of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment, Monash University
Research Associate in Paleontology, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
My main research interest is ichnology, the study of plant and animal traces, such as tracks, trails, burrows, nests, and feces. I generate research questions such as: How does an organism’s body reflect its potential behavior, versus behaviors implied by its traces? Or, how do traces show behaviors similar to or differing from the few times we might directly observe an organism’s behavior?
Although I am mostly a paleontologist and geologist by training, I also study modern traces. This means using a comparative approach that looks at how traces are made and how they get preserved in the fossil record, and then developing hypotheses about how ancient organisms behaved in their environments. Because of my eclectic approach, I normally do a wide variety of geological and ecological field work, but I also enjoy studying museum specimens of trace fossils.
Potential Student Research Projects
Georgia Coast Atlas Project: Students can earn ENVS 299, 399, 495, and 499 credit for working on the Georgia Coast Atlas Project with me or Michael Page (Department of Environmental Sciences). The project is a partnership between Emory's University's Department of Environmental Sciences, Department of History, and Emory's Center for Digital Scholarship, and uses digital scholarship to explore the ecological and geographic dimensions of the Georgia coast. Through this atlas, we plan to combine various forms of digital media with scholarly content to produce a website that we anticipate will be of great value to educators, conservationists, students, and the general public.
Students can join our team to assist us with the following:
• Field work, in which we explore places on the Georgia barrier islands for producing new media content for the site.
• Producing new content, such as digital maps and/or articles about the intersections of natural history and human history on the Georgia coast.
• Original field- or GIS-based research projects on the ichnology, ecology, or geology of undeveloped or developed Georgia barrier islands.
Good writing, speaking, and GIS skills are a plus for working with the Georgia Coast Atlas team.
Martin, A.J., 2017. The Underground Evolution: Burrows, Bunkers, and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath Our Feet. Pegasus Books, New York: 405 p.
Martin, A.J., 2014. Dinosaurs Without Bones: Revealing Dinosaurs Lives Through Their Trace Fossils. Pegasus Press, New York: 460 p.
Martin, A.J., 2013. Life Traces of the Georgia Coast. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana: 692 p.
Varricchio, D.J., Martin, A.J., and Katsura, Y., 2009. El Dinosaurio Que Excavó Su Madriguera [The Dinosaur That Dug Its Burrow]. ¡Fundamental! 15, Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel-Dinópolis, Teruel, Spain, 72 p. (Translated into English and Spanish.)
Martin, A. J., 2006. Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs (2nd Edition). Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK: 560 p.
Martin, A.J., 2006. Trace Fossils of San Salvador. Gerace Research Center, San Salvador, Bahamas: 80 p.
Martin, A.J., 2001. Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs. (1st Edition). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, U.K.: 426 p.
Public-Outreach Courses (DVD)
Martin, A.J., and Hawks, J. 2010. Major Transitions in Evolution. The Teaching Company, Chantilly, Virginia: 24 lectures on DVD and course guidebook, 116 p. Co-taught with paleoanthropologist John Hawks (University of Wisconsin).
Published Research Articles and Abstracts (since 2010)
Martin, A.J., Page., M., Bransford, S., Salinas, A., and O’Daniel, S. Sapelo Island flyover: a short video summary of a long history. Southern Spaces, accepted in April 2017, in press.
Farlow, J.O., Robinson, N.J., Kumagai, C.J., Paladino, F.V., Falkingham, P.L., Ruth M. Elsey, R.M., and Martin, A.J. Trackways of the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), northwest Costa Rica: implications for archosaurian ichnology. Ichnos, accepted in March 2017, in press.
Martin, A.J., Page, M., Bransford, S., Salinas, A., and Tullos, A. 2017. The Georgia Coast Atlas: a multi-faceted digital scholarship project intended for students and the public. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 49(3).
Martin, A.J. 2017. The evolution underground: how burrows helped animals to survive mass extinctions, diversity, and change the earth. Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives (SEEPS), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2: 15.
Datillo, B.F., Freeman, R.L., Peters, W., Heimbrock, B., Deline, B., Martin, A.J., Kallmeyer, J., Argast, A., and Reeder, J. 2016. Giants among micromorphs: were Cincinnatian (Ordovician, Katian) small shelly phosphatic faunas dwarfed? Palaios, 31: 55-70. [Cover article for this issue]
Farlow, J.O., Robinson, N.J., Kumagai, C.J., Paladino, F.V., Falkingham, P.L., Elsey, R.M., and Martin, A.J. 2016. Trackways of the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), northwest Costa Rica: implications for archosaurian ichnology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 36 [Suppl. To No. 3]: 133.
Farlow, J.O., Robinson, N.J., Paladino, F.V., Falkingham, P.K., and Martin, A.J. 2016. Trackways of the American crocodile, northwestern Costa Rica: implications for crocodylian ichnology. 131st Annual Meeting, Indiana Academy of Science, Abstracts: 57.
Martin, A.J. 2016. A close look at Victoria’s first dinosaur tracks. Memoirs of Museum Victoria, 74: 63-71.
Martin, A.J., and Rindsberg, A.K. 2016. Trace fossils and ichnology as an integral part of evolutionary studies and education. Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives (SEEPS) Meeting, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Martin, A.J., and Varricchio, D.J. 2016. Continental ichnofacies of the Two Medicine Formation (Late Cretaceous, Montana USA) and their paleoecological significance. 4th International Congress on Ichnology Abstracts and Program, Lisbon, Portugal.
Martin, A.J., Rich, T.H., Vickers-Rich, P., Trusler, P., Kool, L., and Hall, M. 2016. Circumpolar fluvial trace fossils from Lower Cretaceous Strata of Victoria, Australia: a ten-year summary report. 4th International Congress on Ichnology Abstracts and Program, Lisbon, Portugal.
Panascí, G., Varricchio, D.J., and Martin, A.J. 2016. First occurrence of Pallichnus dakotensis in a dinosaur nesting site from the Two Medicine Formation (Campanian, Upper Cretaceous) of North America. 4th International Congress on Ichnology Abstracts and Program, Lisbon, Portugal.
Rindsberg, A.K., Martin, A.J., and Henderson, S.W. 2016. The ichnologic heritage of Robert W. Frey (1938-1992). 4th International Congress on Ichnology Abstracts and Program, Lisbon, Portugal.
Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A.J. 2016. Implications of behavioral evolution for the taxonomy of trace fossils. Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives (SEEPS) Meeting, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Schowalter, R.E., and Martin, A.J. 2016. Improv-ing your teaching and learning of evolution. Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives (SEEPS) Meeting, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Bransford, S., Martin, A.J., and Page, M. 2015. St. Catherines Island Flyover (edited video and article). Southern Spaces: An Interdisciplinary Journal about Regions, Places, and Cultures of the US South and their Global Connections [online only].
Broecker, C., Martin, A.J., and Rindsberg, A.K. 2015. Ichnodiversity vs. species diversity: variability in trace fossils of the Pennington Formation (Lower Carboniferous), northwest Georgia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 47(2): 20.
Martin, A.J., Blair, M., Dattilo, B., Howald, S., and Farlow, J.O. The ups and downs of Diplocraterion in the Glen Rose Formation (Albian), Texas (USA). Geodinamica Acta, 27, DOI: 10.1080/09853111.2015.1037151.
Martin, A.J., and Whitten, M.J. 2015. First known fossil bird tracks (Pleistocene) on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Geologica Acta, 12(1): 63-68.
Martin, A.J., Page, M., Vance, R.K., and Skaggs, S. 2015. Big burrows of alligators change ecosystems, help alligators survive cold winters, droughts, and fires, and allow them to be terrestrial predators. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 47(2): 21.
Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A.J. Caster’s plasters: Neoichnological experiments by Kenneth Caster on limulids in 1937. Geological Association of Canada Special Volume 9, papers from Ichnia, International Ichnological Congress Meeting, St. Johns, Newfoundland (Canada): 197-210.
Martin, A.J. 2014. Trace fossil of a walking fish from the Pottsville Formation (Late Carboniferous) of Alabama. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 46(3): 86.
Martin, A.J., and Whitten, M.J. 2014. GIS mapping of raccoon (Procyon lotor) trails and associated invertebrate and vertebrate traces in storm-washover fans, St. Catherines Island, Georgia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 46(3): 87.
Martin, A.J., Vickers-Rich, P., and Rich, T.H. 2013. Oldest known avian footprints from Australia: Eumeralla Formation (Albian), Dinosaur Cove, Victoria. Palaeontology, 57: 7-19.
Martin, A.J., Rich, T.H., Vickers-Rich, P., Hall, M., Kool, L., and Trusler, P. 2014. The Great Cretaceous Walk: an ichnological survey of Lower Cretaceous strata in Victoria, Australia and implications for Gondwanan paleontology. North American Paleontological Convention Abstract Book, Paleontological Society Special Publications, 13: 63.
Weaver, P.G., Martin, A.J., and Tacker, R.C. 2014. Early bulldozers and imposters: a re-examination of trace fossils from the Albemarle Group, Carolina Terrane of North Carolina. 10th North American Paleontological Convention Abstract Book, The Paleontological Society Special Publications, 13: 147.
Martin, A.J. 2013. Book review: Roadside Geology of Georgia. Southeastern Geology, 50: 55-57.
Martin, A.J., and Weaver, Patricia W. 2013. Ediacaran trace fossils from the Albemarle Group of the Carolina Terrane, North Carolina (USA): marks of a mobile lifestyle on a Precambrian sea bottom. In Hibbard, J., and (editors), One Arc, Two Arcs, Old Arc, New Arc: A 21st Century Perspective on the Geology of the Carolina Terrane in Central North Carolina: Carolina Geological Society, Field Trip Guidebook: 185-192.
Martin, A.J., Datillo, Blair, M., Howald, S., and Farlow, J.O. 2013. Invertebrate Burrows and Dinosaur Tracks, Destroying One Another (Or Not): Composite Ichnofabrics in the Glen Rose Formation (Albian), Texas, USA. In Demircan, H. (editor), XII International Ichnofabric Workshop Abstracts, Çannakale, Turkey: 56-57.
Martin, A.J., Rich, T.H., Hall, M., Vickers-Rich, P., and Vasquez-Prokopec, G. 2012. A polar dinosaur-track assemblage from the Eumeralla Formation (Albian), Victoria, Australia. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 36: 171-188.
Datillo, B., Howald, S.C., Farlow, J.O., and Martin, A.J. 2012. How many track horizons are exposed at Dinosaur Valley State Park?: stratigraphy of the Cretaceous Glen Rose Formation track sites of the Paluxy River, Glen Rose, Texas. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 45.
Blair, M., Datillo, B., Martin, A.J., and Farlow, J.O. 2012. Microstratigraphic analysis of burrow-reworked dinosaur track bed at Joanna’s track site, Cretaceous Glen Rose Formation, Glen Rose, Texas. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 45(7): 399.
Martin, A.J., Page, M., Vance, R.K., and Skaggs, S. 2012. Dens of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) as traces and their predictive value for finding large archosaur burrows in the geologic record. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 32 [Suppl. to No. 3]: 136.
Martin, A.J. 2012. Toward one neoichnology: the Georgia barrier islands as exemplars for integrated study of modern continental and marine traces and ichnoassemblages. The 3rd International Congress on Ichnology, Abstract Book. Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada: 61.
Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A.J. 2012. Caster’s plasters: Kenneth Caster’s neoichnologic experiments on limulids in the 1930s. Ichnia 2012, The 3rd International Congress on Ichnology, Abstract Book. Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada: 78.
Martin, A.J. 2012. Intersections between ichnology and invasion ecology on the Georgia barrier islands, with applications to conservation biology. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 44(4): 76.
Martin, A.J., and Rindsberg, A.K. 2011. Ichnological diagnosis of ancient storm-washover fans, Yellow Banks Bluff, St. Catherines Island. In Bishop, G.A, Rollin, H.B., and Thomas, D.H. (editors), Geoarchaeology of St. Catherines Island, Georgia. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 94: 114-127.
Martin, A.J. 2011. Ichnology in a time of global climate change: predicted effects of rising sea level and temperatures on organismal traces of the Georgia coast. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, (43)2: 86.
Martin, A.J., and Varricchio, D.J. 2011. Paleoecological utility of insect trace fossils in dinosaur nesting sites of the Two Medicine Formation (Campanian), Choteau, Montana. Historical Biology, 23: 15-25. doi: 10.1080/08912963.2010.505285
Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A.J. 2011. Ringgold Gap, Georgia: a classic locality for Ordovician and Silurian trace fossils. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 43(2): 13.
Shope J.B., and Martin, A.J. 2011. Lithology, physical sedimentary structures, and trace fossils of the Pinelog Formation, and their applications to mapping in the Blue Ridge Province of Georgia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 43(2): 68.
Martin, A.J., Vazquez-Prokopec, G.M., and Page, M. First known feeding trace of the Eocene bottom-dwelling fish Notogoneus osculus and its paleontological significance. PLoS One, 5: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0010420
Tacker, R.C., Martin, A.J., Weaver, P.G., and Lawver, D.R. 2010. Trace fossils versus body fossils: Oldhamia recta revisited. Precambrian Research, 178: 43-50.
Pienkowski, G., Martin, A.J., and Meyer, C.A. (editors). 2010. Preface. Special Issue, Second International Congress on Ichnology (Ichnia 2008). Geological Quarterly, 53: 369-371.
Martin, A.J., and Rindsberg, A.K. 2010. Neoichnology of storm washover fans on the Georgia coast and its uses in paleoecology. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 42(1): 104.
Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A.J. 2010. The bioprint of burrowing Paleozoic arthropods. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 42(1): 105.
Goldstein, D., McKinney, M., and Martin, A.J. 2010. Mobile predators and mobile prey: compound traces indicate active hunting behavior. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 42(1): 104.