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Anthony MartinProfessor of Practice

Education

  • BS, Geobiology, St. Joseph's College, Indiana
  • MS, Geology, Miami University, Ohio
  • PhD, Geology, University of Georgia

Research

Anthony (Tony) J. Martin is trained mostly as a geologist and paleontologist, but his main research interest is ichnology, the study of modern and fossil traces. His 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 only known iguana nesting burrow in the geologic record. 

Dr. Martin is the author of Life Traces of the Georgia Coast (Indiana University Press), Dinosaurs Without Bones, The Evolution Underground (both with Pegasus Books), Tracking the Golden Isles (University of Georgia Press), and Life Sculpted (University of Chicago Press), among other books. 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. 

Opportunities for undergraduate research with Dr. Martin include topics dealing with modern or fossil animal traces, such as tracks and burrows. Students can also earn ENVS 299, 399, 495, and 499 credit by working on the Georgia Coast Atlas Project with Dr. Martin 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, using digital scholarship to explore the ecological and cultural dimensions of the Georgia coast. 

Books

Martin, A.J.  2023 Life Sculpted: Tales of the Animals, Plants, and Fungi that Drill, Break, and Scrape to Shape Earth. University of Chicago Press, Chicago: 369 p.

Martin, A.J. 2020. Tracking the Golden Isles: The Natural and Human Histories of the Georgia Coast. University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia: 304 p. 

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: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by Their Trace Fossils. Pegasus Books, New York: 460 p. (Paperback edition released in March 2015.) 

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. (In English and Spanish.) 

Martin, A.J. 2006. Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs [Second Edition]. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, U.K.: 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 [First Edition]. Blackwell Science, Malden, Massachusetts: 426 p. 

Published Research Articles and Abstracts (since 2021)

2024
Martin, A.J., Maccracken, G., Lessner, E., Hagadorn, J., and Lyson, T. 2024. Traces of ecological recovery in Paleocene freshwater ecosystems at Corral Bluffs (Denver Basin), Colorado. Accepted for presentation at the North American Paleontological Convention, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 2024.

Tamez, A.R., Martin, A.J., and Rindberg, A.K. 2024. Trilobites burrowing, walking, and feeding in tidal flats of the Late Ordovician Sequatchie Formation of Georgia, USA. Accepted for presentation at the North American Paleontological Convention, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 2024.

Martin, A.J., 2024. Popular ichnology: toward a public awareness of our science. Ichnia 2024, 5th International Ichnological Congress Abstracts, Florianpolis, Brazil: 186-187.

Martin, A.J., Lowery, M., Hall, M., Rich, T.H., Edwards, J.P., Seeget-Villers, D.E., Kool, L., Claudia I. Serrano-Brañas, C.I., Swinkels, P., Broomfield, J., and Vickers-Rich, P. 2024. Recently discovered invertebrate and vertebrate trace fossils in circumpolar continental facies of the Wonthaggi Formation (Early Cretaceous) in Victoria, Australia and their paleontological importance. Ichnia 2024, 5th International Ichnological Congress Abstracts, Florianpolis, Brazil: 188-189.

Martin, A.J., and Bransford, S. 2024. An Unflinching Look: Benjamin Dimmitt's photographs of Chassahowitzka. Southern Spaces, published online April 11, 2024.

2023
Martin, A.J., Lowery, M., Hall, M., Vickers-Rich, P., Rich, T.H., Serrano-Brañas, C.I., and Swinkels, P. 2023. Earliest known Gondwanan bird tracks: Wonthaggi Formation (Early Cretaceous), Victoria, Australia. PLoS ONE, 18: e0293308, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0293308

Panascí, G., Varricchio, D.J., Martin, A.J. 2023. Autopod and track morphology elucidate on the putative producer in hadrosauriform ornithopods: a case study of manus tracks from the Frontier Formation (Coniacian), Montana. Historical Biology, 35: https://doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2023.2196683

Panascí, G., Varricchio, D.J., Martin, A.J., and Dyman, T. 2023. Dinosaur tracks from the Frontier Formation, Montana: preservation, distribution and palaeoecological significance for the middle Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems of North America. Historical Biology, 35: https://doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2023.2184692

2022 
Martin, A.J., and Rindsberg, A.K. 2022. Neoichnology as actualism and its uses in paleontology. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 54 (4). 

2021 
Getty, P., Martin, A.J., and Hyatt, J.A. 2021. Turning back from a dinosaur track: a mammaliform trackway from the Early Jurassic Portland Formation of Connecticut, USA. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 53(6).  

Gouramanis, C., Martin, A.J., and Webb. J.A. 2021. Gariwerdichnus warreni igen. et isp. nov.: probable giant myriapod burrows from Late Silurian fluvial channels in the Grampians Group, Western Victoria, Australia. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 45: 195-202.  https://doi.org/10.1080/03115518.2021.1926540 

Martin, A.J., et al. 2021. Cretaceous polar arthropods on walkabouts: newly discovered arthropod trace fossils from the Wonthaggi Formation (Barremian), Victoria, Australia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 53(6). 

Martin, A.J., and Rindsberg, A.K. 2021. Ichnology as a tool for understanding ecological and geological changes of the Georgia barrier islands. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 53(2). 

Panscini, G., Varricchio, D.J., and Martin, A.J. 2021. Tracks of ornithopods putting their best feet forward in the Frontier Formation (Coniacian), Montana. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 53(6). 

Rindsberg, A.K., and Martin, A.J. 2021. Ichnogeny: growth and change in trace fossils. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 53(2).