Dr. Jisuo Jin


Jisuo Jin

Ph.D. University of Saskatchewan, 1988
BGS 0180
Lab: BGS 1005
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.84061
Fax: (519) 661-3198
Email: jjin@uwo.ca

Research Interests

  1. Ordovician-Silurian brachiopod taxonomy and diversity patterns through time;
  2. Origin, radiation, mass extinction, and recovery of brachiopod faunas in the epicontinental seas of North America during the Ordovician and Silurian periods;
  3. Paleoecolgy and environmental control on the evolution of brachiopod communities and fauna;
  4. Comparative study of Ordovician-Silurian brachiopod faunas of North America and South China - applications to global biodiversity patterns and paleobiogeography.

Career Summary

Books/Monographs (peer-reviewed): 11
Books and special volumes edited: 7
Papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings: 107
Papers in non-peer-reviewed periodicals and conference proceedings: 15
Technical Reports (non-peer-reviewed): 7
Conference field guides: 5

Selected Publications

  • Gushulak, C. and Jin, J. 2017 (published online July 16, 2017). Post-extinction recovery and diversification of reef-dwelling brachiopod communities: Examples from the lower Silurian of Hudson Bay Basin, Canada. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 485, 605–621.
  • Sproat, C. and Jin, J. 2017 (published online August 24, 2017). Paleobiogeography of the Late Ordovician brachiopod fauna during a major marine transgression and initial colonization of the epicontinental seas in Laurentia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 487, 105–117.
  • Copper, J. and Jin, J. 2017 (published online September 12, 2017). Early athyride brachiopod evolution through the Ordovician-Silurian mass extinction and recovery, Anticosti Island, eastern Canada. Journal of Paleontology., v. 91(6), 1123–1147.
  • Jin, J. and Harper, D.A.T. 2015. Occurrences of the cool-water dalmanelloid brachiopod Heterorthina in the Upper Ordovician of North America. Papers in Palaeontology, 1(3), 237–253.
  • Jin, J., Harper, D.A.T., Cocks, L.R.M., McCausland, P.J.A., Rasmussen, C.M.Ø. and Sheehan, P.M. 2013. Precisely locating the Ordovician equator in Laurentia. Geology, 41, 107–110. [Highlighted in Editors’ Choice, Science, 2012, 338, p. 1397]

Courses Taught


Earth Sciences 2265A: Paleobiology and Paleoecology
Earth Sciences 2266B: Dinosaur & Vertebrate Evolution
Earth Sciences 4461B: Advanced Paleontology
Earth Sciences 9532B: Ancient Ecosystems


Earth Sciences 2250Y: Field Mapping
Earth Sciences 3314B: Sedimentary Petrology
Earth Sciences 361: Invertebrate Paleontology
Earth Sciences 4450Y: Field school (4th year)


Doctoral Students:

Pengfei Chen, completed (2005.8-2009.10).
Ordovician brachiopod diversity fluctuations: comparison between North America and South China

Akbar Sohrabi Hashjin, completed (2009.5-2013.4).
The Trentonian (Late Ordovician) brachiopod fauna of Ontario: evolution through a global warming event

Nikole Bingham-Koslowski, completed (2010.9-2014.8).
High-resolution stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Upper Devonian Kettle Point Formation, southwestern Ontario, Canada

Colin Sproat, in progress (2012.9-2016.12)
Systematics and paleobiogeography of early Katian brachiopods in North America

Shuo Sun, in progress (2013.9-)
Architecture and Stratigraphy of the Upper Silurian to Middle Devonian strata, Southwestern Ontario

Recent MSc Students

Colin Sproat, completed (2010.9-2012.10)
Late Ordovician brachiopod evolution in epicontinental seas

Candace Brintnell, completed (2010.9-2012.8)
Architecture and stratigraphy of the lower Silurian Guelph Formation, Lockport Group, southern Ontario and Michigan

Cale Gushulak, completed (2014.9-2016.8)

First major invasion of reef ecosystems by shelly benthos, early Silurian, Hudson Bay Basin

Michelle MacRae, in progress (2015.0-)

Paleomagnetism of Upper Ordovician Queenston Formation, Ontario and New York