Staff Spotlight

Dr. Douglas S. Jones

Doug Jones portraitDirector and Curator in Invertebrate Paleontology
291 Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
GainesvilleFL 32611



Ph.D. Geological and Geophysical Sciences, Princeton University, 1980

Complete Curriculum Vitae

Florida Museum Invertebrate Paleontology Collection


Concurrent Appointments

Professor of Geology and Zoology, University of Florida

Florida Association of Museums, Board Member

Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, Board Member

Association of Science Museum Directors – Secretary/Treasurer

Paleobiology – Co-editor

American Association of Museums – Board Member


Research Interests

In addition to my administrative duties as Director of the museum, I remain interested in the broad fields of molluscan ecology and paleoecology. My research focuses primarily on the use of growth increments and stable isotopes in the shells of marine molluscs to interpret life history information as well as to reconstruct paleoenvironments and paleoclimates. Many of the research questions that I have addressed used material from the Cenozoic and modern environments of Florida, although certainly not exclusively. A growing research emphasis involves shells from archaeological deposits and examines questions of site seasonality and paleoclimate variability.



Ms. Beverly Sensbach - Associate Director of Museum Operations

Dr. David W. Steadman - Associate Director for Collections and Research and Chair of the Department of Natural History

Dr. Jaret Daniels - Assistant Director for Exhibits & Public Programs

Dr. Thomas C. Emmel - Director of McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity

Dr. Betty Dunckel - Director of Center for Informal Science Education

Mr. Griffin Sheehy - Executive Assistant, Director's Office

Mr. Roger Portell - Collection Manager, Invertebrate Paleontology

Mr. Irvy R. Quitmyer - Research Associate


Representative Publications

In press: D.J. Ehret, B.J. MacFadden, D.D. Jones, T.J. DeVries, D.A. Foster and R. Salas-Gismondi. In press. Origin of the white shark, Carcharodon (Lamniformes: Lamnidae), based on recalibration of the late Neogene, Pisco Formation of Peru. Palaeontology.

2012: I.R. Quitmyer and D.S. Jones. Annual incremental shell growth patterns in hard clams (Mercenaria spp.) from St. Catherines Island, Georgia: A record of seasonal and anthropogenic impact on zooarchaeological resources, pp. 135-148. In: E.J. Reitz, I.R. Quitmyer and D.H. Thomas, eds. Seasonality and Human Mobility along the Georgia Bight. American Museum of Natural History Anthropological Papers, Number 97, 236p.

2012: D.S. Jones, I.R. Quitmyer and C.B. DePratter. Validation of annual increments and shifting population dynamics in modern and zooarchaeological hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria) from the Litchfield Beach region, South Carolina, pp. 149-164. In: E.J. Reitz, I.R. Quitmyer and D.H. Thomas, eds. Seasonality and Human Mobility along the Georgia Bight. American Museum of Natural History Anthropological Papers, Number 97, 236p.

2008: M.X. Kirby, D.S. Jones and B.J. MacFadden. Lower Miocene stratigraphy along the Panama Canal and its bearing on the Central American Peninsula. PLoS ONE 3(7): e2791. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002791

2007: M.X. Kirby, D.S. Jones and S.P. Ávila. Neogene shallow-marine paleoenvironments and preliminary strontium isotope chronostratigraphy of Santa Maria Island, Azores, pp. 112-125. In: Ávila, S.P. and A.M. de Frias Martins, eds. Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop “Paleontology in Atlantic Islands”, Ponta Delgada, 12-14 June 2006. Açoreana, suplemento 5.

2005: D.S. Jones, I.R. Quitmyer and C. Fred T. Andrus. Oxygen isotopic evidence for greater seasonality in Holocene shells of Donax variabilis from Florida. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 228: 96-108.

2004: D.S. Jones, I.R. Quitmyer and C. Fred T. Andrus. Seasonal shell growth and longevity in Donax variabilis from northeastern Florida: Evidence from oxygen isotopes. Journal of Shellfish Research 23(3): 707-714.

2003: L.C. Ivany, B.H. Wilkinson and D.S. Jones. Using stable isotopic data to resolve rate and duration of growth throughout ontogeny: An example from the surf clam, Spisula solidissima. Palaios 18(2): 126-137.

2002: K.P. Teusch, D.S. Jones, and W.D. Allmon. Morphological variation in turritellid gastropods from the Pleistocene to Recent of Chile: Association with upwelling intensity. Palaios 17(4): 366-377.

2001: N.H. Landman, D.S. Jones, and R.A. Davis. Hatching depth ofNautilus pompilius in Fiji. The Veliger 44(4): 333-339.

2000: I.R. Quitmyer and D.S. Jones. The over-exploitation of hard clams (Mercenaria spp.) from five archaeological sites in the southeastern United States. The Florida Anthropologist 53(2-3): 160-168.

1999: D.S. Jones and S.J. Gould. Direct measurement of age in fossil Gryphaea: the solution to a classic problem in heterochrony. Paleobiology 25(2): 158-187.

1998: D.S. Jones, L.W. Ward, P.A. Mueller, and D.A. Hodell. Age of marine mollusks from the lower Miocene Pollack Farm Site, Delaware, determined by 87Sr/86Sr geochronology, pp. 21-25. In: R.N. Benson, ed. Geology and Paleontology of the Lower Miocene Pollack Farm Fossil Site, Delaware. Delaware Geological Survey, Special Publication 21, 191p.

1997: A.F. Randazzo and D.S. Jones, eds. The Geology of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. 327 p.