Dr. Ali, Jason

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Dr. Ali, Jason

Associate Professor

I am a geologist/geophysicist. Currently my main research focus is biogeography. I look principally at the geo-physical processes that control the distribution of life around the planet, a key target being the land animals on the marine islands. Previously I worked on the India–Asia collision system; the Emeishan large igneous province of southwest China (its generation mechanism, and the cause-effect link to the mid-Capitanian mass extinction); and the Permian breakup of Gondwana, and Mesozoic–Cenozoic biogeography. Further back in time I was interested in Paleogene stratigraphy and the Paleogene time-scale; tectonic evolution of SE Asia and the West-SW Pacific; and the orientation of churches (Medieval structures England and Wales, and the "Queen Anne" buildings [early 1700s] in London).

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Teaching

EASC2404    Introduction to atmosphere and hydrosphere
EASC2409    Regional field studies
EASC3404    Structural geology
EASC4407    Regional geology
GEOS7011   Advanced geology of Hong Kong
GEOS7034   Regional geology
GEOS8214   Structural geology

Selected Publications

  1. ALI, J.R. 2019. Geological data indicate that the interpretation for the age-calibrated phylogeny for the Kurixalus-genus frogs of South, South-east and East Asia (Lv et al., 2017) needs to be rethought. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.02.011.
  2. ALI, J.R. & MEIRI, S. 2019. Biodiversity growth on the volcanic ocean islands and the roles of in situ cladogenesis and immigration: case with the reptiles. Ecography, 42,989-999.
  3. ALI, J.R. 2018. Islands as biological substrates: continental. Journal of Biogeography, 45, 1003–1018.
  4. ALI, J.R. 2017. Islands as biological substrates: classification of the biological assemblage components and the physical island types. Journal of Biogeography, 44, 984–994.
  5. ALI, J.R. & AITCHISON, J.C. 2014. Exploring the combined role of eustasy and oceanic island subsidence in shaping biodiversity on the Galápagos. Journal of Biogeography, 41, 1227–1241.