Dr. Ali, Jason

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Dr. Ali, Jason

Associate Professor

By training, 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. I am also interested in Mesozoic–Cenozoic biogeographic patterns across large swathes of the globe, and how they were shaped. Previously, I worked on the India–Asia tectonic-plate collision system; 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. 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 in 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., AITCHISON, J.C. & MEIRI, S. 2020. Redrawing Wallace’s Line based on the fauna of Christmas Island, eastern Indian Ocean. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 130, 225-237.
  2. ALI, J.R. 2020. 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., 2018) needs to be rethought. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 145, Art. No. 106053.
  3. ALI, J.R. & AITCHISON, J.C. 2020. Time of re-emergence of Christmas Island and its biogeographical significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 537, Art. No. 109396.
  4. ALI, J.R. & VENCES, M. 2019. Novel summary metrics for insular biotic assemblages based on taxonomy and phylogeny: biogeographical, palaeogeographical and possible conservational applications. Journal of Biogeography, 46, 2735–2751.
  5. ALI, J.R. & VENCES, M. 2019. Mammals and long-distance over-water colonization: the case for rafting dispersal; the case against phantom causeways. Journal of Biogeography, 46, 2632–2636.