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. & AITCHISON, J.C. 2020. Time of re-emergence of Christmas Island and its biogeographical significance. Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2019.109396.
  2. ALI, J.R. & VENCES, M. 2020. Novel summary metrics for insular biotic assemblages based on taxonomy and phylogeny: biogeographical, palaeogeographical and possible conservational applications. Jour. Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13706.
  3. ALI, J.R. & VENCES, M. 2019. Mammals and long-distance over-water colonization: the case for rafting dispersal; the case against phantom causeways. Jour. Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13659.
  4. 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.
  5. ALI, J.R. 2018. Islands as biological substrates: continental. Jour. Biogeography, 45, 1003–1018.