Jonathan Hendricks


Jonathan Hendricks

Associate Professor, Paleontology

Phone: 408 924-5279
Office: DH 307 
Office Hours (Spring 2015): TBA


Dr. Hendricks's Website



  • Ph.D. 2005, Geological Sciences, Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Research is on: the intrinsic and extrinsic factors and connections responsible for evolutionary change and extinction; integration of diverse data sets (such as molecular sequence data and fossils) for the purpose of phylogeny reconstruction; quantitative paleobiogeography using tools such as GIS; and systematics of Cenozoic gastropods (snails), particularly members of the genus Conus (cone snails).

Recent Classes

  • Earth, Time, and Life (GEOL 7)
  • Paleontology (GEOL 142)
  • Advanced Paleontology (GEOL 242)
  • Mass Extinctions (GEOL 285)
  • The Cambrian Explosion (GEOL 285)

Recent Activity (2011-2013)


Published Papers

      • Hendricks, J.R., 2012, Larvae, dispersal ability, and the evolution and persistence of species: examples from marine snails: Evolution: Education and Outreach, v. 5, p. 534-540.
      • Hendricks, J.R., 2013, Global distributional dynamics of Cambrian clades as revealed by Burgess Shale-type deposits, in Harper, D.A.T., and Servais, T. eds, Early Palaeozoic Palaeobiogeography and Palaeogeography: Geological Society, London, Memoir 38, p. 33-41 (doi: 10.1144/M38.4).
      • Smith, U.E., and Hendricks, J.R., 2013, Geometric morphometric character suites as phylogenetic data: extracting phylogenetic signal from gastropod shells: Systematic Biology, v. 62, p. 366-385 (doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syt002).
      • Hendricks, J.R., 2013, Episodes from the history of paleontology and geology: elucidated using culturomics, Evolution: This View of Life Webpage (online only; not peer-reviewed).


      • Hendricks, J.R., “Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: Digitizing Fossils to Enable New Syntheses in Biogeography - Creating a PALEONICHES-TCN”, National Science Foundation ($157,975, 7/1/2012 to 6/30/2015).

Published Abstracts

      • Hendricks, J.R.2012, Conus (cone snail) species diversity in coral reef associated fossil assemblages from the Neogene of the northern Dominican Republic: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, no. 7, p. 624.
      • Hendricks, J.R., 2011, The relationship between local species abundance and larval developmental mode in a remarkable sample of Conus (Neogastropoda) from the early Pliocene of the Dominican Republic: Geological Society of American Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, no. 5, p. 208.
      • Hendricks, J.R., and Dietl, G.P., 2011, A standardized test of the inverse relationship between drilling and repair frequencies: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, no. 5, p. 86.
      • Saupe, E.E., Hendricks, J.R., Halloran, P., and Lieberman, B.S., 2011, Climate change and marine mollusks: a tale of invasions, immigration and extirpation: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, no. 5, p. 502.
      • Hendricks, J.R., Portell, R.W., Lenci, E.M., Abdollahian, N., Lenci, A.M., Kittle, B.A., and Roberts, S.W., 2013, The digital atlas of Neogene life: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, v. 45, no. 7.
      • Hendricks, J.R., Stigall, A.L., Portell, R.W., Saupe, E.E., and Lieberman, B.S., 2013, Biogeographic responses of mollusk species to Plio-Pleistocene environmental change in the western Atlantic: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, no. 7.
      • Levy, M.G., Nirody, J.A., Neu, J.C., Hendricks, J.R., Slatkin, M., and Oster, G.R., 2013, A neural-field model for the evolution of Conus shell patterns: Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, e126.
      • Saupe, E.E., Hendricks, J.R., Portell, R.W., Dowsett, H., Haywood, A., Hunter, S., and Lieberman, B.S., 2013, Macroevolutionary consequences of profound climate change on niche evolution: an examination of marine mollusks over the past 3 million years: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, no. 7.

Technical Presentations

      • Hendricks, J.R., February 2012, “Integrating paleontological, morphological, and molecular sequence data to reconstruct the phylogenetic positions of extinct species” presented to the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley (invited presentation).
      • Hendricks, J.R., May 2013, “Digitization, diverse data, and deadly snails: revealing the ancient history of a hyperdiverse molluscan clade,” American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York (invited presentation).

Reviewing and Editorial Service

      • Hendricks, J.R., Peer reviewer of National Science Foundation Proposal
      • Hendricks, J.R., 2013, three peer reviews (one book for University of Chicago Press and two articles for edited volumes).
      • Hendricks, J.R., Journal reviewer for:
        • Bulletin of Marine Science
        • Geology
        • Paleobiology
        • Palaeontology
        • Evolution: Education and Research

Other Professional Service

      • Hendricks, J.R., September 2012, attendance and presentation at the iDigBio “Public Participation in Digitization” workshop, Gainesville, Florida.
      • Hendricks, J.R., May 2013, Online (Google Hangout) presentation on trilobites for 4th grade students at Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, Wisconsin.