Staff Profiles

John G. Maisey

Curator-in-Charge Emeritus, Fossil Fish, Division of Paleontology
Professor Emeritus, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • Education

      • University of London (University College), Ph.D., 1974
      • University of London (University College), D.Phil., 1971
      • University of Exeter, B.Sc., 1970
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Sharks are among the most awe-inspiring fishes in the world and they have an ancient pedigree extending more than 400 million years, but we know surprisingly little about their origins and evolution. Dr. Maisey currently leads two independent but related projects in these areas. One of them (supported by National Science Foundation Award No. DEB-1036488) utilizes tomographic scanning and computational segmentation to analyze modern chondrichthyan anatomy, as part of an international project to document the diversity and phylogenetic relationships of modern chondrichthyans ("Collaborative Research: Jaws and Backbone: Chondrichthyan Phylogeny and a Spine for the Vertebrate Tree of Life"). His other project investigates the anatomy and evolutionary relationships of the earliest chondrichthyans. Dr. Maisey is currently studying well preserved fossils from the Devonian of Bolivia, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and from the Carboniferous of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, in collaboration with postdoctoral fellows at the Museum and colleagues in France, Poland, United States, Canada and Australia. An important aspect of both projects is the use of high-resolution tomographic scanning at AMNH and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, to compare the anatomy of extinct and modern chondrichthyans. His findings challenge traditional views about jawed vertebrate evolution and suggest that modern chondrichthyans are anatomically far more advanced than was previously supposed.

  • Publications

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Experience