Research Scientist, Palaeobiology
Jordan Mallon studies the evolution and ecology of dinosaurs.
- Evolutionary palaeoecology
- Functional morphology
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario, 2013–2014
- Ph.D., University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, 2006–2012
- B.Sc., Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, 2001–2005.
Jordan Mallon's research focuses on dinosaur ecology, particularly on those factors that influenced dinosaur diversity leading up to the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. To this end, Jordan studies dinosaur feeding adaptations, community ecology and geographic distribution. By carefully examining feeding posture, skull and beak shape, jaw function and tooth wear, he has shown that diverse plant-eating dinosaurs living in Alberta 75 million years ago were able to coexist as a result of their varied dietary specializations.
Jordan is also interested in horned dinosaurs, which were among the most successful animals of their time. He investigates their lifestyles, growth, and evolution to determine what allowed them to thrive during the Late Cretaceous Period. Jordan recently published on a showy new horned-dinosaur species from Montana, U.S.A.
Main Research Projects
- Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University
- Section Editor, Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology
- Communications Committee, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
- Jonathan Bura (University of Ottawa)
- Brigid Christison (Carleton University)
- Robbie Stewart (Carleton University)
Open-access journal Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Canadian Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology
Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University
Mallon, J.C., J.O. Farlow and F. Therrien. (In review). Dinosaur paleoecology. In D. B. Weishampel, P. M. Barrett, M. T. Carrano, and P. J. Makovicky (eds.), The Dinosauria, third edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Mallon, J.C., C.J. Ott, P.L. Larson, E.M. Iuliano and D.C. Evans. 2016. Spiclypeus shipporum gen. et sp. nov., a boldly audacious new chasmosaurine ceratopsid (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Judith River Formation (Upper Cretaceous: Campanian) of Montana, USA. PLoS ONE. http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154218
Mallon, J.C., M.J. Ryan and J.A.Campbell, J.A. 2015. Skull ontogeny in Arrhinoceratops brachyops (Ornithischia: Ceratopsidae) and other horned dinosaurs. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 175:910–929.
Mallon, J.C., D.C. Evans, T.T. Tokaryk and M.L. Currie. 2015. First pachycephalosaurid (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Frenchman Formation (upper Maastrichtian) of Saskatchewan, Canada. Cretaceous Research 56:426–431.
Mallon, J.C. and J.S. Anderson. 2014. Jaw mechanics and the evolutionary palaeoecology of the megaherbivorous dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Park Formation (upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 35:e904323.
Xing, H., X. Zhao, K. Wang, D. Li, S. Chen, J.C. Mallon, Y. Zhang and X. Xu. 2014. Comparative osteology and phylogenetic relationship of Edmontosaurus and Shantungosaurus (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae) from the Upper Cretaceous of North America and East Asia. Acta Geologica Sinica 88:1623–1652.
Mallon, J.C. and D.C. Evans. 2014. Taphonomy and habitat preference of North American pachycephalosaurids (Dinosauria: Ornithischia). Lethaia 47:567–578.
Mallon, J.C. and J.S. Anderson. 2014. The functional and palaeoecological implications of tooth morphology and wear for the megaherbivorous dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Park Formation (upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada. PLoS ONE 9(6):e98605. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098605.
Mallon, J.C., R. Holmes, J.S. Anderson, A.A. Farke and D.C. Evans. 2014. New information on the rare horned dinosaur Arrhinoceratops brachyops (Ornithischia: Ceratopsidae). Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 51:618–634.
Mallon, J.C. and Anderson, J.S. 2014. Implications of beak morphology for the evolutionary palaeoecology of the megaherbivorous dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Park Formation (upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 394:29–41.
Mallon, J.C. and Anderson, J.S. (2013). Skull ecomorphology of megaherbivorous dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Park Formation (Upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada. PLoS ONE 8(7): e67182. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067182
Mallon, J.C., Evans, D.C., Ryan, M.J. and Anderson, J.S. (2013). Feeding height stratification among the herbivorous dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Park Formation (upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada. BMC Ecology 13:14.
Mallon, J.C., Evans, D.C., Ryan, M.J. and Anderson, J.S. (2012). Megaherbivorous dinosaur turnover in the Dinosaur Park Formation (upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 350–352:124–138.
Mallon, J.C., Holmes, R., Eberth, D.A., Ryan, M.J. and Anderson, J.S. (2011). Variation in the skull of Anchiceratops (Dinosauria, Ceratopsidae) from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Alberta. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31:1047–1071.
Mallon, J.C. and Holmes, R. (2010). Description of a complete and fully articulated chasmosaurine postcranium previously assigned to Anchiceratops (Dinosauria: Ceratopsia). In Ryan, M.J., Chinnery-Algeier, B.J. and Eberth, D.A. (eds.), New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs. Indiana University Press, Bloomington. Pp. 189–202.
Fraser, D., Mallon, J.C., Furr, R. and Theodor, J.M. (2009). Improving the repeatability of low magnification microwear methods using high dynamic range imaging. Palaios 24:818–825.
Cuthbertson, R.S., Mallon, J.C., Campione, N.E. and Holmes, R.B. (2007). A new species of mosasaur (Squamata: Mosasauridae) from the Pierre Shale (lower Campanian) of Manitoba. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 44:593–606.
Mallon, J.C. and Holmes, R.B. (2006). A reevaluation of sexual dimorphism in the postcranium of the chasmosaurine ceratopsid Chasmosaurus belli (Dinosauria: Ornithischia). The Canadian Field-Naturalist 120:403–412.
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