Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Dr. Jisuo Jin


Jisuo Jin

Professor & Department Chair
Ph.D. University of Saskatchewan, 1988
BGS 0180
Research Lab: BGS 1005
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.84061
Fax: (519) 661-3198

Research Interests

  1. Ordovician-Silurian brachiopod taxonomy and diversity patterns through time;
  2. Origin, radiation, mass extinction, and recovery of brachiopod faunas in the epicontinental seas of North America during the Ordovician and Silurian periods;
  3. Paleoecolgy and environmental control on the evolution of brachiopod communities and fauna;
  4. Comparative study of Ordovician-Silurian brachiopod faunas of North America and South China - applications to global biodiversity patterns and paleobiogeography.

Career Summary:

Books/Monographs (peer-reviewed): 11
Books and special volumes edited: 4
Papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings: 87
Papers in non-peer-reviewed periodicals and conference proceedings: 6
Technical Reports (non-peer-reviewed): 7
Conference field guides: 5

Selected Publications

Courses Taught


Earth Sciences 2265A: Paleobiology and Paleoecology
Earth Sciences 2266B: Evolution of the Vertebrates
Earth Sciences 4461B: Advanced Paleontology
Earth Sciences 9532B: Ancient Ecosystems


Earth Sciences 2250Y: Field Mapping
Earth Sciences 3314B: Sedimentary Petrology
Earth Sciences 361: Invertebrate Paleontology
Earth Sciences 4450Y: Field school (4th year)


Doctoral Students:

Pengfei Chen, Completed (2005.8-2009.10).
Ordovician brachiopod diversity fluctuations: comparison between North America and South China

Akbar Sohrabi Hashjin, Completed (2009.5-2013.4).
The Trentonian (Late Ordovician) brachiopod fauna of Ontario: evolution through a global warming event

Nikole Bingham-Koslowski, In progress (2010.9-).
High-resolution stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Upper Devonian Kettle Point Formation, southwestern Ontario, Canada

Colin Sproat, In progress (2012.9-)
Systematics and paleobiogeography of early Katian brachiopods in North America

Recent MSc Students

Colin Sproat, Completed (2010.9-2012.10)
Late Ordovician brachiopod evolution in epicontinental seas

Candace Brintnell, Completed (2010.9-2012.8)
Architecture and stratigraphy of the lower Silurian Guelph Formation, Lockport Group, southern Ontario and Michigan

Kathryn Lapenskie, In progress (2012.9-)
Latitudinal gradient of Early Silurian virgianid brachiopods in Laurentia