Assistant Adjunct Professor
Arrives July 2020
My research interests in evolutionary biology, vertebrate paleontology, and functional morphology are centered around fish biology, fish models, and auditory system of vertebrates. Current projects in my lab include: 1) systematic paleontology and interrelationships (phylogeny) of fishes, 2) functional anatomy of vertebrates, 3) normal function and pathological changes of auditory system in the zebrafish model. My lab use methods in both descriptive and quantitative anatomy including computed tomography (CT) and geometric morphometrics, in biomechanical simulations for sound vibrations using dynamic finite element analysis (FEA), and in the physiological responses of fish to acoustic stimulation in experimental settings. In addition to laboratory research, I also conduct field work to collect vertebrate fossils. The research goal of my lab is to understand the proximal (physiological and biomechanical) and ultimate (evolutionary) mechanisms underlying normal functions, dysfunctions, and disorders of auditory system of vertebrates.
Chen G., J. Liu, M.-M. Chang. 2018. Evolutionary hotspot of Cenozoic fish: Paleogene ichthyofauna from the onshore basins around Beibu Gulf. Chinese Science Bulletin, 63(27): 2863-2875(2018). https://doi.org/10.1360/N972018-00569.
Chen G., L. Cen, and J. Liu. 2017. Cyprinus-like pharyngeal bones and teeth (Teleostei, Cypriniformes, Cyprinidae) from the Early–Middle Oligocene deposits of South China. Vertebrata PalAsiatica. (in English with Chinese Abstract)
DeCelles, P. G., I. S. Castañeda, B. Carrapa, J. Liu, J. Quade, R. Leary, and L. Zhang. 2016. Oligocene-Miocene great lakes in the India-Asia collision zone. Basin Research. doi:10.1111/bre.12217.
Liu J., M. V. H. Wilson, and A. M. Murray. 2016. A new catostomid fish (Ostariophysi, Cypriniformes) from the Eocene Kishenehn Formation and remarks on the North American species of †Amyzon Cope. Journal of Paleontology: 90(2):288–304.
Liu J., M.-M. Chang, M. V. H. Wilson, and A. M. Murray. 2015. A new family of Cypriniformes (Teleostei, Ostariophysi) based on a redescription of †Jianghanichthys hubeiensis (Lei, 1977) from the Eocene Yangxi Formation of China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: e1004073: 1–23.
Liu J. and M-m. Chang, 2009. A new Eocene catostomid (Teleostei: Cypriniformes) from northeastern China and early divergence of Catostomidae. Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences, 52(2): 189-202.
Chang M-m., X. Wang, H. Liu, D. Miao, Q. Zhao, G. Wu, J. Liu, Q. Li, Z. Sun, N. Wang, 2008. Extraordinarily thick-boned fish witnessed the drying of Qaidam Basin on northern Tibetan Plateau. PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America), 105(36): 13246–13251.