Anthony (Tony) Martin is a paleontologist and geologist who specializes in ichnology, the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, trails, burrows, and nests. He is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University, where he has been for more than 20 years. At Emory, he teaches a wide variety of courses in paleontology, geology, and the environmental sciences on campus and in field courses, including study-abroad programs.
Along with his interest in the ichnology of the Georgia barrier islands, he has studied modern traces and trace fossils from elsewhere in the U.S. and other countries, with his most significant discoveries in Australia, including the oldest fossil crayfish in the Southern Hemisphere, the best assemblage of dinosaur tracks in southern Australia, and the oldest bird tracks in Australia. He has published many peer-reviewed articles on traces and trace fossils made by plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates representing the last 550 million years of the geologic record. He frequently presents his research results at professional meetings, but also loves speaking for general audiences.
Martin’s most recent book is Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by Their Trace Fossils (2014, Pegasus Press), a lively and fun book explaining dinosaur trace fossils, such as their tracks, nests, burrows, and feces. Martin has written two editions of a college textbook on dinosaurs (Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs), a field guidebook to trace fossils of the Bahamas (Trace Fossils of San Salvador), and a book for teenagers (The Dinosaur that Dug Its Burrow) about the first known burrowing dinosaur, which he co-discovered. He also scripted and performed lectures for The Great Courses, with a DVD course on evolution and the fossil record, titled Major Transitions in Evolution.
In Martin’s spare time, he is an avid reader and enjoys drawing, cooking, biking, and hiking. He lives with his wife, Ruth Schowalter, in Decatur, Georgia; she has been an integral and invaluable field partner with Martin over the past 10 years on the Georgia coast, as well as in the western U.S., the Bahamas, Australia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, and many other places. As a visionary artist, Schowalter is creatively inspired by the life and environments of the Georgia barrier islands, so together they make for a remarkable science-art team.