2014: James F. Jenks

2014: James F. Jenks

James in the field
James and Paula Mikkelsen

Each spring, the Paleontological Research Institution is proud to recognize a nonprofessional for outstanding contributions to the field of paleontology. It is with great pleasure that PRI presents its 2014 Katherine Palmer Award to James F. Jenks.

Jim Jenks of West Jordan, Utah, is an avid collector, particularly of Triassic ammonoid fossils. This passion began in high school and has continued through retirement, taking him to the mountains of California, Nevada, Idaho, and Utah in search of specimens. He is recognized today as one of the foremost collectors, preparers, and researchers, equalling, if not exceeding, the contributions of many professional paleontologists.

Jim’s recognition in the field is evidenced by his nomination, not by one or two, but fourteen colleagues — Nicolas Goudemand, Arnaud Brayard, Thomas Galfetti, Claude Monnet, Hugo Bucher, Spencer G. Lucas, Jean Guex, Christopher McRoberts, Marco Balini, Gilles Escarguel, Nicolas Olivier, Emmanuel Fara, David Ware, and Michael J. Orchard. In their nomination of Jim for this award, they noted:

“Collaborating with scientists from all over the world in the study of the Triassic of the American West, Jim has made a huge mark on paleontology. Many graduate student degrees owe much to Jim’s collaboration, as do advances in our knowledge of the Triassic System researched and published on by all of us and others, often with Jim as a co-author. Indeed, Jim’s resume as a paleontologist puts him on a par with many professionals in the field. Truly, Jim Jenks is a remarkable student of the fossil record, whose contributions to paleontology are as diverse as they are significant.

Jim's hard work in the field, collecting and documenting the context of the ammonoids, his masterful preparation of the fossils in his home laboratory, his meticulous study of the fossils, and his recent record of research and publications identify Jim as one of the most important living students of Triassic ammonoids. His intentions to donate his collection to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History for future generations illustrate his generosity and his outstanding determination to organize his work in a long-term perspective.”

The Katherine Palmer Award is named for PRI’s second director, Katherine van Winkle Palmer, who held avocational paleontologists in high regard and collaborated with many during her long career. PRI has presented this award almost every year since 1993. We are especially grateful to the Mid-America Paleontological Society for providing us with a very special venue at which to present this award over much of that time.

Paula M. Mikkelsen
Associate Director for Science
Paleontological Research Institution
April 4, 2014

James’ Thank You remarks

My selection as the 2014 recipient of the Katherine Palmer Award is indeed a great honor. Imagine my surprise when just a little over two weeks ago, I opened an e-mail from Dr. Mikkelsen that was headlined in bold print: Congratulations from Paleontological Research Institution. My jaw dropped and hit my knees as I read the message — I had no idea I was even being considered for this prestigious award.

With that said, I’d like to thank Dr. Mikkelsen, Dr. Allmon, and Dr. Ivany and the other members of Science Committee of the PRI Board of Trustees for selecting me as this year’s recipient. I’d also like to thank my professional friends and colleagues who nominated me for the award. My association with some of these gentlemen goes back nearly 25 years, and it makes me especially proud just knowing that they all think enough of my work and collaborative efforts over the years to nominate me. They include from France, Nick Goudemand, Arnaud Brayard, Gilles Escarguel, Nicolas Olivier, Emannuel Fara, Claude Monnet and David Ware; from Switzerland, Thomas Galfetti, Hugo Bucher and Jean Guex; from Italy, Marco Balini; and from the United States, Spencer Lucas and Christopher McRoberts and from Canada, Michael Orchard. I’d also like to acknowledge two of my earliest European friends and colleagues, Wolfgang Weitschat of Hamburg and Hans Rieber of Zurich. These gentlemen are long retired and no longer active, but they always encouraged my work. I’d also like to thank the late Norman Silberling who I know would have heartedly supported my nomination — his encouragement over the years meant a lot to me. And last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank my wife Ruby for her endearing support of my activities over the years. She’s had to turn our home into a bed and breakfast for my European friends on countless occasions and sometimes on very short notice. She deserves a good part of the credit for this award.

List of publications James F. Jenks (as of Feb. 2013)

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • Goudemand, N., Orchard, M. J., Bucher, H., Jenks, J. 2012, The elusive origin of Chiosella timorensis (Conodont Triassic). Geobios 45(2), p. 199-207.
  • Balini, M., Jenks, J. and Martin, M., 2012, Taxonomy and stratigraphic significance of Trachyceras silberlingi n. sp., from the Lower Carnian of South Canyon (New Pass Range, central Nevada, USA): Bollettino della Societa Palaeontologica Italiana, v. 51, p. 127-136.
  • Romano, C., Kogan, I., Jenks, J., Jerjen, I. and Brinkmann, W., 2012, Saurichthys and other fossil fishes from the late Smithian (Early Triassic) of Bear Lake County (Idaho, USA), with a discussion of saurichthyid palaeogeography and evolution: Bulletin of Geosciences, v. 87, p. 543-570.
  • Brayard, A., Vennin, E., Olivier, N., Bylund, K. G., Jenks, J., Stephen, D. A., Bucher, H., Hofmann, R., Goudemand, N., Escarguel, G., 2011, Transient metazoan reefs in the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction, Nature Geoscience 4(10), p. 693-697.
  • Ware, D., Jenks, J., Hautmann, M. and Bucher, H., 2011, Dienerian (Early Triassic) ammonoids from the Candelaria Hills, (Nevada, USA) and their significance for palaeobiogeography, Swiss Journal of Geoscience, v. 104, p. 161-181.
  • Jenks, J. F., Brayard, A., Brühwiler, T. and Bucher, H., 2010, New Smithian (Early Triassic) ammonoids from Crittenden Springs, Elko County, Nevada: Implications for taxonomy, biostratigraphy and biogeography: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 48, 41 p., 24 figs.
  • Balini, M., Lucas, S.G., Jenks, J. F. and Spielmann, J.A., 2010, Triassic ammonoid biostratigraphy: an overview: in Lucas, S.G., The Triassic Timescale: Geological Society, London, Special Publications, v. 334, p. 221-262.
  • Guex, J., Hungerbuhler, A. Jenks, J. F., O’Dogherty, L. Atudorei, V., Taylor, D.G., Bucher, H. and Bartolini, A., 2010, New Spathian (Lower Triassic) ammonoids from western USA (Idaho, California, Utah and Nevada), University of Lausanne, Memoires de Geologie, No. 49, 82p., 12 figs., and 60 pl.
  • Brinkmann, W., Romano, C., Bucher, H., Ware, D. and Jenks, J. F., 2010, Palaeobiogeography and stratigraphy of advanced Gnathostomian fishes (Chondrichthyes and Osteichthyes) in the Early Triassic and from selected Anisian localities (report 1863-2009): Literaturbericht, Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie, Teil 2, 2009, (5/6), p. 765-812.
  • Brayard, A., Nutzel, A., Stephen, D., Bylund, K.G., Jenks, J. and Bucher, H., 2010, Gastropod evidence against the Early Triassic Lilliput effect, Geology, v. 38, p. 147-150.
  • Brayard, A., Brühwiler, T., Bucher, H. and Jenks, J., 2009, Guodunites, a low-palaeolatitude and transpanthalassic Smithian (Early Triassic) ammonoid genus, Palaeontology, v. 52, p. 471-481.
  • Jenks, J. F., 2007, Smithian (Early Triassic) ammonoid biostratigraphy at Crittenden Springs, Elko County, Nevada and a new ammonoid from the Meekoceras gracilitatis Zone: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 40, p. 81-90.
  • Jenks, J. F., Spielmann, J.A. and Lucas, S.G., 2007, Triassic ammonoids: A photographic journey: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 40, p. 33-79.
  • Balini, M., Jenks, J. F., McRoberts, C.A. and Orchard, M., 2007, The Ladinian-Carnian boundary succession at South Canyon (New Pass Range, central Nevada): New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 40, p. 127-138.
  • Lucas, S.G., Silberling, N.J., Jenks, J. F., Bucher, H., Speilmann, J.A. and Rinehart, L.F., 2007, First Day: Middle Triassic stratigraphy and ammonite biostratigraphy in western Nevada: Fossil Hill to Favret Canyon: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 40, p. 5-15.
  • Lucas, S.G., Silberling, N.J., Jenks, J. F., Balini, M., Bucher, H., Speilmann, J.A. and Rinehart, L.F., 2007, Second Day: Middle and Upper Triassic stratigraphy and ammonite biostratigraphy: McCoy Mine and South Canyon, Nevada: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 40, p. 16-22.
  • Lucas, S.G., Silberling, N.J., Jenks, J. F., Speilmann, J.A. and Rinehart, L.F., 2007, Third Day: Upper Triassic and Lower Jurassic stratigraphy and biostratigraphy in western Nevada: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 40, p. 23-30.
  • Balini, M. and Jenks, J. F., 2007, The Trachyceratidae from South Canyon (central Nevada): Record, taxonomic problems and stratigraphic significance for the definition of the Ladinian-Carnian boundary, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 41, p. 14-22.
  • Brayard, A., Bucher, H., Brühwiler, T., Goudemand, N., Escarguel, G., Guodun, K. and Jenks, J., 2007, Proharpoceras Chao: a new ammonoid lineage surviving the end Permian mass extinction: Lethaia, v. 40, p. 175-181.
  • Guex, J., Hungerbühler, A., Jenks, J., Taylor, D. and Bucher, H., 2005, Dix-huit nouveaux genres d’ammonites du Spathien (Trias inférieur) de l’ouest américain (Idaho, Nevada, Utah et Californie): Note préliminaire. Bulletin de Géologie, Lausanne 362.
  • Guex, J., Hungerbühler, A., Jenks, J., Taylor, D. and Bucher, H., 2005, Dix-neuf nouvelles espèces d’ammonites du Spathien (Trias inférieur) de l’ouest américain (Idaho, Nevada, Utah et Californie), Note préliminaire. Bulletin de Géologie, Lausanne 363.
  • Jenks, J. F., Guex, J., Hungerbühler, A., Taylor, D. and Bucher, H., 2013, Ammonoid biostratigraphy of the early Spathian Columbites parisianus Zone at Bear Lake Hot Springs, Idaho: in Tanner, L.H., Spielmann, J.A. and Lucas, S.G., eds., Triassic Geology and Paleontology. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin. In Press.
  • Monnet C., Bucher H., Brayard A., and Jenks J. F. 2013, Globacrochordiceras gen. nov. (Acrochordiceratidae, late Early Triassic) and its significance for stress-induced evolutionary jumps in ammonoid lineages (cephalopods). Fossil Record. In Press.

In Preparation

  • Balini, M., Jenks, J., Martin, R., McRoberts, C.A., Orchard, M.J. and Silberling, N.J., A new Carnian/Norian boundary section from the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park (Upper Triassic, central Nevada, USA): to be submitted to Palaontologische Zeitschrift.
  • Brayard, A., Bylund, K.G., Jenks, J., Stephen, D.A., Olivier, N., Escarguel, G., Fara, E. and Vennin, E., Smithian ammonoid faunas from Utah: implications for Early Triassic biostratigraphy, correlations and basinal paleogeography.
  • Scheyer, T.M., Romano, C., Jenks, J. and Bucher, H., Taking a bite at the Early Triassic marine biotic recovery: the predators’ perspective, submitted to Biological Review.

Abstracts

  • Brayard A., Goudemand N., Vennin E., Olivier N., Bylund K.G., Jenks J., Stephen D.A., Bucher H., Hofmann R., Escarguel G., Stanley G.D., 2012. Transient metazoan reefs in the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction. 34th IGC, Brisbane, Australia, 5-10 August, 2012.
  • Brayard A., Stanley G.D., Vennin E., Olivier N., Bylund K.G., Jenks J., Stephen D.A., Bucher H., Hofmann R., Goudemand N., Escarguel G., 2012. Transient metazoan reefs in the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 9-13 July, 2012. Poster
  • Brayard A., Bylund K.G., Vennin E., Olivier N., Jenks J., Stephen D.A., Bucher H., Hofmann R., Goudemand N., Escarguel G., 2012. Transient metazoan reefs in the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction. Annual Utah Friends of Paleontology Conference, Salt Lake City, USA, 27-29 April, 2012. Poster.
  • Goudemand N., Orchard M., Bucher H., Jenks J., 2011. Is Chiosella timorensis a good index for the Olenekian-Anisian Boundary? ICCP2011, XVII Int. Congress on the Carboniferous and Permian. Perth, Western Australia, 3-8 July, 2011.
  • Jenks, J., Brayard, A., Brühwiler, T. and Bucher, H., 2010, Tethyan affinity of new Smithian (Early Triassic) ammonoids from Crittenden Springs, (Elko County, Nevada): 8th International Symposium, Cephalopods, Present and Past (Dijon — France 2010) Poster.
  • Jenks, J., Ware, D. and Bucher, H., 2010, Dienerian (Early Triassic) ammonoids from the Candelaria Formation, Mineral County, Nevada: 8th International Symposium, Cephalopods, Present and Past (Dijon — France 2010) Poster.
  • Bylund, K.G., Stephen, D.A., Brayard, A., Bucher, H., Jenks, J. and McShinsky, R.D., 2010, Early Triassic ammonoids from the Pahvant Range, Utah, USA: 8th International Symposium, Cephalopods, Present and Past (Dijon — France 2010) Poster.
  • Stephen, D.A., Menlove, L., Goudemand, N., Bylund, K.G., Brayard, A., McShinsky, R.D., Bucher, H. and Jenks, J., 2009, Early Triassic conodonts in the Pahvant Range of central Utah: Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 6 Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain Section (61st Annual) Meeting (11-13 May 2009).
  • Bylund, K.G., Stephen, D.A., Brayard, A., Bucher, H., Jenks, J. and McShinsky, R.D., 2009, Ammonoids of the Lower Triassic Thaynes Group in the Pahvant Range, Utah: Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 6 Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain Section (61st Annual) Meeting (11-13 May 2009).