I am a Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. My research encompasses the early history of vertebrates, methods for building and evolutionary trees and language evolution. Originally from Northern Ireland, I began my studies at Cambridge University, where I studied the development of beetle excretory systems. I then moved to Australia and worked at the South Australia Museum on the evolution of reproductive systems in snakes and lizards, before starting my PhD across town at Flinders on early vertebrates. I then completed a postdoc at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands, primarily focussing on tooth and jaw evolution.