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Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone

Research Assistant in Palaeontology, University of Bristol

Liz is currently a research assistant at the University of Bristol, and recently completed her PhD on pterosaur palaeobiology at the University of Southampton. She started out at the University of Alberta, Canada, with a Palaeontology Honours BSc degree, and then moved to the University of Bristol to complete a Master's in Palaeobiology.

She works primarily on pterosaurs and is interested in using modern imaging techniques such as computed tomography to study their bones and better understand the internal structure. For her PhD, Liz looked to use these data to reconstruct pterosaur skeletons and better understand the distribution of mass in the body since there are no modern analogues or descendants of this group. She's also interested in general biomechanics and evolution of flight in vertebrates. Currently, she is working on understanding the function and skeletal formation in osteoarthritis in zebrafish.


  • 2017–present
    Research assistant, University of Bristol


  • 2017 
    University of Southampton, PhD Ocean and Earth Science
  • 2013 
    University of Bristol, MSc Palaeobiology