NERC Advanced Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer as from Jan 2014, University of Lincoln

Dr Marcello Ruta – CURRICULUM VITAE
School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Lincoln, Riseholme Park Campus, Lincoln LN2 2LG, UK
tel: +44 (0)1522 895 470; e-mail: MRuta@lincoln.ac.uk

Current Post
NERC Advanced Research Fellow, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK, leading to Senior Lectureship in Jan 2014

Qualifications
May 1998 PhD (Palaeontology, Distinction): Birkbeck College, University of London and Palaeontology Department, The Natural History Museum, London.
July 1992 BSc (Zoology, Honours): University of Bari, Italy.

Employment Record
Jan 2014 onward: Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK.
Sep 2012 – Dec 2013: NERC Advanced Research Fellow; School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK.
Jan 2009 – Aug 2012: NERC Advanced Research Fellow; School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.
Apr 2006 – Dec 2008: Research Fellow; School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.
Oct 2004 – Mar 2006: John Caldwell Meeker Research Fellow; Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA.
Aug 2001 – Sep 2004: Research Associate; Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago, USA.
Sep 1999 – July 2001: Research Assistant; Department of Biology, University College London, UK.
Nov 1998 – Jan 1999: Short-term Curator; Palaeontology Department, The Natural History Museum, London, UK.

Research History
Grants
2010 – 2012: BBSRC Standard Grant (£ 235,927.20) – PI; Project: Multidisciplinary approaches to the evolutionary history of felids: phylogeny, disparity, and biomechanics in living and fossil cats; School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.
2009 – 2013: NERC Advanced Research Fellowship (£ 415,972) – PI; Project: Global catastrophe or random decline? Evolutionary perspectives on the fall and rise of tetrapods across the Permo-Triassic boundary; School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol; transferred to School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln in Sep 2012.
2004 – 2006: John Caldwell Meeker Postdoctoral Fellowship ($ 30,000); Project: Interrelationships of Permo-Carboniferous temnospondyls; Department of Geology, Field Museum, Chicago.
1996 to 1998: Training And Mobility Of Researchers Grant (£ 50,000) [Marie Curie Fellowship, European Community, IV Framework Programme]; Project: Palaeontological studies on the evolutionary origin of the vertebrates; Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, London.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
2010 – 2012: Dr Manabu Sakamoto (Bristol; BBSRC funding to Marcello Ruta)
Research students
2 completed PhD; 4 currently supervised or co-supervised PhD; 21 completed MSc.

Teaching
2006 – 2010: Systematics Methods, 7 one-hour lectures, 2 three-hour practicals each year; 20 MSc students; Analytical Palaeobiology, 3 one-hour lectures, 2 three-hour practicals each year; 20 MSc students; Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Evolution, 7 one-hour lectures, 2 three-hour practicals each year; 20 MSc students [ Course Organizer for 2010 ].
2006 – 2009: Current Controversies, 1 one-hour lecture each year; 20 MSc students
1 external (York) and 4 internal (Bristol) PhD theses examined.

Examining
Internal
Laura Säilä (Bristol; Academic Year 2007-2008)
Title: Leptopleuron lacertinum and the interrelationships of the Procolophonoidea
Manabu Sakamoto (Bristol; Academic Year 2007-2008)
Title: Phylogeny and biomechanics in theropod dinosaurs
Ian Corfe (Bristol; Academic Year 2006-2007)
Title: Character weighting and competing hypotheses in palaeontological phylogenetics
Stephanie Pierce (Bristol; Academic Year 2006-2007)
Title: Morphospace occupation and mechanical performance in extant and extinct crocodiles: a combined geometric morphometric and finite element modelling approach
External
Rob Davies (University of York; Academic Year 2008-2009)
Title: A supertree of insect families

General Contribution
Editorial Responsibilities
Jan 2008 to date: Associate Editor for Palaeontology (journal of The Palaeontological Association, London).
Jan 2012 to date: Associate Editor for Comptes Rendus Palevol (journal of the Académie des Sciences, Paris).
Peer reviewer for national and international government agencies
National Science Foundation, USA (Mar 2006; Sep 2006); Natural Environment Research Council, UK (Apr 2006); National Research Foundation, South Africa (Apr 2008); Grant Agency, Ministry of Education and Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia (Aug 2008; July 2011); Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK (Sep 2009); Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada (Jan 2011).
Invited Lectures and Talks
25 invited talks at international meetings, schools, and popular venues.

Publications
Total
60 peer-reviewed papers; 3 peer-reviewed book chapters; 2 co-edited special journal issues.
Selected
Anderson, P.S.L., Friedman, M. and RUTA, M. 2013. Late to the table: diversification of tetrapod mandibular biomechanics lagged behind the evolution of terrestriality. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 53: 197–208.
Benton, M.J., RUTA, M., Dunhill, A.M. and Sakamoto, M. 2013. The first half of tetrapod evolution, sampling proxies, and fossil record quality. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 372: 18–41.
Birchard, G.F., RUTA, M. and Deeming, D.C. 2013. Evolution of parental incubation behaviour in dinosaurs cannot be inferred from clutch mass in birds. Biology Letters, 9 (e20130036): 1–5.
RUTA, M., Angielczyk, K.D., Fröbisch, J. and Benton, M.J. 2013. Decoupling of morphological disparity and taxic diversity during the adaptive radiation of anomodont therapsids. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 280 (e20131071): 1–9.
Angielczyk, K.D. and RUTA, M. 2012. Chapter 4: The roots of amphibian morphospace: a geometric morphometric analysis of Paleozoic temnospondyls. pp. 40–58. In: Lombard, R.E., Anderson, J., RUTA, M. and Sumida, S.S. (eds). Studies in Vertebrate Paleobiology – Essays in Honor of John R. Bolt. Fieldiana: Life and Earth Sciences, 5. Chicago: The Field Museum of Natural History, 148 pp.
Sakamoto, M. and RUTA, M. 2012. Convergence and divergence in the evolution of cat skulls: temporal and spatial patterns of morphological diversity. PLoS ONE, 7 (e39752): 1–13.
Wills, M.A., Gerber, S., RUTA, M. and Hughes, M. 2012. The disparity of priapulid, archaeopriapulid and palaeoscolecid worms in the light of new data. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25: 2056–2076.
Brusatte, S.L., Benton, M.J., Lloyd, G.T., RUTA, M. and Wang, S.C. 2011. The evolutionary radiation of archosaurs (Tetrapoda: Diapsida). Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 101: 367–382.
Prentice, K.C., RUTA, M. and Benton, M.J. 2011. Evolution of morphological disparity in pterosaurs. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 9: 337–353.
RUTA, M. 2011. Phylogenetic signal and character compatibility in the appendicular skeleton of early tetrapods. pp. 31–43. In: Barrett, P.M. and Milner, A.R. (eds). Studies on Fossil Tetrapods. Special Papers in Palaeontology, 86. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 280 pp.
RUTA, M., Cisneros, J.C., Liebrecht, T., Tsuji, L.A. and Müller, J. 2011. Amniotes through major biological crises: faunal turnover among parareptiles and the end-Permian mass extinction. Palaeontology, 54: 1117–1137.
Thorne, P.M., RUTA, M. and Benton, M.J. 2011. Resetting the evolution of marine reptiles at the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108: 8339–8344.

Experience

  • –present
    NERC Advanced Research Fellow, University of Lincoln