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Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Oxford

My research spans from field discovery and detailed anatomy of fossils, up to quantitative analysis of the large-scale patterns of evolution that have shaped biodiversity. It incorporates 3D morphometric and comparative study of both living and fossil species, phylogenetic palaeobiology, quantitative studies of form-function relationships, and classic elements of palaeontology/systematics.

My expertise is focused on Mesozoic and Late Palaeozoic groups including dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and early synapsids. My research group has addressed fundamental questions on the deep time evolutionary history of tetrapods more widely, including mammals, birds, crocodylians, turtles, lizards and their ancestors.


  • –present
    Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Oxford