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Mike Benton's PhD Students

Current PhD students

  1. James Logan King: Brain and braincase evolution in dinosaurs (Self)
  2. Vicky Coules: Imaging dinosaurs through the years (Self; Joint student with History of Art)
  3. Marta Zaher: Macroevolution and function in parareptiles (Faculty of Science)
  4. Susana Gutarra Diaz: Evolutionary innovations and convergence in Mesozoic marine reptiles: locomotory adaptations to ocean ecosystems (NERC DTP)
  5. Suresh Singh: Ecological modelling and macroevolution of dinosaurs (University of Bristol).
  6. Steven Zhang: Phylogeny, climate and diet in Neogene elephants (Self)
  7. Claire Bullar: Braincase anatomy, phylogeny, and the success of Ceratopsia (Self)
  8. Armin Elsler: Early tetrapod evolution: Red Queen or Court Jester (University of Bristol, DTP)
  9. Jorge Herrera Flores: Macroevolution of Lepidosauria (Conicyt, Mexico)
  10. Richard Kelly: Changes in the British insect fauna across the end Triassic mass extinction event (NERC-National Museum of Scotland CASE, DTP)
  11. Max Stockdale: Macroevolution of crocodylomorphs (NERC)
  12. Fiona Walker: The rock and fossil records of the British Cretaceous (BGS/ NERC)
  13. Naomi Apostolakis: Dinosaur body size (Self; Benton/ Thomas/ Sakamoto/ Lloyd)

PhD Students Graduated

  1. Dr Massimo Bernardi (2012-7): Integration of ichnological data with the body fossil record: Vertebrate palaeontology and palaeoichnology of the Permian-Triassic ofthe Dolomites and nearby ares, Italian Alps (Promotion of Educational Policies, University and Research Department of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, South Tyrol). Curator, Museo delle Scienze, MUSE, Trento, Italy (2012-).
  2. Dr Mark Puttick (2012-6): Phylogenetic approaches to determining selectivity during mass extinctions and recoveries (NERC-Chengdu CASE). NERC PDRA, Bristol (2016-).
  3. Dr Chris Rogers (2012-6): Taphonomy and sedimentology of the Jehol sites of exceptional preservation in China (NERC PGRA). ERC PDRA, Cork (2016-).
  4. Dr Bruno Pereira (2011-6): Echinoderms of Portugal (FCT Portugal; Ruta/ Benton). Assistant Curator, Lourinha Museum, Portugal (2016-).
  5. Dr Benjamin Moon (2011-5): The Late Jurassic ichthyosaurs and ichthyosaur evolution (Self). PDRA, Exceptional fossils of Strawberry Bank (Leverhulme, 2016-).
  6. Dr Martín Chávez Hoffmeister (2011-5): Penguin evolution (CONICYT; Benton/ Ksepka). Postdoc, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia.
  7. Dr Tom Stubbs (2011-5): Evolution of reptiles in Mesozoic marine ecosystems (NERC; Benton/ Ruta/ Rayfield). NERC PDRA, Bristol (2015-7).
  8. Dr Rachel Warnock (2010-4): Integrating molecular and paleontological approaches to telling evolutionary time (NERC; Donoghue/ Benton). Postdoc., Smithsonian Institution, Washington (2014-6), ETH, Zurich (2016-).
  9. Dr Alex Dunhill (2009-12): Sampling and knowledge of the British Triassic and Jurassic fossil records (NERC; Benton). Exhibition of 1851 Postdoc., University of Bath. Lecturer, University of Leeds (2016-).
  10. Dr Zhao Qi (2009-12): Ceratopsian dinosaurs and the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution (DIUS/ Chinese Academy; Benton). Associate Professor, IVPP, Beijing (2013-).
  11. Dr Sarda Sahney (2005-12): Evolution of tetrapod ecosystems (Self-funded). Web designer.
  12. Dr Marco Brandalise de Andrade (2006-10): Phylogenetic analysis of 'mesosuchians' from Gondwana, CNPq. Lecturer, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2014-).
  13. Dr Manabu Sakamoto (2007-10): Jaw mechanics in theropod dinosaurs. BBSRC Postdoc., University of Bristol. NERC Postdoc, Reading (2014-).
  14. Dr Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández (2007-10): The Upper Jurassic-Early Cretaceous dinosaurs and other vertebrates from the Galve and Cameros basins, NE Spain. Science engagement counselor, Burgos, Spain.
  15. Dr Nic Minter (2003-8): Tracks from the Robledo Formation, Texas. NERC. Postdoc., Department of Archaeology, University of Bristol. Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth (2012-).
  16. Dr Graeme Lloyd (2004-8): Acquisition of characters through time. NERC. Postdoc., University of Oxford (NERC). Lecturer, University of Leeds (2016-).
  17. Dr Sandra Jasinoski (2004-8): Biomechanics of dicynodont feeding. ORS. Postdoc, University of Cape Town; Postdoc, University of Witwatersrand (2016-).
  18. Dr Laura Säilä (2004-8): Procolophonid phylogeny. Usk Huttunen. Postdoc., University of Helsinki, Finland.
  19. Dr Stephanie Pierce (2003-7): Thalattosuchian phylogeny. ORS. Postdoc., University of Cambridge. Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Zoology, Harvard University.
  20. Dr Ian Corfe (2002-7): Character weighting. NERC-CASE (with NHM). Postdoc, University of Helsinki.
  21. Dr Nicole Davies (2003-7): Biomechanics of sauropodomorph dinosaurs. Self. Teacher, Pfaffenhofen, Germany.
  22. Dr Keith de Blanger (2001-6): The Effect of the Permian mass extinction on hybodont sharks. University and self funding. Editor, Elsevier, Oxford.
  23. Dr David Hone (2002-5): Phylogeny of basal diapsids. Self. Lecturer, Queen Mary College, London.
  24. Dr Karen Moreno (2002-5): Dinosaurian tracks in South America. ORS. Lecturer in Palaeontology, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia.
  25. Dr Pam Gill (2000-5): Kuehneotherium and the relationships of Mesozoic mammals. Self-funding. Postdoc, Bristol (NERC).
  26. Dr Simon Harris (2000-4): The use of characters in systematics (jointly supervised with M. Wilkinson and D. Gower, NHM). NERC-CASE. Senior Staff Scientist, Sanger Institute, Cambridge.
  27. Dr Eduardo Llinas-Agrasar (2000-4): Tertiary crocodilians and turtles from Libya. Self-funding. Biologist, Padró, Spain.
  28. Dr Abby Lane (1999-2002): The Palaeozoic 'plateau': real or artefact? NERC. Data Analyst, Environment Agency (2003-).
  29. Dr Debbie Wharton (1997-2002): Diapsid braincase evolution (jointly supervised by D. M. Unwin, Humboldt Museum, Berlin). NERC. Teacher training.
  30. Professor Davide Pisani (1999-2001): Systematics of the lower tetrapods: Comparison of complete phylogenies from morphological and molecular data. Self-funded. PDRA, University of Pennsylvania (2001-3), University of Maynoooth Marie Curie postdoc (2004-6); Lecturer, University of Maynooth (2006-12); Reader, University of Bristol (2012-6); Professor, University of Bristol (2016-).
  31. Dr Emmanuel Fara (1998-2001): The fossil record of tetrapods in the past 100 million years. University of Bristol Scholarship. Temporary Researcher, Université de Montpellier (2001-3). CNRS Postdoc., Université de Poitiers (2003-5); Maître de Conférences, Université de Dijon (2005-).
  32. Dr Max Langer (1998-2001): Saturnalia tunpinquim and the early evolution of dinosaurs. ORS. Associate Professor, University of Săo Paolo (2001-).
  33. Dr Marco Signore (1997-2001): Palaeobiology of the dromaeosaurid dinosaurs. EC (TMR Fellowship). Junior Lecturer, University of Benevento, Italy (2001-).
  34. Dr Kenny Monsch (1996-2000): Phylogeny of the scombroid fishes (jointly supervised by P. Forey, BMNH). Self-funded. Associate Professor, University of Wroclaw, Poland (2000-6); Research Associate, Naturalis, Leiden, Netherlands.
  35. Dr Gareth Dyke (1997-2000): Early avian phylogeny. NERC. Postdoc., Dept. of Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History, New York (2000-2). Lecturer, University College Dublin (2002-11), University of Southampton (2011-6), University of Debrecen, Hungary (2015-).
  36. Dr Rebecca Hitchin (1995-2000): Diversification of fishes and the quality of the fossil record. Leverhulme Trust. Analyst, Evaluate Energy, London (2000-).
  37. Dr M. Simone Klutzny (1996-2000): Phylogenetic use of developmental anatomy of the ala temporalis in mammals (jointly supervised by R. Presley, Cardiff). EEC (TMR Fellowship). Faculty STEM Science Curriculum Specialist, Mesalands College, Tucumcari, Arizona.
  38. Dr Giles A. Smith (1995-9): The Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary. Self-funding; Tratman Scholarship. National Manager, Conveyancing and Legal Services at GlobalX Information, Sydney, Australia.
  39. Dr Oliver Rauhut (1996-2000): Theropod phylogeny (jointly supervised by D. M. Unwin, Humboldt Museum, Berlin). EEC (TMR Fellowship). DAAD Postdoc., Trelew Museum, Argentina (2000-2); Postdoc., Humboldt Museum, Berlin (2002-4); Curator, Bayerisches Staatssammlung, Munich (2004-).
  40. Dr Donald J. Henderson (1995-9): Biomechanics of theropod dinosaurs. Self-funding. NSERC Postdoc., Johns Hopkins University (1999-2001), University of Calgary (2001-6), Curator of Dinosaurs, Tyrrell Royal Museum, Drumheller (2006-).
  41. Dr Danny Grange (1993-8): Biomechanics and evolution of the fully marine Jurassic crocodilians (jointly supervised with D. M. Unwin). NERC. Management training.
  42. Dr Axel Hungerbühler (1993-8): The phylogeny of the phytosaurs (Triassic; Reptilia). EEC (HCM Fellowship). DAAD and NSERC Postdoc., University of Toronto (1999-2001), University of California, Berkeley (2001), Texas Tech University (2002-3); Associate Professor, Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari, Arizona (2003-).
  43. Dr Michael J. King (1991-8): Middle Triassic footprints, taxonomy, stratigraphy, and mode of formation. NERC Appeal Award. Part-time lecturer, Stroud College of HE.
  44. Dr Clive Trueman (1993-7): Taphonomy of British Triassic and Jurassic marine reptile sites. Tratman Scholarship, Univ. of Bristol. Tutor, MSc Palaeobiology, Univ. Bristol (1997-2000); Postdoc, Smithsonian Institution, Washington (2000-2); Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth (2002-6); Associate Professor in Marine Ecology, University of Southampton (2006-).
  45. Dr Jo Wright (1992-6): Locomotion in limbed animals: biomechanics and trackways (jointly supervised with D. E. G. Briggs). Univ. Bristol Scholarship. Researcher, BBC Science Unit (1997-8); Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver (1998-2009); Teaching Fellow in Environmental Science and Geology, Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment, Keele University (2010-6); Lecturer in Physical Geography and Environmental Science, University of Northampton (2016-).
  46. Dr Paul G. Davis (1990-5): The taphonomy of birds (supervized with D. E. G. Briggs and J. M. V. Rayner). NERC. Editor, Institute of Physics (1995-6); Postdoc., National Science Museum, Tokyo (1996-7); Geological Curator, Surrey County Council (1997-9); Curator of fossil plants (2000-4); Chief Registrar, Natural History Museum, London (2004-).
  47. Dr Sara J. Metcalf (1990-5): The Middle Jurassic tetrapods from Hornsleasow, Gloucestershire. Tratman Scholarship, Univ. Bristol. Postdoc. RA, English Nature, Fossil fish sites of Britain, Bristol (1994-5); Curatorial Consultant, Gloucester City Museum (1995); Royal Society European Postdoc. Fellowship, Tübingen (1995-6); Manager, Cleethorpes Discovery Centre (1997-2001); Manager, Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park, Lincoln (2001-).
  48. Dr Cris T. Little (1991-5): The Pliensbachian-Toarcian extinction event. NERC Postdoc., Natural History Museum, London (1995-9); postdoc., University of California (1999-2000); Senior lecturer, University of Leeds (2000-).
  49. Dr Liz Cook (1991-5): Sedimentology and taphonomy of Wealden (Lower Cretaceous) bone accumulations. NCC; Access funds. Postdoc., Dinosaur Society, NERC (1995-6). Geological Conservation Review, English Nature (1997-9); Library researcher, BBC Natural History Unit (1999-).
  50. Dr David J. Gower (1990-4): Morphology and relationships of the earliest archosaurs. NERC. NERC Postdoc., Bristol (1994, 1997-8); Royal Society European Postdoc. Fellowship, Tübingen (1994-6); Research Officer (1999-2004); Curator of Reptiles, Natural History Museum, London (2004-2013); Merit Researcher, NHM (2013-).
  51. Dr Makoto Manabe (1990-4): Convergence and innovations in aquatic adaptation in Ichthyosauria. ORS. Head of Vertebrate Palaeontology, National Science Museum, Tokyo (1994-).
  52. Dr Patrick S. Spencer (1989-94): The early interrelationships and morphology of Amniota. Self-funded; NERC-funded RA. PDRA, University of Toronto (1997-8), National Science Museum, Tokyo (1998-2001), University of Bath (2001-2).
  53. Dr Paddy J. Orr (1989-94): The palaeobiology of early Phanerozoic deep-marine ichnofaunas. Dept. of Education (N.I.). Royal Society European Postdoc. Fellowship (Galway, 1994-5); Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Bristol (1995-6). Postdoc., NERC (1996-7); NERC Postdoc., University of Oxford (1997-8); Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway (1998-2003); Associate Professor, University College, Dublin (2003-).
  54. Dr Mark Wilkinson (1990-2): Consensus, compatibility and missing data in phylogenetic inference. SERC-funded RA. Postdoc., Natural History Museum (1993). Lecturer, University of Glasgow (1993-4); Lecturer, University of Bristol (1995-8); Associate Keeper, Department of Zoology, Natural History Museum (1998-2003); Merit Researcher, Natural History Museum (1998-).
  55. Dr Andrew J. Newell (1988-92): Sedimentological controls on vertebrate taphonomy in Triassic fluvial environments. Dept. of Education (N.I.). Consultant sedimentologist, Sir Alexander Gibb (1993-6); Senior Geologist, British Geological Survey, Oxford (1996-).
  56. Dr Jim O. Buckman (1988-92): Lower Carboniferous trace fossils from north-west Ireland. Dept. of Education (N.I.), Distinguished Studentship. Lecturer, University of Staffordshire (1992-4); lecturer, Paisley University (1994-5); NERC postdoc., University of Glasgow (1996-8); Manager, Environmental SEM facility, Heriot-Watt University (1998-).
  57. Professor W. Des Maxwell (1986-91): The pareiasaur Elginia from Elgin, north-east Scotland, and the late Permian extinction event. Dept. of Education (N.I.). Postdoc., Montana State University (1991-4), Assistant Professor, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (1994-9); Associate Professor, University of the Pacific, California (1999-).
  58. Professor Patrick J. McKeever (1986-90): Studies on the sedimentology and palaeoecology of the Permian of Scotland (supervised with J. Parnell). Dept. of Education (N.I.). Postdoc., University of Manchester (1990-5); Geologist, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (1995-2012); Secretary of the International Geoscience Programme, UNESCO (2012-).

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