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Michael J. Benton

    Office: Life Sciences Building Room 118


    Telephone: +44 (0)117 394 1208

    Fax: +44 (0)117 925 3385

Academic career:

    2016-7: Head of School of Biological Sciences

    2001-8: Head of Department of Earth Sciences

    1997- : University of Bristol, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology

    1992-6: University of Bristol, Reader

    1989-92: University of Bristol, Lecturer

    1984-9: Queen's University of Belfast, Lecturer

    1982-4: Trinity College, Oxford, Junior Research Fellow

    1981-2: Nature Conservancy Council, Higher Scientific Officer

    1978-81: University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (PhD). PhD Title: The Triassic reptile Hyperodapedon from Elgin: functional morphology and relationships.

    1974-8: University of Aberdeen (BSc Zoology)


    European Research Council Advanced Research Grant, 2018-2024

    Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), 2014

    President, Palaeontological Association, 2012-2014

    President, International Paleontological Association, 2010-2014

    Edward Bass Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Yale University, 2009

    University Research Fellowship, University of Bristol, 2008-9

    Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), 2008

    T. Neville George Medal, Geological Society of Glasgow, 2006

    Lyell Medal, Geological Society of London, 2005

    Entry in Who's Who, 2003- .

    Annual Guest Lecturer, Irish Geological Association, 2001.

    University Research Fellowship, University of Bristol, 1999-2000.

    Scott Simpson Memorial Lecture, Ussher Society, 1997.

    Lyell Fund, Geological Society of London, 1992.

    Lyell Lecturer, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1991.

    Best paper, Palaeontological Association, 1984.

    NERC Special Competition Research Studentship, 1978-1981.


A full list of my publications may be found here.

PhD students

A full list of my current and former PhD students may be found here.

Thecodontosaurus illustration courtesy of Richard Deasey.
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