April 2012: Duncan Murdock successfully defended his PhD thesis and is now 'Dr Clever'. Duncan is currently employed as a postdoc at Leicester University and will start his second postdoc back in the Lab with us in October.
February 2012: Rachel Warnock has been awarded a prestigious NESCENT research fellowship, and so Rachel will be on sabbatical from her PhD from October 2012
Sam Gibbs won the poster prize at the Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association based on her MSci research project investigating the evolution of the gnathostome dermal skeleton. Sam is now a PhD student with Matt Friedman (Oxford)
The overarching theme of research in our lab concerns the relationship between development and evolution, and the role that palaeontological data play in fleshing out the skeletal framework of organismal evolution based otherwise on living animals.
Our research encompasses traditional palaeontology, including comparative anatomy, histology and phylogenetics, as well as synchrotron tomographic microscopy, computed tomography, elemental mapping and Kikuchi diffraction, to better understand patterns of character evolution among extinct lineages intermediate of their extant relatives.
We also run a molecular lab cloning genes for molecular phylogenetics, molecular clock analyses and developmental biology.
Dr Philip Donoghue, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, UK; Tel: 0117 954 5440; Fax: 0117 925 3385 email Contact Me