Philip Donoghue


Professor of Palaeobiology

The main focus of my research is the relationship between development and evolution, and the origin of major groups of organisms, including both animals and plants. In particular, I am interested in the role of palaeontology within the synthesis of evolutionary developmental biology, which addresses the relationship between evolution at the level of the gene, embryo and adult. Palaeontology has an important role to play in a world of molecular biology but molecular techniques and data can also invaluable in solving core paleontological questions - hence we run a molecular lab alongside our more conventional palaeo lab.

I am a member of the editorial boards of the journals Evolution & Development, Evo&Devo, Journal of the Geological Society, Lethaia, Palaeontology, and the Transactions of the Royal Society of Ediinburgh: Earth Sciences. I also serve as member of the NERC Training Advisory Group (TAG).