Our PhD students are key to the success of the Bristol Palaeobiology Research Group. They address a broad range of topics, and we are delighted that so many produce theses of the very highest quality.
In the past several years, the Faculty of Science has singled out the best PhD submissions across the Faculty for commendation, and so far these include an unusially high number of palaeontologists - Dr Gai Zhikun, Dr James Rae, and Dr Jennie Bright in 2011-2, and of these Jennie won the Faculty of Science Prize for the best PhD thesis in 2011-2. In 2012-3, Dr Alex Dunhill was selected for commendation. In 2013-4, Dr Rachel Warnock was selected for commendation.
CLASS OF 2016
CLASS OF 2015
- Gareth Coleman: Using molecular methods to reconstruct the nature of the earliest life (Royal Society)
- Emma Landon: On the eve of the Cambrian Explosion: Palaeobiology and preservation of the Ediacaran Weng'an Biota (NERC DTP)
- Susana Gutarra Diaz: Evolutionary innovations and convergence in Mesozoic marine reptiles: locomotory adaptations to ocean ecosystems (NERC DTP)
- Nuria Morales Garcia: The functional evolution of Mesozoic mammals: a biomechanical approach (Conacyt, Mexico)
- Suresh Singh: Ecological modelling and macroevolution of dinosaurs (University of Bristol).
CLASS OF 2014
- Holly Betts: Fossils versus molecular clocks: which performs best in establishing a timescale for recent and ancient episodes in our evolutionary history? (NERC DTP)
- Frankie Dunn: Morphogenesis and development in the Ediacaran biota (NERC DTP)
- Maria Grigoratou: Understanding the global ocean zooplankton diversity and its response to climate change (ERC)
- Lucy Holloway: Measuring and interpreting convergence in molecular data (Templeton Foundation)
- Guillermo Navalón: The evolution and function of the avian skull (UoB Alumni Foundation)
- Serginio Remmelzwaal: Assessing past oxygen in the ocean using Cr isotopes as a palaeoproxy (NERC)
- Evan Saitta: taphonomy of colour in fossils (Self)
- Fiann Smithwick: colour in fossil organisms (NERC DTP)
- Steven (Hanwen) Zhang: Evolution and tooth wear in Elephantidae (Self)
CLASS OF 2013
- Claire Bullar: Braincase anatomy, phylogeny, and the success of Ceratopsia (Self)
- James Clark: Whole genome duplication and the evolution of the land plant body plan (BBSRC)
- Armin Elsler: Early tetrapod evolution: Red Queen or Court Jester (University of Bristol, DTP)
- James Fleming: Molecular evolution of vision in the Ecdysozoa (NERC, DTP)
- Jorge Herrera Flores: Macroevolution of Lepidosauria (Conicyt, Mexico)
- Richard Kelly: Changes in the British insect fauna across the end Triassic mass extinction event (NERC-National Museum of Scotland CASE, DTP)
- Dave Marshall: Investigations into the nature of early chelicerate cuticle (Self)
CLASS OF 2012
- Leanne Melbourne: The future of UK shelf ecosystems (NERC-NHM CASE)
- Joseph O'Reilly: Integrating palaeontological and molecular approaches to telling evolutionary time (NERC)
- Luke Parry: Phylogeny of annelids (University of Bristol STAR)
- Max Stockdale: Macroevolution of crocodylomorphs (NERC)
- Nicky Stone: Function and development in palaeognath birds (Self)
- Al Tanner: The evolutionary history of the clitellate annelids (STAR, teaching-research demonstratorship, University of Bristol)
- Fiona Walker: The rock record of the British Cretaceous (NERC-BGS CASE)
- Naomi Apostolaki: Dinosaurian body size (Self)
- Massimo Bernardi: Vertebrate palaeontology and palaeoichnology of the Permian-Triassic of the Dolomites, Italian Alps (Promotion of Educational Policies, University and Research Department of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, South Tyrol)
- Tony Hancy: Life and death in the first complex ecosystems: the ecology and evolution of the Ediacara Biota (NERC)
- J.J. Hill: Evolution of the gnathostome jaw (self-funded)
- Qingyu Ma: Constraints and efficiency in the evolution of birds (University of Bristol Scholarship).
- Richard Taylor: Evolution of plant microRNAs (EPSRC).
- Amy Waterson: Local and global effects of long-term environmental change: A turtle's eye view (NERC PGRA).