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Recent Members of the Bristol Palaeobiology Group
This is a list of recent PhD graduates and postdocs from the Palaeobiology Group in Bristol. In each case the year of graduation with a PhD, or the duration of a postdoc is indicated.

  1. Professor Peter Allison (NERC PhD, 1987): Professor of Earth Science, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College, London, UK. Contact.
  2. Dr Phil Anderson (NERC PDRA, Marie Curie Fellow, 2007-12): Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  3. Dr Marco Brandalise de Andrade (CNPq PhD, 2010): Lecturer, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil.
  4. Dr Ken Angielczyk (Royal Society Research Fellow, 2005-6): Associate Curator of Paleomammalogy, Field Museum, Chicago, USA. Contact.
  5. Dr Jen Bright (PhD, 2011; postdoc., 2011-4): Assistant Professor, University of South Florida.
  6. Dr Fiona Brock (NERC PhD, 2001): Laboratory Manager, Research Laboratory for Archaeology, University of Oxford. Contact.
  7. Dr Jim O. Buckman (Northern Ireland Office PhD, 1993): Facility Manager, Environmental SEM Facility, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. Contact.
  8. Professor Matthew Collins (NERC PDRA, 1990-1992): Professor in Biomolecular Archaeology, University of York, UK. Contact.
  9. Dr Helen Coxall (NERC PhD, 2000): Senior Lecturer in Marine Micropalaeontology, University of Stockholm.
  10. Professor Gilles Cuny (Marie Curie Fellow, NERC PDRA, 1996-2000): Associate Professor in Vertebrate Palaeontology, Geological Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark (2000-14); Professor, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France. See a profile about Gilles at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology website.
  11. Dr Kenneth De Baets (Swiss Postdoc, 2013): Lecturer, Geozentrum Nordbayern, Erlangen. Contact.
  12. Dr Peter Ditchfield (NERC Postdoc, 1998-2001): Stable Isotope Laboratory Manager, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford. Contact.
  13. Dr Alex Dunhill (NERC PhD, 2012): Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Leeds; Proleptic Lecturer. Read Alex's blog here.
  14. Dr Gareth Dyke (NERC PhD, 2000): Senior Research Fellow, Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology, University of Debrecen, Hungary. Contact.
  15. Dr Kirsty Edgar (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, 2016): Lecturer, University of Birmingham. Contact.
  16. Professor Emmanuel Fara (Marie Curie PhD, 2001): Professor in Palaeontology, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France. Contact.
  17. Dr Gai Zhi-kun (Dorothy Hodgkin PhD, 2011): Associate Professor, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoanthropology, Beijing, China.
  18. Dr Neil Gostling (NERC PDRA, 2005-8): Senior Teaching Fellow, Biological Sciences, University of Southampton.
  19. Dr David J. Gower (NERC PhD, 1994): Merit Researcher, Head of Diviosn of Vertebrates, Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK. Contact.
  20. Dr S. Neal Gupta (Self-funded PhD, 2005): Adjunct Professor: Astrobiology, Molecular Paleontology, Astronomy, Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA. Contact.
  21. Dr Simon Harris (NERC PhD, 2004): Senior Staff Scientist, Sanger Institute, Cambridge. Contact.
  22. Dr Michael Hautmann (Marie Curie Fellow, 2005-7): Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Research Scientist) at the University of Zürich, Paläontologisches Institut und Museum. Contact.
  23. Dr Donald Henderson (Self-funded PhD, 1999): Curator of Dinosaurs, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta. Contact.
  24. Professor Stephen Hesselbo (NERC PhD, 1987): Professor of Geology, Department of Geology, Camborne School of MInes, University of Exeter, UK. Contact.
  25. Dr Anette Högström (Marie Curie Fellow, 2001-2): Associate Professor of Geology, Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. Contact.
  26. Dr David Hone (PhD, 2005; postdoc., 2013-4): Lecturer, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary College, London. Read David's blog, Archosaur Musings. Contact.
  27. Professor Nigel Hughes (NERC PhD, 1990): Professor, University of California, Riverside, USA. Contact.
  28. Dr Axel Hungerbühler (Marie Curie PhD, 1998): Associate Professor, Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA. Contact.
  29. Professor Jürgen Kriwet (Marie Curie Fellow, 2001-3): Professor of Paleontology, Geozentrum, University of Vienna, Austria. Contact.
  30. Professor Max Langer (CNPq PhD, 2001): Professor Doutor, Universidade de São Paolo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. Contact.
  31. Dr Stephan Lautenschlager (PhD, 2013; Postdoc 2017): Lecturer in Palaeobiology, University of Birmingham, UK.
  32. Dr Cris Little (NERC PhD, 1995): Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, UK. Contact.
  33. Dr Alex Liu (NERC Research Fellow, 2017): University Lecturer, University of Cambridge, UK.
  34. Dr Graeme Lloyd (NERC PhD, 2003): Lecturer, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds, UK. Contact.
  35. Dr Makoto Manabe (Self-funded PhD, 1994): Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology, National Science Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Contact.
  36. Dr Carlos Martinez-Perez (EU Marie Curie Research Fellow, 2012-2014): Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Valencia.
  37. Dr Jéremy Martin (Marie Curie Research Fellow, 2011-3): Chargé de Recherche, Laboratoire de Géologie, UCB, Lyon.
  38. Dr Hazel McGoff (NERC PhD, 1991): Environmental Science Programme Director, University of Reading. Contact.
  39. Dr Maria McNamara (NERC PDRA, 2012-3): Lecturer, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Cork.
  40. Dr Nic Minter (NERC PhD, 2007): Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth. Contact.
  41. Dr Kenny Monsch (Self-funded PhD, 2000): Research Associate, Naturalis, Leiden, Netherlands. Contact.
  42. Dr Karen Moreno (ORS PhD, 2005): Lecturer, Universidad Austral de Chile, Santiago, Chile. Also, see Karen's web site here. Contact.
  43. Dr Aaron O'Dea (NERC PhD, 2000): Staff Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Institute, Panama. Contact.
  44. Dr Patrick J. Orr (Northern Ireland Office PhD, 1994; NERC PDRA, 1999-2001): Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, Galway (2001-3); University College, Dublin, Ireland (2003-). Contact.
  45. Professor Paul Pearson (Royal Society Research Fellow, 1995-2002): Professor of Palaeoclimatology, University of Cardiff. Contact.
  46. Dr Stephanie Pierce (NSERC PhD, 2007): Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University. Contact.
  47. Professor Davide Pisani (Self-funded PhD, 2002): Professor of Phylogenomics, Schools of Earth Sciences/ Biological Sciences, University of Bristol. Contact.
  48. Professor Oliver Rauhut (Marie Curie PhD, 2000): Curator and Adjunct Professor, Bayerische Staatssammlung, München, Germany. Contact.
  49. Dr Marcello Ruta (NERC PDRA, NERC Advanced Research Fellow, 2007-2012): Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln. Contact.
  50. Dr Robert Sansom (NERC PhD, 2008): Lecturer, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester. Contact.
  51. Dr Marco Signore (Marie Curie PhD, 2001): Temporary Professor, Università degli Studi del Sannio in Benevento, Italy. Contact.
  52. Dr Michael J. Simms (NERC Research Fellow, 1990-3): Curator of Palaeontology, The Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK. Contact.
  53. Dr Glenn W. Storrs (NERC, Leverhulme PDRA, 1992-6): Asst. Vice President for Collections & Research and Withrow Farny Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, USA. Contact.
  54. Dr Clive Trueman (Tratman Fund PhD, 1997; MSc tutor, 1997-2000): Associate Professor in Marine Ecology, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton. Contact.
  55. Professor Richard Twitchett (NERC PDRA, 2001-3): Research Leader, Natural History Museum, London. Contact.
  56. Dr Charlie J. Underwood (NERC PhD, 1993): Lecturer in Palaeontology, Department of Geology, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Contact.
  57. Dr David M. Unwin (NERC PDRA, Royal Society Research Fellow, 1991-8): Reader in Palaeobiology, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Contact.
  58. Dr Rachel Wade (née Moore) (NERC PhD, 2005): Managing Editor, Journals, Taylor & Francis, London; now Daphne Jackson Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University.
  59. Dr Mark Wilkinson (BBSRC PhD, 1993): Merit Researcher, Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, London. Contact.
  60. Dr Matthew Wills (NERC PhD, 1994): Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biology, University of Bath. Contact.
  61. Dr Joanna Wright (University of Bristol PhD, 1996): Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography & Environmental Science, University of Northampton.
  62. Dr Zhao Qi (DIUS/Chinese Academy PhD, 2012): Associate Professor, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoanthropology, Beijing, China.
  1. Dr Mark Bell (NERC PhD, 2010): Postdoc, University College London (Leverhulme Trust); now Justice Analytical Services, Scotland. Contact.
  2. Dr Massimo Bernardi (Promotion of Educational Policies, University and Research Department of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, South Tyrol, PhD 2017): Curator, Museo delle Scienze, Trento, Italy.
  3. Dr Huw Boulton (NERC PhD, 2004): Preparator, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
  4. Dr Piers D. Butler (NERC PhD, 1999): Analyst Programmer, NHS Cancer Screening.
  5. Dr Liz Cook (Self-funded PhD, 1995): Film and Sound Librarian, BBC, Bristol. Contact.
  6. Dr Trevor Cotton (NERC PhD, 2002): Partner, Bain & Co., Management Consultants, London. Contact.
  7. Dr Qulan Nicole Davies (Self-funded PhD, 2007): Teaching chemistry and biology, Pfaffenhofen, Germany.
  8. Dr Paul Davis (NERC PhD, 1996): Registrar, Natural History Museum, London.
  9. Dr Keith de Blanger (Self-funded PhD, 2006): General Manager at KeAi Publishing, Beijing, China.
  10. Dr Ian Duncan, Baron Duncan of Springbank (NERC PhD, 1997): Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scottish Office.
  11. Dr Tony Hancy (NERC PhD, 2018): Editor, Zigzag Education, Bristol.
  12. Dr J.J. Hill (Sel-funded PhD, 2018): J.J. Hill, Photography, Inc., Orlando, FL.
  13. Dr Becky Carter-Hitchin (NERC PGRA PhD, 2000): Offshore Industry Advisor Manager, Aberdeen. Contact.
  14. Dr. Cees H. J. Hof (Marie Curie Fellow, 1998-2000): Project acquisition, Data Archiving and Networked Services, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Amsterdam
  15. Dr Suzanne Jennions (NERC PhD, 2014): Projects Assistant, Try and Lilly Ltd, Liverpool.
  16. Dr David Jones (NERC PDRA, 2009-12): Publishing Editor, Institute of Physics, Bristol.
  17. Dr Amanda Kear (NERC PDRA, 1992-5): Researcher, BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol. Contact.
  18. Dr Richard A. Kemp (NERC PhD, 1999): Alpha Insight Consultant at Deutsche Bank.
  19. Dr Michael J. King (PhD, 1998): School teacher, Helsinki, Finland.
  20. Dr Stefanie Klug (Marie Curie Postdoc., 2011-2013; DFG postdoc., 2013-2015): Research Strategy Coordinator, University of Manchester.
  21. Dr Simone Klutzny (Marie Curie PhD, 2000): Dental technician, Tucumcari, New Mexico. Contact.
  22. Dr Kate Knott (formerly Harcourt-Brown) (NERC PhD, 2002): Managing Consultant, KPMG, Bristol.
  23. Dr Stewart Knott (NERC PhD, 2000): project/ change management, Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Contact.
  24. Dr Abby Lane (NERC PhD, 2003): Environmental Assessment and Reporting Officer, Environment Agency. Contact.
  25. Dr Graham A. Logan (NERC PhD, 1992): Programme Leader at Geoscience Australia. Contact.
  26. Dr Lucy McCobb (Northern Ireland Office PhD, 2001): Senior Curator, Palaeontology, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Contact.
  27. Dr Leanne Melbourne (NERC PhD, 2017): Events and Communications Manager, Linnean Society, London.
  28. Dr Sara J. Metcalf (Tratman Fund PhD, 1995): Education Officer, Montgomeryshire Museums Education Service, Welshpool. Contact.
  29. Dr Andrew J. Newell (Northern Ireland Office PhD, 1993): Senior Geologist, British Geological Survey. Contact.
  30. Dr Colin Palmer (Self-funded PhD, 2015): Managing Director, Shamba Technologies Ltd.
  31. Dr Bruno Pereira (FCT PhD, 2011-2015): Curatorial and conservation work, Lourinhã Museum, Portugal.
  32. Dr Richard Porter (NERC PhD, 2006): Research sedimentologist, Shell Rijswijk. Contact.
  33. Dr Sarda Sahney (Self-funded PhD, 2012): Designer, Visual Communications at ParanoidFish.
  34. Dr Bárbara Sánchez Hernandez (Self-funded PhD, 2009): Science teacher, Burgos, Spain.
  35. Dr Giles A. Smith (NERC PhD, 2000): National Manager - Conveyancing and Legal Services, GlobalX, Sydney, Australia (internet consultancy).
  36. Dr Patrick S. Spencer (Self-funded PhD, 1994): Immunologist, Centre de Recherche Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, Montréal, Canada.
  37. Dr B. Artur Stankiewicz (Postdoc., 1995-8): Reservoir Laboratories Manager and Fluids Domain Head, Schlumberger. Contact.
  38. Dr Duncan Stewart (NERC PhD, 2003): Principal Defence Analyst at DSTL.
  39. Dr Max Stockdale (NERC PhD 2018): Scientific civil service, Newport.
  40. Dr Owen Sutcliffe (NERC PhD, 1997): Head of Global Products, Neftex Petroleum Consultants. Contact.
  41. Dr Al Tanner (University of Bristol TA PhD, 2018): Medical statistics.
  42. Dr Ceri-Wyn Thomas (NERC PhD, 2011): Editor, Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol. Contact.
  43. Dr Sarah L. Tibbs (NERC PhD, 2001): Teaching, Cumbria. Contact.
  44. Dr Peter Tomiak (NERC, PhD, 2014): Policy Manager, Research Councils UK.
  45. Dr Michael J. Weedon (NERC PhD, 1991): Assistant Editor, 'Birdwatching Magazine', Peterborough. Read Mike's blogpsot on birds in England here.
  46. Dr Phil Wilby (NERC PDRA, 1993-6): Geologist, British Geological Survey.
  47. Dr Maricel Williams (PhD, 2015): Executive Officer, Climate Parliament.
  48. Dr Adam Yates (Leverhulme PDRA, 2000-2): Senior Curator, Museum of Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia. Follow Adam's A Fragment of Gondwana blog.
  1. Dr David Button (PhD, 2015): ERC PDRA, University of Birmingham; PDRA North Carolina; now PDRA, Natural History Museum, London.
  2. Dr Martin Chávez Hoffmeister (CONICYT PhD, 2015): Evolution of sea birds (Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile, Postdoc).
  3. Dr Ian Corfe (NERC PhD, 2008): University of Helsinki Postdoc, Helsinki, Finland. Contact.
  4. Dr Elena Couce (PhD, 2012): PDRA, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.
  5. Dr Barry Cragg (NERC PDRA, 1997-2003): Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cardiff.
  6. Dr Andrew Cuff (PhD, 2014): PDRA Royal Veterinary College and University College London (Leverhulme). Read Andrew's blog.
  7. Dr Jennifer Greenwood (NERC PhD, 2012): Postdoc., IEB Münster, Germany.
  8. Dr Sandra Jasinoski (NSERC PhD, 2009): Postdoc, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Also, see Sandra's photographs through Camera Lucid Photography, Vancouver, Canada, here.
  9. Dr Joe Keating (NERC PhD, 2016): Origin of the vertebrate skeleton (NERC PDRA, University of Manchester).
  10. Dr Jesus Lozano: (EU Marie Curie Research Fellow 2015-17); Molecular palaeobiology of arthropods, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Barcelona, Spain.
  11. Dr Felix Marx (University of Otago PhD, 2012): Marie Curie Research Fellow, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussells, Belgium, and Monash University, Australia.
  12. Dr Benjamin Moon (Self-funded PhD, 2015): Marine reptiles of the Strawberry Bank site of exceptional preservation (Leverhulme PDRA, University of Bristol).
  13. Dr Duncan Murdock (NERC PhD, 2012, postdoc, 2016): Nature and evolution of early deuterostomes (NERC PDRA, University of Leicester).
  14. Dr Yunyan Ni (ORS PhD, 2006): Postdoc., Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.
  15. Dr Fleur Noailles (PhD, 2013): Postdoc, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France; then Lecturer in Palaeontology, Monash University, Australia.
  16. Dr Joseph O'Reilly (PhD, 2017): Co-evolution of Earth and animal life across the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition (NERC-BETR PDRA).
  17. Dr Luke Parry (University of Bristol PhD, 2017): Postdoc, Yale Univesity.
  18. Dr Laura Porro: Biomechanics of dinosaur skulls (EU Marie Curie Research Fellow, 2012-2014); PDRA, Evolution of locomotion in amphibians, Royal Veterinary College and University of Bristol.
  19. Dr Albert Prieto-Marquez (EU Marie Curie Research Fellow, 2016): Research Fellow, Field Museum.
  20. Dr Mark Puttick: (NERC-Chengdu CASE PhD, 2016): NERC PDRA, University of Bristol (2017-2018); 1851 Research Fellow, University of Bath (2018-2021).
  21. Dr James Rae (NERC PhD, 2011): University Research Fellow, University of St Andrews. Contact.
  22. Dr Imran Rahman: Early evolution of the echinoderm body plan (Museum Research Fellow, University of Oxford).
  23. Dr Chris Rogers (NERC PhD, 2016): Preservation of melanin in basal vertebrates and chordates (ERC PDRA, University of Cork).
  24. Dr Laura Säilä (Finnish Academy PhD, 2008): Postdoc., Department of Geology, University of Helsinki (Academy of Finland).
  25. Dr Manabu Sakamoto (Self-funded PhD, 2009): BBSRC PDRA, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol; Leverhulme PDRA University of Reading. Contact.
  26. Dr Tom Stubbs (NERC PhD, 2015): Macroevolution of the origin of birds (NERC PDRA, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol).
  27. Dr James Tarver (NERC PhD, 2011): Visiting Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol. Contact.
  28. Dr Richard Taylor (EPSRC PhD, 2017): Bioinformatics PDRA, MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh.
  29. Dr Erik Tetlie (NFR PhD, 2004): Postdoctoral Associate, Peabody Museum, Yale University, USA (NFR - Norwegian Research Council). Contact.
  30. Dr David Wacey (Marie Curie Fellow 2016): Origin and evolution of life (ARC Future Fellow, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia).
  31. Dr Fiona Walker (NERC-BGS CASE PhD, 2017): Statistician, Ministry of Defence, Fiton, Bristol.
  32. Dr Rachel Warnock (NERC, PhD, 2014): Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Evolution, ETH Zürich.
  33. Dr Mark Young (NERC PhD, 2009): Research Associate, University of Edinburgh.
  1. Dr Naomi Apostolaki (Self-funded PhD): working, Athens, Greece.
  2. Dr Simon J. Braddy (NERC PDRA, 1998-2000; Lecturer and MSc Tutor, 2000-2011).
  3. Dr Aude Caromel (NERC PhD, 2013): Collections and Practicals Manager, University of Bristol (2013-4).
  4. Dr Laura Foster (PDRA, Alumni sponsor, 2012-2014): Ocean acidification in deep time.
  5. Dr Danny Grange (NERC PhD, 1998): Graduate Teacher Training Programme, Peterborough. Contact lost.
  6. Dr Eduardo Llinas Agrasar (ORS PhD, 2004): Seeking.
  7. Dr Raquel López-Antoñanzas: Of mice and rats - a new molecular palaeobiological approach and best practice in divergence time estimation (EU Marie Curie-Skłodowska Research Fellow)
  8. Dr Qingyu Ma: Constraints and efficiency in the evolution of birds (University of Bristol Scholarship; PhD 2017).
  9. Dr Jenny Morris: The origin of plants: genomes, rocks, and biogeochemical cycles (NERC PDRA)
  10. Dr Dan Oakley (Self-funded PhD, 2009): Systematic studies of Cretaceous (Cenomanian) charred plant assemblages from the Czech Republic (Self). Seeking.
  11. Dr Amy Waterson (PhD, 2016): Local and global effects of long-term environmental change: A turtle's eye view (NERC PGRA).
  12. Dr Debbie Wharton (PhD, 2002): Upper Primary Science PGCE, Exeter. Contact lost.
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