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The Bristol Palaeobiology Research Group (PRG) consists of fifty or more people - staff, postdocs, honorary research fellows, PhD students, MSc students, and MSci students. Current staff and postdoctoral fellows are listed below, and PhD students here. Since 1990, over 100 PhD students and postdocs from the Bristol PRG have gone on to employment, and we give details of what they are now doing here.


  • Ms Rehemat Bhatia: Geochemical signatures of biotic response to extreme climates (ERC, Paleogenie)
  • Dr Heather Birch: Planktic ecosystem recovery after the KPg boundary (ERC, Paleogenie)
  • Dr Arnau Bolet: Macroevolution os Mesozoic lepidosaurs. Newton International Fellowship.
  • Dr Chenyang Cai: Beetle phylogeny, the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution, and the efficacy of molecular clock methods
  • Dr Roberto Feuda: The evolution of neurogenic gene regulatory networks (Royal Society URF)
  • Dr Andy Fraass: Does plasticity influence speciation (NERC, Piston)
  • Dr Liz Martin-Silverstone: The influence of mechanical loading on cranial development and function in zebra fish (BBSRC PDRA). Read Liz's (very self-effacing) blog.
  • Dr Benjamin Moon: Marine reptiles of the Strawberry Bank site of exceptional preservation (Leverhulme PDRA)
  • Dr Joseph O'Reilly: Co-evolution of Earth and animal life across the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition (NERC-BETR PDRA)
  • Dr Celine Petitjean: Phylogenomics of microbial eukaryotes (NERC PDRA).
  • Dr Bruno Fonseca Simoes: Vision in snakes (EU Marie Curie-Skłodowska Research Fellow)
  • Dr Tom Stubbs: Macroevolution of the origin of birds (NERC PDRA).
  • Dr Li Tian: Ecosystem reconstruction during Permian-Triassic on land (NSFC Fellow)
  • Ms Chloe Todd: Does developmental plasticity influence speciation? (NERC PGRA-Technician).
  • Dr Kelly Vargas: Origin of bilaterians (CNPq Brazil, Research Fellow).
  • Dr Monique Welten: Evolution of jaws and teeth - new insights into key innovations and the origin of gnathostomes (EU Marie Curie-Skłodowska Research Fellow)
  • Dr Qi Zhao: Bone histology and dinosaurian palaeobiology (Newton Advanced Research Fellow)


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