Dr Tom Harvey

Lecturer in Geoscience

Direct Contact:
: 0116 252 3644
E: thph2@le.ac.uk

Research group: Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates


BSc Geology-Biology Joint Hons., University of Bristol, 2003

MSc Palaeobiology, University of Bristol, 2004

PhD, University of Cambridge, 2009: "Organic-walled microfossils from the early Cambrian of Canada"

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, University of Leicester, 2016

Research Interests

I am interested in the evolution of life across the Proterozoic–Phanerozoic transition. My work reveals the fine-scale anatomy preserved in exceptional fossils, and explores the implications for animal phylogeny, macroevolution, and macroecology. I am particularly interested in the origins and early evolution of crustaceans, sponges and ecdysozoan worms, and in using small carbonaceous fossils (SCFs) to obtain a higher-resolution picture of broader-scale patterns and processes.

Six Key Publications

  • Harvey, T. H. P. & Butterfield, N. J. 2017 Exceptionally preserved Cambrian loriciferans and the early animal invasion of the meiobenthos. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, 0022. doi: 10.1038/s41559-016-0022

  • Slater, B. J., Harvey, T. H. P., Guilbaud, R. & Butterfield, N. J. 2017 A cryptic record of Burgess Shale-type diversity from the early Cambrian of Baltica. Palaeontology 60, 117–140. doi: 10.1111/pala.12273
  • Caron, J.-B., Smith, M. R., & Harvey, T. H. P. 2013 Beyond the Burgess Shale: Cambrian microfossils track the rise and fall of hallucigeniid lobopodians. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20131613. doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.1613
  • Harvey, T. H. P., Vélez, M. I., & Butterfield, N. J. 2012 Exceptionally preserved crustaceans from western Canada reveal a cryptic Cambrian radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 109, 1589-1594.

  • Harvey, T. H. P., Dong, X. & Donoghue, P. C. J. 2010 Are palaeoscolecids ancestral ecdysozoans? Evolution & Development 12, 177-200.

  • Harvey, T. H. P. & Butterfield, N. J. 2008 Sophisticated particle-feeding in a large Early Cambrian crustacean. Nature 452, 868-871.

  • Full Publication List


  • GL1021 Introductory Field Course (Arran)
  • GL2017 Geological Field Methods (Spain)
  • GL3002 Earth Science in Education
  • GL4067 Evolutionary Palaeobiology
  • GL4017 Hot Topics


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