Dr Carys Bennett

Carys BennettHonorary Fellow

Direct Contact:
E: ceb28@le.ac.uk

Research Interests

I am a post-doctoral Research Associate on the NERC Consortium Grant: "The Mid-Palaeozoic biotic crisis: setting the trajectory of tetrapod evolution", working with Dr Sarah Davies and Professor Melanie Leng. The consortium is lead by Dr. Jenny Clack (University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge) and involves the Universities of Leicester and Southampton, the British Geological Survey and the National Museum of Scotland. At Leicester, we are investigating the palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic context of tetrapod evolution by analysing the sedimentology, stratigraphy and isotope geochemistry of successions in south-east Scotland where a wealth of new tetrapod, fish, invertebrate and plant fossils have been discovered.

Visit my research blog about the project: www.TetrapodWorld.com

TetrapodWorld logo My research interests include:

  • Early Carboniferous palaeoclimates and palaeoenvironments as the setting for tetrapod evolution
  • Devonian/Carboniferous ecological radiation of ostracods into non-marine environments.
  • Micro-scale assessment of the fidelity of fossil preservation and ultrastructure in order to use fossils as palaeoenvironmental proxies; using primarily ostracods (Devonian to Recent) and trilobite eyes (Ordovician).

Recent Publications

  • Bennett, C. E., Marshall, J. D., Stanistreet, I. 2012. Carbonate horizons, palaeosols and lake flooding cycles: Beds I and II of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 63, 328-241.

  • Bennett, C. E., Siveter, D. J., Davies, S. J., Williams, M., Wilkinson, I. P., Browne, M., Miller, C. G. 2012. Ostracods from freshwater and brackish environments of the Carboniferous of the Midland Valley of Scotland: the early colonisation of terrestrial water bodies. Geological Magazine 149, 366-396.

  • Bennett, C. E., Williams, M. Leng, M. J., Siveter, D. J., Davies, S. J., Sloane, H. J., Wilkinson, I. P. 2011. Diagenesis of fossil ostracods: implications for stable isotope based palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 305, 150-161.

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