Dr Tom Fletcher

Tom FletcherTeaching Fellow in Palaeobiology

Direct Contact:
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: 0116 252 3629
E: tmf11@le.ac.uk

Research Interests

I'm a research scientist, currently employed as Teaching Fellow at the University of Leicester working on hydrodynamics of fossil and living fishes, mainly sharks and their relatives. By examining the fundamental physical processes affecting fish locomotion, we can fine tune our own technology, and seek novel solutions that nature has been perfecting for millions of years. I work in the new field of 'palaeobiomimetics', which uses the wealth of biodiversity in the fossil record for biomimetic inspiration.

More information can be found on my personal website.

Recent Publications

  • Murphy P., McLeod G. and Merrick-Fletcher T. (2015) Bridging the gap between laboratory and field based teaching and learning in the geosciences. Teaching Earth Sciences 40.
  • Fletcher T.M., Altringham J.D., Peakall J., Wignall P.B. and Dorrell R.M. (2014) Hydrodynamics of fossil fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281, 20140703.
  • Fletcher, T.M., Janis, C.M., and Rayfield, E.J. (2010) Finite Element Analysis of Ungulate Jaws: Can mode of digestive physiology be determined? Palaeontologia Electronica 13, 15p.
  • Full list of publications

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