Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates PhD and MPhil Supervisors

Professor Sarah Davies

  • Siliciclastic sedimentology, including analysis of the fine-grained (mudstone) record
  • The role of sedimentary processes in the distribution and preservation of organic matter
  • Evolution of environments and ecosystems during Late Palaeozoic

Professor Sarah Gabbott

  • Taphonomy and geochemistry of Lagerstatten
  • Early vertebrate evolution and melanosomes in the fossil record
  • Decay experiments designed to inform on exceptionally preserved fossil interpretation
  • Role of Sediment Chemistry in Controlling Soft Tissue Preservation
  • Interpretation of Palaeobiology and Palaeoecology through Investigation of Soft Tissues

Dr Tom Harvey

  • Exceptionally preserved fossils and the Cambrian ‘explosion’
  • Small carbonaceous fossils’ as a new window onto ancient life and ecosystems
  • The origins and early evolution of animals, especially arthropods and other ecdysozoans
  • Ecological revolutions across the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition

Professor Mark Purnell

  • Diet and Feeding Mechanisms (and the Evolutionary Consequences) in Living and Fossil Vertebrates based on Tooth Microwear Texture analysis
  • Taphonomy of Exceptionally Preserved Soft-Bodied Organisms, and Experimental Analysis of Decay
  • Evolution, Diversity, and Palaeoecology of Extinct Jawless Vertebrates, with a particular interest in Conodonts (Evolutionary Relationships, Skeletal Architecture, and Functional Morphology)

Professor Mark Williams

  • Palaeobiology of Environmental and Climate Change using Fossil Distributions and Stable Isotopes
  • Exceptionally Preserved Fossil Faunas of the Early Palaeozoic
  • Micropalaeontology of Ancient Tsunami Deposits
  • Distribution Patterns and Palaeobiology of Early Palaeozoic Macroplankton and Marine Benthos
  • Forensic Exploration of Archaeological Rock Artefacts from their Contained Microfossils

Professor Jan Zalasiewicz

  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, particularly of Palaeozoic Terrains in the UK and Poland
  • Graptolite Palaeontology and Biostratigraphy
  • Mud Rock Diagenesis and Low Grade Metamorphism
  • Quaternary Facies and Palaeoenviornments, including Assessment of Contemporary (‘Anthropocene’) Environmental Change

Professor Jens Zinke

  • Coral (reef) paleoclimatology and paleoenvironments using stable isotopes and trace elements
  • Role of tropical oceans in climate change and variability
  • Human impacts on coral reef degradation
  • Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene

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