Lab news

September 2015: Roger Close's work on Mesozoic mammal diversification highlighted by Mike Lee and Robin Beck in Current Biology.

July 2015: congratulations Dr Sam Giles!

June 2015
: congratulations Dr Laura Soul!
Understanding the evolutionary assembly of modern vertebrate biodiversity is the common goal of our research. Current projects span vertebrate history, from the divergence of jawed vertebrates deep within the Paleozoic to the diversification of mammals in the Cenozoic. 

These diverse topics demand a range of analytical approaches.  We apply phylogenetic reconstruction, morphometry, computed tomography, simulation, statistical modelling, comparative anatomy, and mechanical and chemical preparation of fossils in order to deliver unique perspectives on patterns of vertebrate evolution over geological timescales.