Research Group



Daniel Oakley


PhD student (Defended December 2009)
Co-supervised with Mike Benton (University of Bristol)

Fieldwork in Czech Republic

Thesis: Cretaceous angiosperm woods

Arden Bashforth


PhD student (Defended July 2010)
Funded by NSERC and Killam Foundation
Co-supervised with Martin Gibling (Dalhousie University)

Fieldwork in Spain, Czech Republic and Canada

Thesis: Pennsylvanian upland forests: systematics, ecology and evolution

Emiliano Peralta-Medina


PhD student (Defended 2013)
Funded by Contacyt, Mexico
Co-supervised with Margaret Collinson (RHUL)

Thesis: Cretaceous biomes: an analogue for future global warming

David Carpenter


MSc student (Defended 2011)
Co-supervised with Mike Benton (Bristol)

Thesis: A Late Pennsylvanian fish fauna from the Friendsville Mine, Indiana, USA

Oris Rodriquez Reyes


PhD student (Defended 2014)
Funded by Sentacyt, Panama
Co-supervised with Margaret Collinson (RHUL)

Thesis: Miocene woods from the Panama Canal: systematics,ecology and palaeoclimates

David Ford


MSc student (Defended 2010)
Self funded
Co-supervised with Margaret Collinson (RHUL)

Thesis: Distribution of Potoniesporites in the late Mississippian to early Permian sedimentary record

Adam West


Nuffield URB student (2010-2011)
Funded by Nuffield Foundation
Co-supervised with Peter Gasson (Kew)

Project: Wood morphometrics of primitive angiosperms


Oakley, D. & FALCON-LANG, H.J. 2009. Morphometric analysis of Cretaceous (Cenomanian) angiosperm woods from the Czech Republic. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 153: 375-385.

Oakley, D., FALCON-LANG, H.J. & Gasson, P. 2009. Morphometric analysis of some Cretaceous angiosperm woods and modern structural and phylogenetic analogues: implications for systematics. Review of Paleobotany and Palynology 157, 375-390.

A.R., Oplustil, S., Drabkova, J., Gibling, M.R., 
FALCON-LANG, H.J., 2010. Landscape gradients and patchiness in riparian vegetation on a Middle Pennsylvanian braided river-plain prone to flood disturbance (Nýřany Member, Central and Western Bohemian Basin, Czech Republic). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology in press

Bashforth, A.R., FALCON-LANG, H.J., Gibling, M.R. 2010. Vegetation heterogeneity of a Late Pennsylvanian braidplain, La Magdalena Basin, northern Spain. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 292, 367-390.

BASHFORTH, A.R., CLEAL, C.J., GIBLING, M.R., FALCON-LANG, H.J., MILLER, R.F.,  2014. Early Pennsylvanian plant communities on a seasonal tropical fluvial landscape (Tynemouth Creek Formation, New Brunswick, Canada). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 200, 229-263.

PERALTA-MEDINA, E., FALCON-LANG, H.J., 2012. Cretaceous forest composition and productivity inferred from a global fossil wood database. Geology 40 (3), 219-222.


CARPENTER, D., FALCON-LANG, H.J., BENTON, M.J., NELSON, W.J. 2011. Fishes and tetrapods from the Pennsylvanian (Kasimovian) Cohn Coal Member of the Mattoon Formation, Illinois, USA: systematics, palaeoecology and palaeoenvironments. Palaios 26 (10), 639-658.

CARPENTER, D., FALCON-LANG, H.J., BENTON, M.J., HENDERSON, E., 2014. Carboniferous (late Tournaisian) fish assemblages from the Isle of Bute, Scotland: systematics and palaeoecology. Palaeontology 57, 1215-1240.

CARPENTER, D., FALCON-LANG, H.J., BENTON, M.J., GREY, M., 2015. Early Pennsylvanian (Langsettian) fish assemblages from the Joggins Formation, Canada, and their paleoecological and palaeogeographic implications. Palaeontology 58, 661-690.

RODRIGUEZ, O., FALCON-LANG, H.J., GASSON, P., COLLINSON, M.E., JARMILLO, C., 2014. Fossil woods (Malvacaeae) from the Lower Miocene (early to mid-Burdigalian) part of the Cucaracha Formation of Panama (Central America) and their biogeographic implications. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 209, 11-34.