Marianne Pearson

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Marianne is a NERC and CASE funded PhD student interested in the phylogenetics and biogeography of Mesozoic salamanders. She has also worked on and is interested in macroevolutionary processes and their impact on organisms in the fossil record. She is based jointly in the Evans Lab (Cell and Developmental Biology), the Department of Earth Sciences with Dr Paul Upchurch and the Natural History Museum with Dr Mark Wilkinson.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7698
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2006 - 2010 MSci Palaeobiology, Dept. of Earth Science, UCL
2010 - Present MPhil/PhD Earth Sciences and Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL and Dept. of Zoology, the Natural History Museum, London

Peer reviewed publications:

  • Pearson MR, Benson RBJ, Upchurch P, Fröbischc J, Kammerer CF. 2013. Reconstructing the diversity of early terrestrial herbivorous tetrapods. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 372: 41-49. DOI:

Less formal publications:

  • Pearson M, Jones MEH. 2013. 7th World Congress of Herpetology (meeting report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 83: 64–68. (

Conference presentations:

December 2010 – “Problems in the Systematics and Biogeographical History of Salamanders” Young Systematists’ Forum (Poster)

May 2011 – “Problems in the Systematics and Biogeographical History of Salamanders” Progressive Palaeontology (Poster)

November 2011 – “Reconstructing the Diversity of the Earliest Terrestrial
Vertebrate Herbivores” Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (poster)

December 2011 – “Testing a purely morphological character matrix for
salamanders” - Young Systematists’ Forum (Poster)

August 2012 – “Biogeographical history and radiation of early salamanders: A review" World Congress of Herpetology (Poster)

December 2012 - "The systematics, fossils and biogeographical history of salamanders" Joint ARC and BHS Scientific Meeting (Invited speaker)

April 2013 - "The systematics, fossils and biogeographical history of salamanders" British Herpetological Symposium (talk)


Marianne currently demonstrates in class practicals for “Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns” (GEOL3036) and “History of Life” (GEOL1003). She is also a postgraduate teaching assistant for “Earth & Planetary System Science” (GEOLM003) and previously demonstrated in the field for “From Petrology to Petrogenesis” (GEOL1002).

Field work experience:

June 2011 - Early Cretaceous Las Hoyas lagerstätte, Cuenca, Spain (2 weeks)

2010 – Present           Member of the Systematic Association
2010 – Present           Member of the Palaeontology Association
2011 – Present           Member of Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
2011 – Present           Member of the Herpetologists’ League


Marianne presenting a poster at the World Congress of Herpetology.