UCL Division of Biosciences

Prof Susan Evans

Prof Susan Evans

Professor of Vertebrate Morphology and Palaeontology

Cell & Developmental Biology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 1984

Research summary

Lepidosaurs (the reptile group including lizards, snakes and their relatives) and lissamphibians (frogs and salamanders, and their relatives) form two of the largest and most successful groups of living organisms. They include some of the most diverse and specialised body forms, and show a wide range of ecologies, reproductive strategies, and locomotor abilities. My lab focuses on the evolution of key anatomical features in these and related groups, and on the consequences of these innovations for their temporal and geographical diversification. 

Our approach is multidisciplinary, combining comparative anatomy, imaging, functional morphology, palaeobiology, development, morphometrics, and biomechanical modeling, to give an integrated perspective on morphological evolution through time. 

We are currently collaborating with researchers in the UK, USA, Canada, China, Japan, Russia, and France on a range of prjects involving both fossil and recent material.

Teaching summary

I currently teach undergraduate (BSc) courses in human and comparative anatomy and contribute to teaching in palaeontology and zoology (BSc, MSci). In addition, I supervise research projects at Masters and Ph.D level (palaeontology, morphology, systematics).


Institute of Education
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Education | 1980
Institute of Education
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ07 - Holder of a PGCE in higher education, secondary edu, further edu, life long lear | 1980
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1977
University of London
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1974


I completed  BSc in Zoology (Bedford College, University of London) followed by a PhD in Vertebrate Palaeontology (UCL) under the supervision of Kenneth Kermack, and a PGCE in Biology (Institute of Education, London). I spent three years teaching zoology and anatomy (and chasing lizards) in Bahrain, Arabian Gulf, before returning to the UK and a position at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. Following the merger between MHMS and UCL, I rejoined UCL (Department of Anatomy, now Cell & Developmental Biology).