Vertebrate evolution, macroevolutionary patterns, methodology of phylogenetic reconstruction
|Research Associate||K. Lonsdale Building, 2M06|
|GEOL0009 Vertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution|
GEOL0021 Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns
GEOL0036 Advanced Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Studies
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My research focuses mainly on the evolution of Crocodylomorpha, specifically the 200 million year old crocodylomorph group of Neosuchia which contains all modern species of crocodile, alligator and the gharial. I am working on reconstructing their ancestral relationships, the timing of when the different families arose and how they achieved their biogeographical distribution. In addition, I also work on the methodology of phylogenetic reconstruction, looking at how we can improve the accuracy of reconstruction by using continuous characters and different methods of character weighting. In particular, I focus on how the problematic effects of homoplasy and convergent evolution can be mitigated by using these new methods.