tim-768x917.jpgI am an invertebrate palaeobiologist, evolutionary biologist, and general nerd. My recent endeavours have seen me working with Dr Maria McNamara on cephalopod pigments at the University College Cork and with Professor Matthew Wills’ Ammonoid Palaeobiology Research Group at the University of Bath as a post-doctoral research associate. I am engaged in a number of projects including the identification and evolution of invertebrate pigments, arthropod cuticle evolution and taphonomy, morphometric & hydrodynamic analysis of ammonoid conchs and their morphological disparity across extinction events.

snek.jpgI received my PhD in 2014 from the Integrated Bioscience program at the University of Akron, where I worked on the evolutionary dynamics of sexual systems over geologic time scales in Spinicaudatan Crustacea under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Park and Dr. Steven Weeks. In 2008, I received my MSc in Advanced Methods in Taxonomy & Biodiversity from Imperial College, London, under the supervision of Dr. Norman MacLeod.

My research interests span biological interactions in the fossil record, macroevolutionary patterns, invertebrate palaeontology, arthropod evolution, geometric morphometric methods, and contemporary phylogenetic techniques.

Paleontologists operate between two other sciences… they are more than a bit of each plus something distinct from the other.”—George Gaylord Simpson

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Tim
    I was fascinated to learn that the University of Bath had an Ammonoid Palaeobiology Lab. I have long been interested in these fossils and wondered how they functioned as living animals. I am Secretary of the Geology Section of the Bristol Naturalists’ Society and I would like to ask you if you would consider talking to us on the subject or allowing us to visit your Laboratory. Our meetings take place on the final Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm in the Earth Sciences School at the University of Bristol. We can offer a pre meeting meal and payment of travel expenses. If you are interested please let me know.
    Richard Ashley

    • Dear Richard,

      Of course I would be more than happy to come talk to the Society! When would be best?



      • Dear Tim
        I am sorry to be so long in coming back to you due to my forgetting to check on your website. I am delighted that you are prepared to talk to the BNS Geology Section. Would the evening of Wednesday 26 October be alright for you? If not I can offer the last Wednesday in February or March.

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