I 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.
I 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