I am a palaeobiologist interested in the large-scale patterns of macroevolution, particularly trait evolution. My research has spanned a large part of the (eukaryotic) tree of life: I have investigated evolutionary patterns in mammals, birds, and plants. My continuingĀ research focus isĀ been to join fossil data to information from living species to gain a more complete understanding of the diversification of life. In addition I have explored aspects of divergence time estimation, and have evaluated the best methods to infer topology from morphological cladistic matrices.


  • 2016-present. Postdoctoral researcher, Natural History Museum and University of Bristol.
  • 2012-2016. PhD “Using phylogenies to explore macroevolution” supervised by Professor Mike Benton (University of Bristol) and Dr Gavin Thomas (University of Bristol)
  • 2011-2012. MSc Palaeobiology, Distinction. University of Bristol. Awarded the David Dineley Prize.
  • 2006-2009. BSc Biological Sciences, 1st Class Honours. University of Exeter.