This is really just a micro version of my introductory post about my research and how I came to write this blog, so if you want a few more details please follow the link above. I also now have a research profile page with detail about my research, my published papers and abstracts and all my contact details, which you can read here.
I am a British palaeontologist currently at Queen Mary, University of London. I work primarily on theropod dinosaurs and the pterosaurs focusing on their evolution and ecology, but also on other extinct reptiles within the Archosauria (hence the title) such as birds and sauropods, and on other fields such as biomechanics and sexual selection. I have a degree in zoology, a masters in taxonomy and systematics and a PhD in palaeontology. I’ve spent time working in Germany, China and Ireland. In addition to my research I am very keen on science communication and contribute to a number of other websites as well as running ‘Ask A Biologist’.
As for the blog I mainly deal with two themes – extinct archosaurs (that is mostly dinosaurs and pterosaurs in my case) and scientific communication (that is communication between scientists and the public). I also dabble with zoos and museums, practical tips for palaeontologists (both amateur and student) and review the odd bits of work that come my way. In general I try to keep things simple and straightforward and accessible, so don’t expect lots of technical terms, scientific citations or complex graphs. I hope I can bring something for anyone whether they don’t know the front end of a dinosaur from the back or their dinosauromorphs from their dinosauriforms. In practice that means everyone finds this too simplistic or too complex, but there you go.
I should point out that all opinions on here are my own and are not endorsed by my current (or any previous) institution. Unless otherwise stated, all images are my own or specifically loaned with permission to use – please ask if you want to use them or link to them.
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