Viva success!

Congratulations to Dr Bethany Allen and Dr Adam Woodhouse, who have both passed their PhD vivas in the past month! Both Bethany and Adam passed with minimal corrections and are now both set to start postdoctoral roles in Switzerland and the USA later in 2021. Many congratulations to both!

Murchison Fund 2020

I was delighted to receive the Murchison Fund award for 2020 at the Geological Society of London virtual awards ceremony via Zoom last night. I got the certificate through the post last week and look forward to hanging it in my office once we are allowed back in the building. I just want to thank … More Murchison Fund 2020


The Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting will run as a virtual conference for the first time ever in December 2020. Three members of my lab will be presenting there work as posters, so be sure to check them out if you are a registered delegate. Bethany Allen is presenting a poster called The impact of the … More #PalAss2020

Leverhulme “Extinction Studies” DTP

Good news, Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Extinction Studies funded at University of Leeds. I am delighted to announce that I am part of a new Leverhulme-funded Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in Extinction Studies that will commence with a first intake of graduate students in September/October 2021. The cross disciplinary programme spans 4 faculties at … More Leverhulme “Extinction Studies” DTP

New paper by He et al.

New paper out in Science Advances by Tianchen He et al. entitled “An enormous sulfur isotope excursion indicates marine anoxia during the end-Triassic mass extinction”. Our study shows that ocean anoxia had a causal role during the end-Triassic mass extinction, further highlighting the similarity between the volcanic greenhouse gas-driven mass extinctions of the Late Palaeozoic-Early … More New paper by He et al.

New paper by Song et al.

New paper out in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Haijun Song et al. entitled “Flat latitudinal diversity gradient caused by the Permian–Triassic mass extinction”. Marine biodiversity patterns changed rapidly during the Permian-Triassic mass extinction, altering the latitudinal diversity gradient for 5 million years, a study finds. In PNAS: — PNASNews … More New paper by Song et al.

ProgPal 2020 workshop – sampling bias in the fossil record

I was part of a team led by Bethany Allen and Graeme Lloyd that developed an online workshop on sampling bias in the fossil record for the virtual Progressive Palaeontology conference hosted by the University of Leeds in June 2020. The workshop covers downloading and plotting palaeodiversity and sampling data from the Paleobiology Database as … More ProgPal 2020 workshop – sampling bias in the fossil record

Welcome Polly Spruce!

Polly Spruce has joined the Palaeo@Leeds group as a Palaeontological Association (PalAss) Undergraduate Bursary summer intern. Polly’s project is entitled “Deep-fried calamari – the effects of Early Triassic extreme warming on cephalopod biogeography” and she will be investigating the spatial distribution of cephalopod biodiversity in the aftermath of the Late Permian mass extinction and through … More Welcome Polly Spruce!

Murchison Fund

I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded the Murchison Fund by the Geological Society of London as part of the Society awards for 2020. The Murchison Fund is awarded to contributors to the Earth Sciences on the basis of noteworthy published research. This Fund is awarded to early career geoscientists who have … More Murchison Fund