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Current lab members

Dr Alex Dunhill (PI) Lecturer in Palaeobiology, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds.

Postgraduate researchers

Bethany Allen  (2017-) (NERC DTP PhD; SEE Leeds) Biodiversity in the extreme world of Pangaea – Lead supervisor: Dr Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Daniel Hill (SEE, Leeds), Erin Saupe (Oxford), Paul Wignall (SEE, Leeds).

Adam Woodhouse (2016-) (NERC DTP PhD; SEE Leeds) Death in the Oceans: extinction risk in the marine realm – Lead supervisor: Dr Tracy Aze (SEE, Leeds), co-supervisors: Alex Dunhill, Paul Wignall (SEE, Leeds).

Undergraduate students

Lucy Cooper (2020-) (MGeol project student; SEE Leeds) Biodiversity in the extreme world of Pangaea: the shape of the Triassic-Jurassic latitudinal diversity gradient – Lead supervisor: Paul Wignall, co-supervisors: Bethany Allen (SEE Leeds), Alex Dunhill.

Benjamin Kelly (2020-) (MGeol project student; SEE Leeds) How good is the best fossil record? Modelling brachiopod diversity patterns through the Phanerozoic – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisor: Bethany Allen (SEE Leeds).

Emma Long (2020-) (MGeol project student; SEE Leeds)  How well does geographic range predict extinction risk across the Permo-Triassic mass extinction? – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Bethany Allen (SEE Leeds), Paul Wignall (SEE Leeds).

Thomas Pavey (2020-) (MGeol project student; SEE Leeds) Modelling trophic interactions and marine ecosystem complexity from palaeoecological trait data in the exceptionally preserved Peterborough Member from the Middle Jurassic of the UK – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Jack Shaw (Yale), Paul Wignall (SEE Leeds).

William Pullen (2020-) (MGeol project student; SEE Leeds) Modelling trophic interactions and marine ecosystem complexity from palaeoecological trait data in the exceptionally preserved Strawberry Bank Faunas from the Lower Jurassic of the UK – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Jack Shaw (Yale), Paul Wignall (SEE Leeds), Mike Benton (Bristol).

Polly Spruce (2020-) (Undergraduate intern; PalAss Undergraduate Bursary award; SEE Leeds) Deep-fried calamari? The effect of Early Triassic extreme global warming on cephalopod biogeography – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Bethany Allen (SEE Leeds) and  Paul Wignall (SEE Leeds).

Imogen Trigger (2020-) (MGeol project student; SEE Leeds) Was there a Norian ammonoid extinction? – Lead supervisor: Paul Wignall, co-supervisors: Alex Dunhill and Bethany Allen (SEE Leeds).

External members

Dr Benjamin Moon (2019-) (NERC grant BETR project, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol) Ecosystem resilience across the Permo-Triassic boundary.

Dr Armin Elsler (2019-) (NERC grant BETR project, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol) Ecosystem resilience across the Permo-Triassic boundary. (2015-2019) (NERC DTP PhD; School of Earth Sciences, Bristol) Early tetrapod evolution: Red Queen or Court Jester? – Lead supervisor: Prof Mike Benton (Bristol), co-supervisors: Alex Dunhill and Marcello Ruta (Lincoln).

Alumnae/i

Karolina Zarzyczny (2017-2020) (Undergraduate intern; PalAss Undergraduate Bursary award; SEE Leeds) Reconstructing food webs across the Toarcian Ocean Anoxic Event – Lead supervisor: Dr Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Cris Little (SEE Leeds), Jed Atkinson (SEE Leeds) and Autumn Pugh (SEE Leeds).

Isobel Fortune (2018-2019) (MEnv project student; SEE Leeds) Reconstructing Jurassic food webs – Lead supervisor:  Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Bethany Allen (SEE Leeds), Paul Wignall (SEE Leeds).

Emily Turner (2018-2019) (MGeol project student; SEE Leeds) The Late Triassic mass extinction in northern Sicily – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Jacopo Dal Corso (SEE Leeds), Paul Wignall (SEE Leeds).

Dr Thomas Stubbs (2018-2019) (NERC grant BETR project, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol) Ecosystem resilience across the Permo-Triassic boundary.

Dr Fiona Walker (2014-2018) (NERC/BGS CASE PhD; School of Earth Sciences, Bristol) Taxonomic diversity in the fossil record: sampling and real richness – Lead supervisor: Mike Benton (Bristol), co-supervisors: Alex Dunhill, Andrew Newell (BGS) and Mark Woods (BGS).

Aislinn Vickers-Arrigo (2017-2018) (Undergraduate dissertation student, SEE Leeds) Biogeography of the early Toarcian Ocean Anoxic Event. Lead supervisor: Dr Alex Dunhill.

Dr Haijun Song (2016-2018) (Marie Curie Research Fellow) SurE-TESTS: Surviving extinction: traits encouraging survival at times of stress.

Jack Creighton (2016-2017) (MGeol project student; SEE Leeds) Hot enough to die! A study of latitudinal biodiversity in terrestrial tetrapods following the End-Permian mass extinction – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisor: Paul Wignall (SEE, Leeds).

Cian Grace (2016-2017) (MGeol project student; SEE Leeds) Hot enough to die! A palaeolatitudinal biodiversity study of marine vertebrates following the end-Permian mass extinction – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisor: Paul Wignall (SEE, Leeds).

Fiona Pye (2016) (Undergraduate summer intern; PalAss Undergraduate Bursary award; SEE Leeds) Survival of the smallest? Trends in brachiopod size across the End-Triassic mass extinction – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Richard Twitchett (NHM) and Zoe Hughes (NHM).

Dr Jordan Bestwick (2015-2016) (Undergraduate intern) Dinosaur biogeographical structure and Mesozoic continental fragmentation: a network-based approach.

Holly Narey (2013-14) (BSc project student; Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Bath) Mesozoic dinosaur biogeography: A network approach – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisor: James Sciberras (Bath)

Dr Terri Cleary (2012-13) (MSc; School of Earth Sciences, Bristol) Completeness metrics, sampling biases, and the fossil record of the Ichthyosauria – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors:  Mike Benton (Bristol) and Benjamin Moon (Bristol).

Dr Dan Driscoll (2012-13) (MSc; School of Earth Sciences, Bristol) The Mosasaur record: Through the lens of fossil completeness – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Mike Benton (Bristol) and Thomas Stubbs (Bristol).

Kara Ludwig (2012-13) (MSc; School of Earth Sciences, Bristol) Investigating Cynodontia: Quality of the fossil record and the roots of mammalian diversity – Lead supervisor: Alex Dunhill, co-supervisors: Jennifer Botha-Brink (Bleomfontein), Marcello Ruta (Lincoln) and Mike Benton (Bristol).