I am a scientist, assisting other scientist, researchers, and the whole Geoscience and Geography department in reaching our scientific and educational goals. I focus on expanding our funding base, improving our data management and implementation of Open Data protocols, and promoting our internationally recognised, high quality research.
I am also involved in running the NOW (New and Old Worlds) Database of Fossil Mammals, especially the Open Science aspects of it.
My research background is in the fields of biology, palaeobiology and palaeontology. I have mainly worked on two different research themes:
1) Physical properties, evolution, and biogeography of early parareptiles (Procolophonoidea) and their survival during the end-Permian mass extinction event
2) Evolutionary dynamics, including speciation events, competition and replacement, and biogeographic patterns of Neogene mammals, especially the carnivorous orders of Canidae and Felidae
I have also worked on Triassic and Jurassic reptile faunas from the United Kingdom, focusing on sphenodontians (the New Zealand native Tuatara is the only modern representative of this ancient group still existing today), and studied fish mating behaviour (male selection in the least killifish) for my zoology MSc thesis.