Lecturer In Geology
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
BB2.13
Distillery Fields, North Mall
University College Cork
Cork

T: +353 21 490 4570
E: maria.mcnamara(at)ucc.ie
W: www.mariamcnamara.wordpress.com

                           

Dr Maria McNamara is a palaeobiologist in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork. Maria has a PhD from University College Dublin and did postdoctoral research at University College Dublin, before working as a Geopark Geologist in what is now the Burren-Cliffs of Moher Global Geopark. She then worked as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University (USA) and did further postdoctoral research at the University of Bristol, before taking up her appointment as Lecturer in Geology at UCC.


Maria’s research focuses on the preservation of soft tissues in the fossil record and how this provides unique insights into the biology of ancient animals. Her current major research projects relate to the preservation of structural and pigmentary colours in fossils, especially insects and feathers, and how this informs on the evolution of communication strategies in animals through time. Maria leads a growing research group with 2 postgraduate researchers (one based at the University of Bristol) and various keen undergraduate research volunteers.

 

Maria’s teaching is closely aligned with her research. She teaches a number of undergraduate modules at UCC, including second year palaeobiology, third year evolution, stratigraphy and geological map interpretation, and geohazards and science communication, and fourth year palaeobiology.


Public outreach of science is a major feature of Maria’s work at UCC and beyond. She has hosted exhibits and interactive public lectures at science festivals in Ireland, the UK and beyond, delivered interactive classes to primary and secondary school students, featured in numerous interviews on live radio and TV and on TV science documentaries.

Research Interests

I work on the preservation and palaeobiology of exceptionally preserved fossils. My research is highly interdisciplinary and lies at the interface of the geological, biological and physical sciences. In particular my work encompasses the fields of taphonomy, anatomy, sedimentology, evolutionary biology, organic geochemistry, inorganic geochemistry and applied optics.

My research combines fossil-based and experimental approaches to investigating the processes of decay and soft tissue preservation that control patterns in the fossil record of various vertebrate and invertebrate taxa. Key research areas include:

(1) Lacustrine-hosted exceptional biotas
(2) Organic preservation of decay-prone tissues          
(3) Fossil structural colours
(4) Pigmentary colours in fossil insects and feathers
(5) Evolution of feathers

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Major research outcomes to date include the first undisputed reports of, and taphonomic models for, organic preservation of very decay-prone tissues (with subcellar anatomical fidelity) in the fossil record. My work has also elucidated the role of tissue-specific controls on soft tissue preservation in fossils, and has demonstrated that exceptional preservation of vertebrates in lake settings is controlled by biological factors, not short-term environmental fluctuations. More recent work includes the first systematic investigations of the fossil record of structural colour, including discoveries of novel features, and of the taphonomy of feather coloration. I have pioneered the use of experimental maturation techniques in understanding the fossil record of colour in insects and feathers, and have produced the first synthesis of the field of fossil colour. My work on the evolution of feathers has confirmed that feathers evolved early in the evolutionary history of dinosaurs.

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To date I have secured ca. €500,000 in research funding from national and international sources. I encourage undergraduate students to take part in research projects and offer regular opportunities for my undergraduate students to get involved in ongoing projects in my research laboratory.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Evolution of 3D photonic crystals.Irish Research Council01-MAR-1430-NOV-14€5,620.00
The Taphonomy of colour in fossil insects and feathers.European Union01-SEP-1331-AUG-17€100,000.00

Contract Researchers

 Researcher NameProjectRoleFunding Body
Aisling ScullyTaphonomy of pollen in peat bogsResearch Assistant
Sinead KellyTaphonomy of pigmentary colour in insectsResearch Assistant

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Cryptic iridescence in a fossil weevil generated by single diamond photonic crystals'
Maria E. McNamara, Vinod Saranathan, Emma Locatelli, Heeso Noh, Derek Briggs, Patrick Orr, Hui Cao (2014) 'Cryptic iridescence in a fossil weevil generated by single diamond photonic crystals'. Journal Of The Royal Society Interface, 11 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales'
Godefroit, P,Sinitsa, SM,Dhouailly, D,Bolotsky, YL,Sizov, AV,McNamara, ME,Benton, MJ,Spagna, P (2014) 'A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales'. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345 :451-455 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'What big eyes you have: the ecological role of giant pterygotid eurypterids'
Anderson, RP,McCoy, VE,McNamara, ME,Briggs, DEG (2014) 'What big eyes you have: the ecological role of giant pterygotid eurypterids'. Biology Letters, 10 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'The fossil record of insect color illuminated by maturation experiments'
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Gupta, N.S., Locatelli, E.R., Qiu, L., Yang, H., Wang, Z., Noh, H., Cao, H. (2013) 'The fossil record of insect color illuminated by maturation experiments'. Geology, [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Experimental maturation of feathers: implications for reconstructions of fossil feather colour'
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J.O., Field, D., Wang, Z. (2013) 'Experimental maturation of feathers: implications for reconstructions of fossil feather colour'. Biology Letters, [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'The taphonomy of colour in fossil insects and feathers'
McNamara, M.E. (2013) 'The taphonomy of colour in fossil insects and feathers'. Palaeontology, 56 :557-575 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'The original colours of fossil beetles'
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Noh, H., Cao, H. (2012) 'The original colours of fossil beetles'. Proceedings of The Royal Society B, 279 :1114-1121 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'The controls on the preservation of structural color in fossil insects'
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J. (2012) 'The controls on the preservation of structural color in fossil insects'. Palaios, 27 :443-454 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'What controls the taphonomy of exceptionally preserved taxa – environment or biology? A case study using exceptionally preserved frogs from the Miocene Libros Konservat-Lagerstätte, Spain'
McNamara, M. E., Orr, P. J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E. (2012) 'What controls the taphonomy of exceptionally preserved taxa – environment or biology? A case study using exceptionally preserved frogs from the Miocene Libros Konservat-Lagerstätte, Spain'. Palaios, 27 :63-77 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Fossilized biophotonic nanostructures reveal the original colors of 47 million-year-old moths'
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Wedmann, S., Noh, H., Cao, H. 2011. (2011) 'Fossilized biophotonic nanostructures reveal the original colors of 47 million-year-old moths'. Plos Biology, 9 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Biological controls upon the physical taphonomy of exceptionally preserved salamanders from the Miocene of Rubielos de Mora, northeast Spain'
McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Manzocchi, T., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P. & Peñalver, E. (2011) 'Biological controls upon the physical taphonomy of exceptionally preserved salamanders from the Miocene of Rubielos de Mora, northeast Spain'. Lethaia, 45 :210-226 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Organic preservation of fossil musculature with ultracellular detail'
McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E. (2010) 'Organic preservation of fossil musculature with ultracellular detail'. Proceedings of The Royal Society B, 277 :423-427 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Soft tissue preservation in Miocene frogs from Libros (Spain): Insights into the genesis of decay microenvironments'
McNamara, M. E., Orr, P. J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E. (2009) 'Soft tissue preservation in Miocene frogs from Libros (Spain): Insights into the genesis of decay microenvironments'. Palaios, 24 :104-117 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Exceptionally preserved tadpoles from the Miocene of Libros, Spain: Ecomorphological reconstruction and the impact of ontogeny upon taphonomy'
McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., & Peñalver, E. (2009) 'Exceptionally preserved tadpoles from the Miocene of Libros, Spain: Ecomorphological reconstruction and the impact of ontogeny upon taphonomy'. Lethaia, 43 :290-306 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'High fidelity preservation of bone marrow in c. 10 million year old amphibians'
McNamara, M. E., Orr, P. J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E (2006) 'High fidelity preservation of bone marrow in c. 10 million year old amphibians'. Geology, 34 :641-644 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2010)'The Libros biota'
McNamara, M.E. (2010) 'The Libros biota' In: Geologia de Teruel. Teruel, Spain: Instituto de Estudios Turolenses. [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2014)4th International Palaeontological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina
M.E. McNamara, E.R. Locatelli, S.L. Kearns, S. Webb, P. J. Orr, D.E.G. Briggs, L. Qiu, S. Yang, Z. Wang. (2014) X-ray mapping of pigmentary colours in fossil and modern insects 4th International Palaeontological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina [Details]
(2014)4th International Palaeontological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina
M.E. McNamara, J.S. Kaye, M.J. Benton & P.J. Orr (2014) Non-integumentary melanosomes can bias reconstructions of the colours of fossil vertebrate skin 4th International Palaeontological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina [Details]
(2014)4th International Palaeontological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina
C.S. Rogers, M.J. Benton & M.E. McNamara (2014) Experimental decay of avian integument: implications for the preservation of skin in the fossil record 4th International Palaeontological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina [Details]
(2014)Taphos: 7th International Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization, Ferrara, Italy
M.E. McNamara, J.S. Kaye, N. Lockyer, M.J. Benton, & P.J. Orr (2014) Reconstructing the original colors of fossil vertebrate skin: implications of non-integumentary melanosomes Taphos: 7th International Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization, Ferrara, Italy [Details]
(2014)57th Irish Geological Research Meeting, Dublin, Ireland
M. E. McNamara, P. J. Orr, S. Kearns, L. Alcalá, P. Anadón & E. Peñalver (2014) Complex colour patterning in a fossil snake 57th Irish Geological Research Meeting, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
(2013)125th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver, Colorado, USA
M.E. McNamara, P. J. Orr, S. Kearns, L. Alcalá, P. Anadón & E. Peñalver (2013) Color patterns in a fossil snake 125th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver, Colorado, USA [Details]
(2012)Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Dublin, Ireland
McNamara, M.E. (2012) Colour in the fossil record: insights from experiments. Invited speaker at the symposium on ‘Taphonomic processes and the fidelity of the fossil record’ Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
(2012)Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Charlotte, USA
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Gupta, N.S., Locatelli, E.R., Qiu, L., Yang, H., Wang, Z., Noh, H., Cao, H. (2012) The fossil record of insect color illuminated by maturation experiments Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Charlotte, USA [Details]
(2012)Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Charlotte, USA
McNamara, M.E., Locatelli, E.R., Webb, S., Briggs, D.E.G., and Orr, P.J. (2012) Chemical fingerprinting of pigmentary colors in fossil insects Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Charlotte, USA [Details]
(2012)Annual Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Oxford, UK
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J.O., Field, D., Wang, Z. (2012) Experimental maturation of feathers: implications for reconstructions of fossil feather colour Annual Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Oxford, UK [Details]
(2011)60th Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterist’s Society, New Haven, CT, USA
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G. & Orr, P.J. (2011) The original colors of fossil moths 60th Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterist’s Society, New Haven, CT, USA [Details]
(2011)Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver, Colorado, USA
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G. & Orr, P.J. (2011) The original colors of fossil moths Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver, Colorado, USA Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 43(5), p. 53, 15-7, [Details]
(2011)55th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Plymouth, UK
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G. & Orr, P.J. (2011) The original colours of fossil moths 55th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Plymouth, UK [Details]
(2010)3rd International Palaeontological Congress, London
McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S., Alcalà, L., Anadón, P. and Peñalver-Mollá, E. (2010) A new integrated approach to taphonomic analysis of exceptionally preserved taxa 3rd International Palaeontological Congress, London [Details]
(2010)70th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Pittsburgh, PE, USA
Redelstorff, R., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S. & McNamara, M.E. (2010) Die and rot: experimental taphonomy of tadpoles 70th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Pittsburgh, PE, USA [Details]
(2010)3rd International Palaeontological Congress, London
McNamara, M.E. and Orr, P.J. (2010) Experimental degradation of birds and mice: implications for the fossil record 3rd International Palaeontological Congress, London Abstracts volume, p. 86, [Details]
(2010)54th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Ghent, Belgium
McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G. & Orr, P.J. (2010) Understanding fossil colour: preservation of structural colours in fossil beetles 54th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Ghent, Belgium [Details]
(2010)3rd International Palaeontological Congress, London
Redelstorff, R., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S. & McNamara, M.E. (2010) Die and rot: experimental taphonomy of tadpoles 3rd International Palaeontological Congress, London [Details]
(2009)53rd Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Birmingham, UK
McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S., Alcalà, L., Anadón, P. and Peñalver-Mollá, E. (2009) Organic preservation of fossil musculature with ultracellular detail 53rd Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Birmingham, UK . The Palaeontological Association Newsletter 72, p. 62-63, [Details]
(2008)1st meeting of the Northern Environmental Education Development Project, Hofn, Iceland
McNamara, M.E. (2008) Geological evolution of the Burren region, western Ireland 1st meeting of the Northern Environmental Education Development Project, Hofn, Iceland [Details]
(2008)2nd Geoparks Ireland Forum, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Fermanagh, Ireland
McNamara, M.E. (2008) The Burren Geopark Project: a work in progress 2nd Geoparks Ireland Forum, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Fermanagh, Ireland [Details]
(2008)52nd Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Glasgow, Scotland
McNamara, M.E. and Orr, P.J. (2008) Experimental taphonomy of vertebrates: tissue degradation, disarticulation, and implications for the fossil record 52nd Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Glasgow, Scotland The Palaeontological Association Newsletter 69, p. 29, [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014Early Career Researcher of the Year UCC
2014University of Bristol Research Associate University of Bristol
2010Palaios Best Paper of 2009 Palaios
2009British Science Association Charles Lyell Award for Science Communication British Science Association
2005Irish Geological Research Meeting Best Oral Presentation Irish Geological Association
2005The Palaeontological Association President's Prize The Palaeontological Association
2003The Palaeontological Association President's Prize The Palaeontological Association

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
The Palaeontological Association member/
International Palaeontological Association member/
Geological Society of America member/
Paleontological Society member/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
School of BEES Research Committee Core member of RQR team/
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science Outreach Committee Member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC Lecturer in Geology01-MAY-13 /
Geological Survey of Ireland / Clare County Council Geopark Geologist01-AUG-08 / 31-JUL-09
University of Bristol Postgraduate Researcher01-SEP-12 / 30-APR-13
Yale University / University College Dublin Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow01-OCT-09 / 31-AUG-12
University College Dublin Research Associate01-AUG-08 / 31-JUL-09
University College Dublin IRCSET Postdoctoral Research Fellow01-DEC-06 / 31-JUL-08

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2002National University of Ireland, Galway BSC - NUIGEarth Science
2007University College Dublin PhDPalaeobiology

Outreach Activities

 Description

October 2014 - December 2014: Co-hosted the interactive public exhibit 'The evolution of behaviour: perspectives from the past and present' at the UCC Boole Library.

September 2014: Interviewed by The Sunday Times for the feature 'This is my life: Maria McNamara, Palaeontologist'

August 2014: Presented modules on palaeontology as part of the UCC Eureka! Science summer camps for children (7-11 yrs).

July 2014: Extensive media activities related to my co-authored paper on the evolution of feathers published in Science.

(i) Developed a short video explaining the research for the public

(ii) Interviewed on RTE Six-One news

(iii) Interviews for radio: Mooney Goes Wild, Newstalk, RTE, BBC


July 2014 - November 2014: Scientific advisor to the exhibition 'Fieldworks' on animal habitats at the UCC Glucksman Gallery.

May 2014: Team member at the Palaeontological Association stand at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, Lyme Regis, UK.

April 2014: Judge for the regional heat of the international 'Stand-up Science' event.

March 2014: Taught modules on palaeontology to secondary school students as part of the UCC School of BEES Transition Year Programme.

Feb 2014: featured in an episode of the BBC series: ‘Fossil wonderlands: Nature’s hidden treasures’.

November 2013: Hosted the interactive public exhibit 'Prehistoric colours' at the Discovery Science Festival, Cork.

Nov 2013: Hosted the interactive public exhibit ‘Prehistoric colours’ at the Geologists’ Association Festival of Geology, London..

August 2013: Presented the exhibit 'Prehistoric Colours' at the World Science and Technology fair (Bangkok, Thailand). Selected to represent the UK by the British Science Association.

July 2013: Host and co-ordinator of the exhibit 'Prehistoric Colours' at the 2013 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

2013 - present: Hosts a public webpage www.mariamcnamara.wordpress.com that features regular updates on research news, publications, outreach activities, interactive videos and more.

2009 –2012: Volunteer at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.

(i) Delivered biweekly interactive classes entitled ‘Rocks and Minerals’ to schoolchildren.

(ii) Participated in the annual 'Meet the Scientist' event at the annual Peabody Museum Open Day.

(iii) Participated as a judge in the annual 'Paleoknowledge Bowl' (palaeontology competition for kindergarten schoolchildren).


2008– 2009: Extensive and diverse geoscience public outreach activities.

(i) Developed geoscience modules for primary and second-level school students and geotourism-related businesses

(ii) co-ordinated a 7-day geoscience festival

(iii) developed educational materials for geosites within the Burren-Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Ireland

(iv) Published the following commercially available booklets through Burren Connect, Ennistymon, Co. Clare: (1) McNamara, M.E. & Hennessy, R.W. 2010. Stone, water and ice: the Geology of the Burren region, Ireland. 32 pp. (2) Hennessy, R.W., McNamara, M.E., & Hoctor, Z. 2010. Stone, water and ice: a geology trip through the Burren. 64 pp. (3) Hennessy, R.W., McNamara, M.E., & Hoctor, Z. 2010. Stone, water and ice: geoscience modules for primary level. 51 pp. + multimedia CD.

(v) Wrote a weekly geoscience column in the 'Clare Champion' regional newspaper (vi) Was interviewed in an episode of the RTE TV series 'EcoEye'

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Plos Biol Referee-
Proc Natl Acad Sci Usa Referee-
Palaios Referee-
Nature Referee-
P R Soc B Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

WORKSHOP ORGANISATION

2013: Hosted a symposium at the 125th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. ‘Konservat-Lagerstatten: morphology, ecology, and taphonomy of exceptionally preserved fossils.’ 25 oral contributions (including 5 solicited invited speakers)


INVITED LECTURES / SEMINARS

2014: International Palaeontological Convention, Mendoza, Argentina: Symposium on ‘Rotten fossils? Experimental and analytical approaches to decay and exceptional preservation of soft tissues’: ‘Non-integumentary melanosomes bias reconstructions of the colours of fossil vertebrate skin’

2014: International Palaeontological Convention, Mendoza, Argentina: Symposium on 'Paleontology of superb fossil Lagerstätten of China': ‘Chemical fingerprinting of fossil insects’

Nov. 2014: ‘Fossil insights into the evolution of feathers’. UCC Science Society.

2014: ‘Experimental maturation of coloured tissues and implications for the fossil record’. University of Leeds seminar series.

2014: ‘The colours of fossil insects and feathers’. Cork Geological Association.

2013: ‘The fossil record in technicolour’. Geologists’ Association Festival of Geology, London.

2012: ‘The colours of fossil insects and feathers.’ Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Beijing, China.

2012: ‘Colour in the fossil record: insights from experiments.’ Invited contribution to the symposium on ‘Taphonomic processes and the fidelity of the fossil record’, Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Dublin, Ireland.

2012: ‘Squashing bugs to understand fossil color: the fossil record and evolution of structural colors in insects’ British Science Festival, University of Aberdeen.

2012: ‘Squashing bugs to understand fossil color: experimental fossilization of structural coloration’. Dept. of Geology & Geophysics Postdoctoral Seminar Series, Yale University.

2012: ‘The colour of fossil insects and feathers’. School of Geological Sciences Seminar Series, University College Dublin.

2012: ‘Ancient insects in technicolor: the preservation and evolution of insect structural colors’. Yale Institute of Biospheric Studies Seminar Series, Yale University.

2012: ‘Fossil insects in technicolor’. Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments Seminar Series, Bryant University, Rhode Island.

2010: ‘Structural colours in fossil insects.’ Dept. of Geology & Geophysics Postdoctoral Seminar Series, Yale University.

2009: ‘What rots? How dead animals decompose and its importance for decoding the history of life.’ British Festival of Science Charles Lyell Award Lecture, Surrey, UK.

2009: ‘Decay, fossils, and interpreting the fossil record.’ Lunchtime seminar series, Dept. of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin.

2009: ‘The making of fossils’. Burrenbeo Trust environmental seminar series, Kinvara, Ireland.

2009: ‘Exceptional fossils: insights into the ecology, biology and behaviour of ancient animals’. Clare Biodiversity Group seminar series, Kilrush, Ireland.

2009: ‘Fantastic fossil flowers’. Burren in Bloom floral festival seminar series, Ballyvaughan, Ireland.

2008: ‘Exceptional fossil preservation: insights from Cenozoic lacustrine faunas.’ University of East Anglia, UK.

2008: ‘A new look at old bones: bugs, brains, (eye) balls and guts in fantastic fossil frogs from the Spanish Miocene’, SBES Seminar Series, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science, Dublin, Ireland.

2007: ‘Organic preservation of bacteria in exceptional faunas from the Spanish Miocene’. Annual General Meeting of the Irish Geological Association, Dublin, Ireland.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2017Chris Rogers University of BristolPhDTaphonomy of vertebrates in the Cretaceous Jehol Biota (China)
2014Jonathan Kaye University of BristolMScThe taphonomy of melanosomes in non-avian vertebrates

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Exceptional Glimpses of Ancient Life GL4024Exceptional Glimpses of Ancient Life
2015Evolution & Diversity BL3002Evolution & Diversity
2015Geohazards GL3005Geohazards
2015Stratigraphy & Geological Map Interpretation GL3014Stratigraphy & Geological Map Interpretation
2015Marine Ecosystems Through Time GL2019Marine Ecosystems Through Time
2015Easter Field Course GL2016Easter Field Course

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Ben Gearey UCC School of Archaeology

External Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Prof. Mike Benton University of BristolUNITED KINGDOM
Prof. Derek Briggs Yale UniversityU.S.A.
Dr Fiona Gill Leeds UniversityUNITED KINGDOM
Dr Pascal Godefroit Royal Belgian Institute of Natural SciencesBELGIUM
Dr Stuart Kearns University of BristolUNITED KINGDOM
Dr Nick Lockyer University of ManchesterUNITED KINGDOM
Dr Patrick Orr University College DublinIRELAND
Prof. Dong Ren Capital Normal UniversityCHINA
Dr Samuel Webb Stanford Synchrotron Radiation LightsourceU.S.A.
Dr Sonja Wedmann Forschungsinstitut SenckenbergGERMANY